13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Roanoke
Fly:  8​h
1
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
3
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Ouray
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  5​h
7
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Roanoke

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): explore the activities along Crater Lake Trail.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip planner .

Roanoke to Aspen is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Roanoke to Aspen is minus 2 hours. In July, Aspen is little chillier than Roanoke - with highs of 81°F and lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Snowmass Sports
Highlights from your plan
Crater Lake Trail ©
Crater Lake Trail
Snowmass Sports ©
Snowmass Sports

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock, admire the sheer force of Ouzel Falls, then admire the sheer force of Calypso Cascades, and finally stop by Glen Haven General Store. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Deer Mountain and then trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

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Traveling by car from Aspen to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Aspen in July: high temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park hover around 91°F and lows are around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Chapel on the Rock ©
Chapel on the Rock
Glen Haven General Store ©
Glen Haven General Store

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. On the 3rd (Sat), admire the sheer force of Piedra Falls, then take in the exciting artwork at Lantern Dancer, and then take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa. On the 4th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk, take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls, and then stroll through Fourmile Falls Trail.

To see where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs day trip site .

Drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Pagosa Springs in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, car, and shuttle. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August, things will get little chillier in Pagosa Springs: highs are around 77°F and lows about 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sun) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Piedra Falls ©
Piedra Falls
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
Fourmile Falls Trail ©
Fourmile Falls Trail

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 5th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Park Point, then cruise along Ruins Road, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park trip planning site .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in August, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are somewhat warmer (86°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

1
night
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 6th (Tue), take a peaceful walk through San Juan National Forest, explore the landscape on two wheels at Rotary Park, and then examine the collection at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Durango trip planner .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In August, daytime highs in Durango are 82°F, while nighttime lows are 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Rotary Park ©
Rotary 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 7th (Wed): hike along Baby Bath Tubs Trail, then admire the sheer force of Uncompahgre Gorge, and then stroll through Yankee Boy Basin.

For maps, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ouray trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Durango to Ouray takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. While traveling from Durango, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Bear Creek Falls, Idarado Mine
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Baby Bath Tubs Trail ©
Baby Bath Tubs Trail

3
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.
On the next day, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cheyenne Mountain, then see the interesting displays at Penrose Heritage Museum, and then stroll around North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center.

For photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs online holiday planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Ouray to Colorado Springs in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Ouray in August; daily highs in Colorado Springs reach 83°F and lows reach 56°F. On the 11th (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Divide, Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, Garden of the Gods Trading Post
Highlights from your plan
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Mueller State Park
Mueller State Park

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