13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner

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Make it your trip
Fly to Denver International Airport, Drive to Estes Park
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
Fly
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
Drive
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Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive
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Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive
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Cripple Creek
— 3 nights
Drive to Denver International Airport, Fly to Berlin

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Estes Park

— 2 nights
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
On the 29th (Sat), get all the information you need at Estes Park Visitor Center, then take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and then go for a walk through Riverwalk in Downtown Estes Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, view the masterpieces at Mountain Blown Glass, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Estes Park holiday maker.

Berlin, Germany to Estes Park is an approximately 22-hour combination of flight and car. Traveling from Berlin to Estes Park, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. In September, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 32°C, while at night they dip to 11°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to catch the flight to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Shopping

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 day
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 1st (Mon): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park road trip planning website.

Traveling by flight from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Expect little chillier evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from Estes Park in October, with lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites

Pagosa Springs

— 1 night
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 2nd (Tue): shop like a local with Two Old Crows, learn something new at The Choke Cherry Tree, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs road trip website.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Pagosa Springs, with highs around 19°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 0°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Classes

Ouray

— 2 nights
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 3rd (Wed): take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, then walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Ouray driving holiday planner.

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Ouray in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in October, you will find days in Ouray are little chillier (15°C), and nights are about the same (3°C). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trips

Aspen

— 2 nights

Rocky Mountain High

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Crater Lake Trail and then stroll through Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, then trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail.

To find reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Aspen travel route site.

Drive from Ouray to Aspen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Ouray in October, Aspen is slightly colder at night with lows of -1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cripple Creek.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Cripple Creek

— 3 nights
The City of Cripple Creek is the Statutory City that is the county seat of Teller County, Colorado, United States. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center and Arcade Amusements, Inc. Explore Cripple Creek's surroundings by going to North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop (in Cascade), North Cheyenne Canon Park (in Colorado Springs) and Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation (in Guffey). There's more to do: go deep underground at Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine and stop by Downtown Manitou Springs.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Cripple Creek visit site.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Cripple Creek takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus, shuttle, and taxi. Traveling from Aspen in October, expect Cripple Creek to be somewhat warmer, temps between 25°C and 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cripple Creek

Parks · Wildlife · Fun & Games · Shopping

Side Trips

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.