13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Berlin
Fly + Drive:  17​h 30​min
1
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Cripple Creek
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  18​h 15​min
End: Berlin

2
nights
Estes Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): get all the information you need at Estes Park Visitor Center, view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then go for a walk through Riverwalk in Downtown Estes Park, and finally soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On the 30th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, then take in the exciting artwork at Mountain Blown Glass, and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find where to stay, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Estes Park day trip planner .

Berlin, Germany to Estes Park is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. In September in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 32°C during the day and 11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Wildlife Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Estes Park Visitor Center ©
Estes Park Visitor Center
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©

1
day
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 1st (Mon), delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To see ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park route builder .

You can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Estes Park in October, expect a bit cooler with lows of 1°C in Mesa Verde National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

1
night
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 2nd (Tue): shop like a local with Two Old Crows, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then indulge your taste buds at The Choke Cherry Tree, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls.

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Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Shopping
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The Choke Cherry Tree ©
The Choke Cherry Tree

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 3rd (Wed): admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park and then don't miss a visit to Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall.

To see traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Ouray trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Ouray takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in October, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 3°C, while days are slightly colder, around 15°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Bear Creek Falls, Dennis Weaver Memorial Park
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park ©
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Crater Lake Trail and then identify plant and animal life at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail.

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Getting from Ouray to Aspen by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Ouray in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Aspen, with lows of -1°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Cripple Creek.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary
Crater Lake Trail ©
Crater Lake Trail

3
nights
Cripple Creek

Cripple Creek ©
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 North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center. Venture out of the city with trips to North Pole - Santa's Workshop (in Cascade), Manitou Springs (Arcade Amusements, Inc & Downtown Manitou Springs) and Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation (in Guffey). It doesn't end there: explore and take pictures at Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine.

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

Getting from Aspen to Cripple Creek by car takes about 4 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Aspen in October, with highs in Cripple Creek at 25°C and lows at 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cripple Creek

Wildlife Parks Fun & Games

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Cheyenne Canon Park, Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation, North Pole - Santa's Workshop, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation ©

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