13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Vail
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
+3
Taxi + Fly + Foot + Bus:  4​h 30​min
7
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
8
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Detroit

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Manitou Springs Incline.

To find ratings and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs travel itinerary planner.

Detroit to Colorado Springs is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Detroit to Colorado Springs is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Detroit in July, expect slightly colder with lows of 58°F in Colorado Springs. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Manitou Springs Incline
Highlights from your plan
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park

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night
Canon City

Canon City ©
Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Wed): take a memorable drive along Skyline Drive, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Tunnel Drive.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Canon City tour planner .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Canon City takes 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Canon City can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Wed) early enough to travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): take a memorable tour with Tours, then experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, and then head outdoors with ArkAnglers.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Buena Vista trip planner .

You can do a combination of car and bus from Canon City to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Canon City in July, with highs in Buena Vista at 80°F and lows at 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Thu) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
ArkAnglers ©
ArkAnglers
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy

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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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Fri): trek along Rio Grande Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Aspen tour itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Aspen takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In July, daytime highs in Aspen are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

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night
Vail

Vail ©
Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): admire the natural beauty at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, then trek along Booth Falls Trail, and then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour.

For photos, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Vail trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Aspen to Vail in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Aspen in July, plan for little chillier days in Vail, with highs around 65°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens ©
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

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Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 15th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Yampa River Core Trail, hit the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Old Town Hot Springs.

To see more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs itinerary planner .

Getting from Vail to Steamboat Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Vail in July, you will find days in Steamboat Springs are a bit warmer (82°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Old Town Hot Springs ©
Old Town Hot Springs

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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. Start off your visit on the 16th (Mon): get to know the fascinating history of Ouray County Museum, take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, then admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and finally stroll through Yankee Boy Basin. Here are some ideas for day two: trot along with a tour on horseback, trek along Cascade Falls Park, and then hike along Perimeter Trail.

For traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ouray holiday builder .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Steamboat Springs to Ouray takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from Steamboat Springs in July, you will find days in Ouray are slightly colder (74°F), and nights are about the same (52°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Tue) so you can go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

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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 18th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Two Old Crows, hike along Piedra River Trail, then take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Ouray in July, you will find days in Pagosa Springs are a bit warmer (81°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
Two Old Crows ©
Two Old Crows

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Thu): hike along Animas River Trail, identify plant and animal life at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

For photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Durango trip planner .

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Durango by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
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 20th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Long House, trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

For more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip planning site .

You can drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Mesa Verde National Park are 90°F, while nighttime lows are 56°F. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

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