13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  7​h 15​min
1
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Telluride
— 2 nights
Shuttle:  1​h 30​min
3
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
7
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
8
Aspen
— 1 night
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Charlotte

1
night
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 12th (Fri): hike along Bear Creek National Recreation Trail.

To find other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ouray travel route planning site .

Charlotte to Ouray is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Charlotte in July, things will get a bit cooler in Ouray: highs are around 74°F and lows about 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can drive to Telluride.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Baby Bath Tubs Trail ©
Baby Bath Tubs Trail
Uncompahgre Gorge ©
Uncompahgre Gorge

2
nights
Telluride

Telluride ©
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. On the 14th (Sun), trek along Sneffels Highline Trail, then head outdoors with San Juan Outdoor Adventures, then take in the dramatic scenery at Cornet Creek Falls, and finally get a sense of history and politics at San Miguel County Courthouse. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, then look for all kinds of wild species at Lizard Head Wilderness, and then identify plant and animal life at Valley Floor.

For maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Telluride sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Ouray to Telluride in 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 74°F in July, and nighttime lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to take a shuttle to Durango.

Things to do in Telluride

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trip

Lizard Head Wilderness
Highlights from your plan
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Lizard Head Wilderness ©
Lizard Head Wilderness
Sneffels Highline Trail ©
Sneffels Highline Trail

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Columba Catholic Church, then explore the landscape on two wheels at The Colorado Trail, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take a peaceful walk through San Juan National Forest and then see the interesting displays at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Durango trip itinerary planner.

Take a shuttle from Telluride to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Telluride in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Durango: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
River Rafting & Tubing

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. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Piedra Falls and then trek along Fourmile Falls Trail.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Durango to Pagosa Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Durango in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Piedra Falls ©
Piedra Falls
Fourmile Falls Trail ©
Fourmile Falls Trail

1
night
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Start off your visit on the 19th (Fri): explore the wealth of natural beauty at High Dune Trail and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Mosca Pass Trail.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve road trip planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Pagosa Springs to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. July in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve sees daily highs of 83°F and lows of 48°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Trails Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Museum of Colorado Prisons, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then cruise along Skyline Drive.

To see other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Canon City online trip maker .

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Canon City. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in July, with highs in Canon City at 90°F and lows at 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
Museum of Colorado Prisons ©
Museum of Colorado Prisons

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 21st (Sun): hike along Emerald Lake Trail, explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and finally admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Deer Mountain, take in the dramatic scenery at Ouzel Falls, and then contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock.

To find maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Canon City to Rocky Mountain National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In July, daytime highs in Rocky Mountain National Park are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Ouzel  Falls ©
Ouzel Falls
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road

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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): see a world frozen in time at Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Aspen itinerary planner.

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Aspen by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July, things will get a bit cooler in Aspen: highs are around 81°F and lows about 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Trails Outdoors Parks

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