14 days in Colorado & Saratoga Itinerary

14 days in Colorado & Saratoga Itinerary

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14 days in Colorado & Saratoga Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  6 h 30 min
1
Denver
— Few hours
Bus:  1 h
2
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  3 h 30 min
3
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h
4
Saratoga
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
5
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
+3
Taxi + Fly + Foot + Bus:  4 h 30 min
6
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
7
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
8
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
9
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  8 h 30 min
End: Detroit

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Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum and then ski along the peaceful trails at Cherry Creek State Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Denver tour planning app .

Detroit to Denver is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also drive; or take a train. The time zone difference when traveling from Detroit to Denver is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Detroit in July, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Denver, with lows of 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can catcht the bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors Trails Nature

Side Trip

Cherry Creek State Park
Highlights from your plan
Cherry Creek State Park ©
Cherry Creek State Park
Molly Brown House Museum ©
Molly Brown House Museum

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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.
On the 9th (Mon), admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls, take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, then take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Manitou Springs Incline, find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs journey builder .

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Other options are to drive; or fly. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline

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 11th (Wed): stroll through Rio Grande Trail, then hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On the next day, explore the activities along Crater Lake Trail and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells.

For traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, read Aspen trip builder .

Traveling by flight from Colorado Springs to Aspen takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Colorado Springs in July, things will get slightly colder in Aspen: highs are around 81°F and lows about 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Saratoga.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Crater Lake Trail ©
Crater Lake Trail
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells

1
night
Saratoga

Saratoga
Saratoga is a town in Carbon County, Wyoming, United States. On the 13th (Fri), witness a stunning natural landmark at Hobo Hot Pool.

For other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Saratoga tour itinerary maker website .

Drive from Aspen to Saratoga in 5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Saratoga are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Saratoga

Nature Parks

1
night
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sat): trek along Yampa River Core Trail, hit the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Fish Creek Falls.

For maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs online driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Saratoga to Steamboat Springs in 2.5 hours. July in Steamboat Springs sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can 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
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls

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Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. On the 15th (Sun), trek along Baby Bath Tubs Trail, then admire the sheer force of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and finally explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Mon): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then trek along Cascade Falls Park, and then hike along Perimeter Trail.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Ouray trip itinerary builder website .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Steamboat Springs to Ouray in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or drive. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in July, plan for little chillier days in Ouray, with highs around 74°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

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

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 17th (Tue): take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa, savor the flavors at The Choke Cherry Tree, then hike along Piedra River Trail, and finally admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Pagosa Springs, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
The Choke Cherry Tree ©
The Choke Cherry Tree

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): trek along Animas River Trail and then delve into the lush surroundings at San Juan National Forest. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Thu): trot along with a tour on horseback, then fly down the slopes at Purgatory Resort, and then soothe aching muscles at Trimble Hot Springs.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Durango trip website .

Drive from Pagosa Springs to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in July, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort

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 20th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Long House, then hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, then contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To find reviews, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary maker site .

Getting from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In July in Mesa Verde National Park, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 56°F at night. On the 21st (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors 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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