13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: London
Fly + taxi:  15​h 15​min
1
Canon City
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  14​h 45​min
End: London

2
nights
Canon City

Canon City ©
Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On your second day here, cruise along Skyline Drive, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then learn about winemaking at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Canon City travel route planning app .

London, UK to Canon City is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi; or do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Greenwich Mean Time (GMT) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 7 hours. When traveling from London in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Canon City: temperatures range from 37°C by day to 19°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trips

Florence Pioneer Museum and Research Center, Bishop Castle
Highlights from your plan
Bishop Castle ©
Bishop Castle
River Rafting & Tubing
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

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. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Chimney Rock National Monument, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedra River Trail, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls, then look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and then take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs travel route planner.

You can drive from Canon City to Pagosa Springs in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and flight. In August, Pagosa Springs is little chillier than Canon City - with highs of 29°C and lows of 11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Chimney Rock National Monument ©
Chimney Rock National Monument
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): make a trip to Park Point, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, and finally delve into the distant past at Long House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Mon): examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, then explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, and finally delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park tour site .

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. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 35°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 13°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Trails Outdoors
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Long House ©
Long House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree 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 20th (Tue): hike along Perimeter Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, then contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine, and finally hike along Yankee Boy Basin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: mingle with the ghosts of the past at Animas Forks and then stroll through Cascade Falls Park.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Ouray trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August, plan for little chillier days in Ouray, with highs around 24°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

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

3
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail and Rocky Mountains. Get in touch with nature at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and Horseback Riding Tours. Step out of Aspen to go to Vail and see Vail Valley, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's still lots to do: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Aspen online travel planner .

Getting from Ouray to Aspen by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Ouray, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 29°C to lows of 9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Rocky Mountains, Vail Valley, Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail

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