14 days in Colorado Itinerary

14 days in Colorado Itinerary

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14 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Frisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Canon City
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  9​h 15​min
End: New York City

1
night
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
On the 19th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs travel itinerary planner .

New York City to Colorado Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Colorado Springs is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in May, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Colorado Springs, with lows of 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt 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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Tue): delve into the distant past at Long House, then hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House. On the next day, delve into the distant past at Far View Sites, hike along Spruce Canyon Trail, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park online journey planner .

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in May, and nighttime lows around 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long 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 23rd (Thu): take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa, then hike along Piedra River Trail, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort.

To see ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in May: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 63°F, while lows dip to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can drive to Ouray.

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
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, then hike along Yankee Boy Basin, and finally contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine. On the 26th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Cascade Falls Park, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ouray County Museum, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Perimeter Trail.

To find maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Ouray trip tool .

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Ouray by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 55°F by day to 36°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

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

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 27th (Mon): hit the slopes at Aspen Snowmass and then look for all kinds of wild species at Windstar Land Conservancy. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aspen Mountain / Ajax.

To find other places to visit, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen sightseeing planner .

Getting from Ouray to Aspen by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. When traveling from Ouray in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can drive to Frisco.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Aspen Snowmass
Highlights from your plan
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass

2
nights
Frisco

Frisco ©
The Town of Frisco is a Home Rule Municipality in Summit County, Colorado, United States. On the 29th (Wed), stroll through Copper Mountain and then hit the slopes at Frisco Adventure Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: glide through natural beauty at French Gulch and then get interesting insight from Tours.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Frisco trip planner .

Getting from Aspen to Frisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. While traveling from Aspen, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Frisco, ranging from highs of 44°F to lows of 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Frisco

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Copper Mountain, French Gulch
Highlights from your plan
Copper Mountain ©
Copper Mountain
River Rafting & Tubing
Frisco Adventure Park ©
Frisco Adventure Park

2
nights
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Fri): cruise along Skyline Drive, examine the collection at Museum of Colorado Prisons, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Canon City online holiday maker .

Traveling by car from Frisco to Canon City takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Frisco in May, you will find days in Canon City are much warmer (72°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (46°F). On the 1st (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
Museum of Colorado Prisons ©
Museum of Colorado Prisons

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