12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Durango
— 1 night
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Ouray
— 1 night
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Aspen
— 1 night
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Vail
— 2 nights
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights

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Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): take in the natural beauty of Bath House (Hot Springs) @ The Springs Resort & Spa, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs vacation site.

Fort Lauderdale to Pagosa Springs is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Pagosa Springs due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Fort Lauderdale in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Pagosa Springs, with highs around 77°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park

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Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 6th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Long House, hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in August, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 86°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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Durango

Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): stroll through Purgatory Resort, trot along with a tour on horseback, and then trek along Animas River Trail.

For photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Durango online trip builder.

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In August in Durango, expect temperatures between 82°F during the day and 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort

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Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. On the 8th (Thu), discover the riches below the earth's surface at Idarado Mine, hike along Yankee Boy Basin, hike along Perimeter Trail, then trek along Bear Creek Falls, and finally stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park.

To see photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Ouray trip itinerary tool.

Getting from Durango to Ouray by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and taxi; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Durango in August, plan for little chillier days in Ouray, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Bear Creek Falls, Idarado Mine
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

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Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then walk around The John Denver Sanctuary.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Aspen trip app.

Getting from Ouray to Aspen by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. When traveling from Ouray in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) early enough to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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Vail

Vail ©
Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
On the 10th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Vail Recreation Path, take in the pleasant sights at Vail Pass Path, have some family-friendly fun at Vail Valley Escape Room, then see the interesting displays at Walking Mountains Science Center, and finally see the interesting displays at Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame.

To see where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Vail holiday planner.

You can drive from Aspen to Vail in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Aspen in August, expect nights in Vail to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are little chillier, around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Museums · Wildlife

Side Trips

Beaver Creek, Vail Pass Path
Highlights from your plan
Vail Pass Path ©
Vail Pass Path
Walking Mountains Science Center ©
Walking Mountains Science Center
Colorado Snowsports Museum and Hall of Fame ©

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Ouzel Falls and Hallett Peak. Step out of the city life by going to Coyote Valley Trail and Sheep Lakes. There's still lots to do: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock, admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls, take in the awesome beauty at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and get great views at Milner Pass.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip website.

Getting from Vail to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. When traveling from Vail in August, plan for much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Rocky Mountain National Park: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 56°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 14th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

Coyote Valley Trail
Highlights from your plan
Chapel on the Rock ©
Chapel on the Rock
Ouzel  Falls ©
Ouzel Falls
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak

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