12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Tulsa
Drive:  14​h
1
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
6
Denver
— 2 nights
End: Denver

1
night
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.
On the 28th (Sun), grab your bike and head to Castle Creek Road and then grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Aspen online trip planner .

Tulsa to Aspen is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Tulsa to Aspen is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Tulsa, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Trails Outdoors

2
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. Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): have fun at Ouray Ice Park, then stroll through Baby Bath Tubs Trail, and then identify plant and animal life at Valley Floor. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: discover the riches below the earth's surface at Yankee Girl Mine, then hike along Horsethief Trail, then admire the sheer force of Cornet Creek Falls, and finally get outside with San Juan Outdoor Adventures.

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Getting from Aspen to Ouray by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from Aspen, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Telluride
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Ouray Ice Park ©
Ouray Ice Park
Baby Bath Tubs Trail ©
Baby Bath Tubs Trail
Yankee Girl Mine ©
Yankee Girl Mine

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 31st (Wed): admire the sheer force of Piedra Falls and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Fourmile Falls Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: explore by horseback at Diamond Hitch Stables, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at San Juan River Walk.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs sightseeing tool .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Ouray in July, you will find days in Pagosa Springs are somewhat warmer (81°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Piedra Falls ©
Piedra Falls
River Rafting & Tubing
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk

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.
On the 2nd (Fri), don't miss a visit to Park Point, delve into the distant past at Far View Sites, then don't miss a visit to Step House, and finally cruise along Ruins Road.

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You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Pagosa Springs in August: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 86°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Scenic Drive Outdoors Historic Sites
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Far View Sites ©
Far View Sites
Step House ©
Step House

2
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pikes Peak. Start off your visit on the 27th (Sat): go for a walk through Pikes Peak, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, then take in the awesome beauty at Cheyenne Mountain, and finally walk around North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center. On the next day, immerse yourself in nature at Mueller State Park and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To find more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs vacation maker website .

Tulsa to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Tulsa to Colorado Springs, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Tulsa in July; daily highs in Colorado Springs reach 86°F and lows reach 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Mueller State Park
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Cheyenne Mountain State Park ©
Cheyenne Mountain State Park
Mueller State Park
Mueller State Park
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park

2
nights
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): explore the wealth of natural beauty at Summit Lake Park, then explore and take pictures at Hidee Gold Mine, and then partake in some friendly competition at Denver Inside and Out. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Tue): do a tasting at The Infinite Monkey Theorem Urban Winery, then do a tasting at Balistreri Vineyards, then sample the tasty concoctions at Station 26 Brewing Co, and finally learn about winemaking at Wild Women Wine.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Denver day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Denver takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In August, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 58°F. You will have some time to spend on the 7th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Denver

Wineries Fun & Games Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trips

Summit Lake Park, Hidee Gold Mine
Highlights from your plan
Balistreri Vineyards ©
Balistreri Vineyards
Summit Lake Park ©
Summit Lake Park
Wild Women Wine ©
Wild Women Wine

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