14 days in Colorado Itinerary

14 days in Colorado Itinerary

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14 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  2​h 45​min
1
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Breckenridge
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Durango
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Ouray
— 3 nights
+3
taxi + bus + foot + Fly:  3​h
End: Phoenix

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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Tue): grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail, then stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

Make your Aspen itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Phoenix to Aspen is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Phoenix in August, things will get cooler in Aspen: highs are around 77°F and lows about 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Aspen

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Trails
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Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary
River Rafting & Tubing

2
nights
Breckenridge

Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
On the 15th (Wed), take in nature's colorful creations at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Breckenridge Welcome Center, mingle with the ghosts of the past at South Park City Museum, and then cruise along Boreas Pass Road.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Breckenridge itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Aspen to Breckenridge in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and shuttle; or take a bus. Traveling from Aspen in August, expect nights in Breckenridge to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are slightly colder, around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

#Outdoors, #Adventure, #Tours

Side Trips

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, South Park City Museum, River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum
Breckenridge Welcome Center ©
Breckenridge Welcome Center

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 17th (Fri): trek along Piedra River Trail, delve into the distant past at Chimney Rock National Monument, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs online vacation builder .

Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Pagosa Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Traveling from Breckenridge in August, you will find days in Pagosa Springs are a bit warmer (77°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Winter Sports
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Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Chimney Rock National Monument ©
Chimney Rock National Monument
Spas & Wellness

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 19th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Long House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn more about the world around you at The Anasazi Heritage Center, stroll through Petroglyph Point Hike, and then make a trip to Park Point.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in August, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 86°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

#Historic Sites, #Outdoors, #Parks

Side Trip

The Anasazi Heritage Center
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Long House ©
Long House
Park Point ©
Park Point
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

3
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.
Step off the beaten path and head to San Juan National Forest and Horseback Riding Tours. And it doesn't end there: tour the pleasant surroundings at Animas River Trail, have fun at Durango Community Recreation Center, hit the slopes at Purgatory Resort, and see the interesting displays at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Durango journey planner.

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In August, plan for daily highs up to 82°F, and evening lows to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Honeyville ©
Honeyville
Durango Community Recreation Center ©

3
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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Perimeter Trail. Step out of Ouray with an excursion to Museum of the Mountain West in Montrose--about 1h 20 min away. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin, take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, and trek along Cascade Falls Park.

For ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ouray driving holiday planning tool .

Getting from Durango to Ouray by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. When traveling from Durango in August, plan for slightly colder days in Ouray, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

#Parks, #Nature, #Outdoors

Side Trips

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Museum of the Mountain West
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West

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