12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Miami, Florida
Fly + Shuttle:  9​h 45​min
1
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
4
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Miami, Florida

1
night
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. On the 9th (Tue), view the masterpieces at Lantern Dancer.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs trip builder website .

Miami to Pagosa Springs is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Miami to Pagosa Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Miami in July, expect nights in Pagosa Springs to be much colder, around 51°F, while days are little chillier, around 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Nature Parks Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, make a trip to Park Point, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, and finally explore the ancient world of Far View Sites. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Long House, hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park online journey planner .

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 and bus. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in July, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 90°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Long House ©
Long House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

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 13th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin, then hike along Perimeter Trail, and then stroll through Bear Creek Falls. On the next day, take a memorable drive along Animas Forks and then trek along Cascade Falls Park.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Ouray journey builder website .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Mesa Verde National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

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night
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
On the 15th (Mon), admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then cruise along Old Fall River Road, and finally explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan, then admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, and then trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park travel planner .

You can drive from Ouray to Rocky Mountain National Park in 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Ouray in July, with highs in Rocky Mountain National Park at 91°F and lows at 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan

4
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.
Visiting Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center and Helen Hunt Falls will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as North Pole - Santa's Workshop and Bishop Castle. Step out of Colorado Springs to go to Pueblo and see Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: walk around Garden of the Gods, don't miss a visit to Olympic Training Center, explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon, and contemplate the waterfront views at Manitou Springs Incline.

To find ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July, expect nights in Colorado Springs to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are slightly colder, around 86°F. On the 20th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Historic Arkansas Riverwalk of Pueblo, Bishop Castle, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Manitou Springs Incline
Highlights from your plan
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline

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