13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Great Falls
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 30​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Frisco
— 4 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Great Falls

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.
On the 18th (Sat), explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To find traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park journey maker website .

Great Falls to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum

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. Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): trek along Piedra River Trail, then delve into the distant past at Chimney Rock National Monument, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hit the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Pagosa Springs trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. While traveling from Mesa Verde National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Chimney Rock National Monument ©
Chimney Rock National Monument
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort

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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Bear Creek Falls. Go for a jaunt from Ouray to Montrose to see Museum of the Mountain West about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: trek along Yankee Boy Basin, make a trip to Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, stroll through Cascade Falls Park, and take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ouray tour planner .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Ouray takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in August, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are slightly colder, around 70°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Bear Creek Falls, Museum of the Mountain West, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

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 25th (Sat), hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, then explore and take pictures at The John Denver Sanctuary, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Sun): explore the activities along Crater Lake Trail, then grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail, and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, read Aspen online trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Aspen takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. While traveling from Ouray, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to drive to Frisco.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Crater Lake Trail ©
Crater Lake Trail
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

4
nights
Frisco

The Town of Frisco is a Home Rule Municipality in Summit County, Colorado, United States. Explore hidden gems such as River Rafting & Tubing and South Park City Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Frisco: Mount Evans Scenic Byway (in Denver), Betty Ford Alpine Gardens (in Vail) and Breckenridge (McCullough Gulch & Boreas Pass Road). There's much more to do: explore the activities along Dillon Reservoir, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, get engrossed in the history at Breckenridge Welcome Center, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House.

For ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Frisco trip planner.

You can drive from Aspen to Frisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Aspen in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Frisco, with highs around 62°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Frisco

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Breckenridge, Mount Evans Scenic Byway, South Park City Museum, Dillon Reservoir, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum
Boreas Pass Road ©
Boreas Pass Road

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