14 days in Colorado Itinerary

14 days in Colorado Itinerary

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14 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Chicago
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  6​h 45​min
1
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Canon City
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Vail
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
7
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Chicago

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 5th (Wed): hike along Cascade Falls Park.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Ouray trip maker app .

Chicago to Ouray is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in June, things will get a bit cooler in Ouray: highs are around 72°F and lows about 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Telluride
Highlights from your plan
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

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 7th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Park Point, delve into the distant past at Far View Sites, then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. On the next day, see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park journey planner .

You can drive from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Ouray in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 89°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
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. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedra River Trail, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort.

For reviews, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs visit planner .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
Treasure Falls ©
Treasure Falls

2
nights
Canon City

Canon City ©
Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take a memorable drive along Skyline Drive, see the interesting displays at Museum of Colorado Prisons, and then trek along Tunnel Drive. Keep things going the next day: take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Canon City trip builder app .

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Canon City by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in June, expect Canon City to be somewhat warmer, temps between 89°F and 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation
Highlights from your plan
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
River Rafting & Tubing
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation ©

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 13th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Buena Vista travel app .

You can drive from Canon City to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Canon City in June, with highs in Buena Vista at 79°F and lows at 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Vail.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery ©
Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery

2
nights
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 (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Beaver Creek Ski Area and then trot along with a tour on horseback. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): trek along Booth Falls Trail, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then get your bearings at Breckenridge Welcome Center.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Vail online vacation builder .

You can do a combination of taxi and bus from Buena Vista to Vail in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. While traveling from Buena Vista, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Vail, ranging from highs of 60°F to lows of 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Tours Parks

Side Trips

Beaver Creek Ski Area, River Rafting & Tubing, Breckenridge Welcome Center
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing
Breckenridge Welcome Center ©
Breckenridge Welcome Center

3
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.
Escape the urban bustle at River Rafting & Tubing and Aspen Snowmass. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rocky Mountains and Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Step out of Aspen with an excursion to Cooper Corner Gallery in Glenwood Springs--about 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: identify plant and animal life at Windstar Land Conservancy and appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

To see reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Aspen online sightseeing planner .

Drive from Vail to Aspen in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Vail in June, expect nights in Aspen to be about the same, around 43°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 79°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Aspen Snowmass, Cooper Corner Gallery, Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
River Rafting & Tubing
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass

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