13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  12​h
1
Denver
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  4​h 15​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
4
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Palisade
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
7
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 30​min
End: London

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): stop by Tattered Cover Bookstore and then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Denver online vacation builder .

London, UK to Denver is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Denver is minus 7 hours. Traveling from London in June, you will find days in Denver are a bit warmer (33°C), and nights are about the same (15°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Neighborhoods Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Tattered Cover Book Store Colfax ©
Tattered Cover Book Store Colfax

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House and then delve into the distant past at Balcony House.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park holiday planner.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Denver to Mesa Verde National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Denver in June, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are somewhat warmer (37°C), and nights are a bit cooler (9°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

few
hours
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. To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read Pagosa Springs trip maker site .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 30°C, while lows dip to 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Outdoors Parks Tours

3
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. Explore hidden gems such as Dennis Weaver Memorial Park and Molas Pass. Escape the urban bustle at Last Dollar Road and Painted Wall. When in Ouray, make a side trip to see Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, approximately 1h 30 min away.

To see other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ouray trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Ouray takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in June, you will find days in Ouray are little chillier (25°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Palisade.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Ridgway, Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, Molas Pass
Highlights from your plan
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park ©
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park
Painted Wall ©
Painted Wall

2
nights
Palisade

Palisade ©
Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. On the 4th (Wed), learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies, learn about winemaking at Debeque Canyon Winery, do a tasting at Hermosa Vineyards, then do a tasting at Mesa Park Vineyards, and finally learn about winemaking at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room.

For photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Palisade trip planner .

Drive from Ouray to Palisade in 2 hours. In July, Palisade is a bit warmer than Ouray - with highs of 41°C and lows of 21°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) so you can travel to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Palisade

Wineries
Highlights from your plan
Hermosa Vineyards ©
Hermosa Vineyards
Mesa Park Vineyards ©
Mesa Park Vineyards

2
nights
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Thu): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Fri): stop by Sioux Villa Curio, then trek along Hanging Lake Trail, and then trek along Grizzly Creek Trail.

You can plan Glenwood Springs trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Getting from Palisade to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. When traveling from Palisade in July, plan for cooler days and slightly colder nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 12°C at night. You'll set off for Aspen on the 7th (Sat).

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Sioux Villa Curio ©
Sioux Villa Curio

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.
Take a break from the city and head to Maroon Bells and Snowmass Village Hiking Trails. Explore hidden gems such as Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area and Castle Creek Road. The adventure continues: look for gifts at Snowmass Sports and pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Aspen trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Aspen in an hour. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in July, you will find days in Aspen are a bit warmer (32°C), and nights are about the same (11°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Snowmass Village, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area ©
Snowmass Sports ©
Snowmass Sports

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