12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  6​h 45​min
1
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Estes Park
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h
5
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Atlanta

3
nights
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Perimeter Trail and Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall. Step out of the city life by going to Yankee Boy Basin and Box Canyon Waterfall & Park. Take a break from Ouray with a short trip to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, about 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ouray County Museum, and trek along Cascade Falls Park.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Ouray route planner .

Atlanta to Ouray is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Atlanta in October, plan for colder days in Ouray, with highs around 56°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Bear Creek Falls, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Highlights from your plan
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

2
nights
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs ©
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Two Old Crows, then stroll through Piedra River Trail, and then soothe aching muscles at The Springs Resort & Spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk, take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs sightseeing planner.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in October: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at The Anasazi Heritage Center, then admire the masterpieces at Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, and then stroll through Petroglyph Point Hike.

To see traveler tips, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in October, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are somewhat warmer (69°F), and nights are about the same (34°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

The Anasazi Heritage Center, Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center

1
night
Estes Park

More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then wander the streets of Downtown Estes Park. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Estes Park Visitor Center, look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, then explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, and finally appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Estes Park day trip app .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In October, daytime highs in Estes Park are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Estes Park

Wildlife Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Estes Park Visitor Center ©
Estes Park Visitor Center
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

2
nights
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 12th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Crater Lake Trail, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail, and then stop by Snowmass Sports. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of The John Denver Sanctuary and then stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

Make your Aspen itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Estes Park to Aspen in 4 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Estes Park in October, with highs in Aspen at 60°F and lows at 30°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Snowmass Sports
Highlights from your plan
Crater Lake Trail ©
Crater Lake Trail
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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