14 days in Colorado Itinerary

14 days in Colorado Itinerary

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14 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly + taxi:  8​h 30​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Detroit

1
night
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.
On the 8th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park day trip app .

Detroit to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Detroit to Mesa Verde National Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Detroit in July, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are a bit warmer (90°F), and nights are slightly colder (56°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Mon) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Long House ©
Long House
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. On the 10th (Tue), tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedra River Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at San Juan Historical Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls.

To see where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs tour builder site .

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July, expect Pagosa Springs to be little chillier, temps between 81°F and 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Thu): admire the sheer force of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin. On the next day, stroll through Cascade Falls Park, then hike along Perimeter Trail, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Ouray holiday planner.

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Ouray in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in July, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 74°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

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

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.
On the 14th (Sat), hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Crater Lake Trail, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail, and then hike along Lost Man Trail.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Aspen road trip app .

Drive from Ouray to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Ouray in July, you will find days in Aspen are somewhat warmer (81°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sun) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Crater Lake Trail ©
Crater Lake Trail
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

2
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Mon): trek along Emerald Lake Trail, appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, and finally look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Estes Park Visitor Center, then take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan, then explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, and finally take a memorable drive along Old Fall River Road.

For other places to visit, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park road trip app .

Getting from Aspen to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus, train, and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Aspen in July, expect Rocky Mountain National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 91°F and 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan
Old Fall River Road ©
Old Fall River Road

4
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 River Rafting & Tubing and Garden of the Gods will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center and Helen Hunt Falls. And it doesn't end there: hike along Manitou Springs Incline, explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon, take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and explore the historical opulence of Glen Eyrie Castle.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs day trip app .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 58°F at night. On the 21st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, River Rafting & Tubing
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

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