12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly:  6​h 30​min
1
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Breckenridge
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  8​h
End: Seattle

2
nights
Estes Park

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 28th (Sat): look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take a stroll through Downtown Estes Park, and then view the masterpieces at Mountain Blown Glass.

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Seattle to Estes Park is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Seattle to Estes Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Seattle in September, you will find days in Estes Park are a bit warmer (81°F), and nights are a bit cooler (50°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trip

Emerald Lake Trail
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Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Estes Park Visitor Center ©
Estes Park Visitor Center
Mountain Blown Glass ©
Mountain Blown Glass

2
nights
Breckenridge

Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
On the 1st (Tue), get into the urban bustle at Riverwalk Center, hunt for treasures at Dillon Farmers' Market, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On the next day, see a world frozen in time at South Park City Museum, take a memorable drive along Boreas Pass Road, and then stop by Ready Paint Fire!.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Breckenridge trip website .

Drive from Estes Park to Breckenridge in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. While traveling from Estes Park, expect much colder days and slightly colder nights in Breckenridge, ranging from highs of 58°F to lows of 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Shopping Adventure

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, South Park City Museum, Dillon Farmers' Market
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum
Boreas Pass Road ©
Boreas Pass Road

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.
On the 3rd (Thu), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, and then trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Crater Lake Trail, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail, and then stop by Gene Taylor Sports.

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Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Aspen takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Breckenridge in October, you will find days in Aspen are somewhat warmer (60°F), and nights are about the same (30°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Fri) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Gene Taylor Sports
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Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Crater Lake Trail ©
Crater Lake Trail
Gene Taylor Sports ©
Gene Taylor Sports

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 5th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin, admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Falls Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Perimeter Trail, and then look for gifts at Route 550 Gifts.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Ouray attractions planner .

You can drive from Aspen to Ouray in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Ouray when traveling from Aspen in October, with lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Route 550 Gifts
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls 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. Start off your visit on the 7th (Mon): witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa, look for gifts at Made in Colorado Shoppe, then take in the exciting artwork at Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs road trip app .

You can drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. While traveling from Ouray, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Shopping
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The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
Made in Colorado Shoppe ©
Made in Colorado Shoppe

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 8th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Petroglyph Point Hike, and then delve into the distant past at Long House. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Far View Sites.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary builder website .

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 October, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be about the same, around 34°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 69°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

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