13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Denver
Bus:  1​h
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  4​h 45​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Breckenridge
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
7
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
End: Denver

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls, identify plant and animal life at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center, and then find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon and then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

To see where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs online holiday builder .

Denver to Colorado Springs is an approximately 1-hour bus ride. You can also drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park
Climbing Tours

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 18th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip maker site .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Mesa Verde National Park are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

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 19th (Thu), trek along Piedra River Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at San Juan River Walk, and then take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 20th (Fri): see the interesting displays at San Juan Historical Museum, identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July: high temperatures in Pagosa Springs hover around 81°F and lows are around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk

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. Kids will appreciate attractions like Horseback Riding Tours and Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cascade Falls Park and Perimeter Trail. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, get to know the fascinating history of Ouray County Museum, hike along Yankee Boy Basin, and make a trip to Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall.

To see reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Ouray trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Pagosa Springs to Ouray in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in July, you will find days in Ouray are little chillier (74°F), and nights are about the same (52°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
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 24th (Tue): hike along Lost Man Trail and then stroll through Aspen Snowmass. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

Plan a Aspen trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

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 a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Aspen Snowmass
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

1
night
Breckenridge

Breckenridge ©
Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
On the 26th (Thu), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Epic Discovery at Breck, then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms, and then hike along McCullough Gulch.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Breckenridge road trip app .

You can drive from Aspen to Breckenridge in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Aspen in July: highs in Breckenridge hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Epic Discovery at Breck ©
Epic Discovery at Breck
Room Escape Games

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 27th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Estes Park Visitor Center, then explore and take pictures at Old Fall River Road, then admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Sprague Lake, admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, and then hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3 hours. While traveling from Breckenridge, expect much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Rocky Mountain National Park, ranging from highs of 91°F to lows of 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Estes Park Visitor Center
Highlights from your plan
Old Fall River Road ©
Old Fall River Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan

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