12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Tulsa
Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Vail
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Tulsa

1
night
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 28th (Sun): trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park day trip planner.

Tulsa to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Tulsa to Mesa Verde National Park is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Tulsa in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 56°F in Mesa Verde National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums Parks
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Long House ©
Long House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum

2
nights
Durango

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.
On the 30th (Tue), explore the landscape on two wheels at Rotary Park, trek along Animas River Trail, and then take a memorable drive along Million Dollar Highway. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Purgatory Resort and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Durango trip planning website .

You can 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. July in Durango sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 54°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Million Dollar Highway
Highlights from your plan
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail
Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
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 1st (Thu): witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri): identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, stop by Made in Colorado Shoppe, and then hike along Piedra River Trail.

For photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs trip itinerary app .

Drive from Durango to Pagosa Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Durango in July, you will find days in Pagosa Springs are a bit cooler (81°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

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

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. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): appreciate the extensive heritage of Ouray County Museum, admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine, then stroll through Yankee Boy Basin, and finally don't miss a visit to Idarado Mine. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Cascade Falls Park, then walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then hike along Perimeter Trail.

To find where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ouray tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Ouray in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in August, plan for slightly colder days in Ouray, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

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

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 5th (Mon): stroll through Rio Grande Trail, hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Crater Lake Trail, then see a world frozen in time at Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Aspen day trip planning app .

You can drive from Ouray to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Ouray in August, you will find days in Aspen are a bit warmer (77°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Vail.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Crater Lake Trail ©
Crater Lake Trail
Ashcroft Ghost Town ©
Ashcroft Ghost Town

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then cruise along Boreas Pass Road, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): trot along with a tour on horseback and then admire the natural beauty at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens.

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Traveling by car from Aspen to Vail takes 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 slightly colder, around 62°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Breckenridge, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Boreas Pass Road ©
Boreas Pass Road
Horseback Riding Tours

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