12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Hooper
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Cortez
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  8​h 15​min
End: New York City

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): admire the local landmark of Mill Street Fountain. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Tue): pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, then hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail.

To find traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Aspen travel planning tool .

New York City to Aspen is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Aspen due to the time zone difference. When traveling from New York City in June, plan for slightly colder days in Aspen, with highs around 75°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.

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
Mill Street Fountain ©
Mill Street Fountain

3
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): hike along Manitou Springs Incline and then identify plant and animal life at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods and then look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center.

To find ratings, traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs tour builder website .

Traveling by flight from Aspen to Colorado Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Aspen in June: high temperatures in Colorado Springs hover around 85°F and lows are around 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to travel to Hooper.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Springs Incline, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Highlights from your plan
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park

1
night
Hooper

Hooper ©
The Town of Hooper is a Statutory Town located in the San Luis Valley in Alamosa County, Colorado, United States. On the 23rd (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Gators Reptile Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Hooper trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Hooper in 3 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Hooper when traveling from Colorado Springs in June, with lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Hooper

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Colorado Gators Reptile Park
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Gators Reptile Park ©
Colorado Gators Reptile Park

1
night
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. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sun): trek along Piedra River Trail and then witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs online journey planner .

You can drive from Hooper to Pagosa Springs in 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 79°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin, then take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Bear Creek Falls, stroll through Perimeter Trail, and then trek along Cascade Falls Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Ouray visit planner.

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Ouray takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Pagosa Springs in June: highs in Ouray hover around 71°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Cortez.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

1
night
Cortez

Cortez ©
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace and then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

To see other places to visit, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cortez travel planner .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Cortez takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Ouray in June, expect nights in Cortez to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 87°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center

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