13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Albuquerque
Drive:  4​h 15​min
1
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Ouray
— 4 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Albuquerque

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. Visiting The Springs Resort & Spa and Treasure Falls will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Wolf Creek Ski Resort and Piedra River Trail. There's more to do: stop by Made in Colorado Shoppe and view the masterpieces at Lantern Dancer.

To find maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs driving holiday planning site .

Albuquerque to Pagosa Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. While traveling from Albuquerque, expect a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): contemplate the long history of Petroglyph Point Hike and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

Before you visit Mesa Verde National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

4
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. Explore hidden gems such as Yankee Boy Basin and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Get outdoors at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park and Perimeter Trail. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, tour the pleasant surroundings at Baby Bath Tubs Trail, and hike along Cascade Falls Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Ouray tour website .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Ouray, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Bear Creek Falls, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

1
night
Canon City

Canon City ©
Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): cruise along Skyline Drive and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Canon City holiday planning app .

You can drive from Ouray to Canon City in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in June: high temperatures in Canon City hover around 89°F and lows are around 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
River Rafting & Tubing

3
nights
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.
Visiting Garden of the Gods and Manitou Springs Incline will get you outdoors. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Red Rock Canyon and North Pole - Santa's Workshop. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and look for all kinds of wild species at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs visit planner .

Drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. While traveling from Canon City, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Springs Incline, North Pole - Santa's Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
Red Rock Canyon Open Space ©
Red Rock Canyon Open Space
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls

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