14 days in Colorado Itinerary

14 days in Colorado Itinerary

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14 days in Colorado Itinerary

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

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. Visiting Yankee Boy Basin and Perimeter Trail will get you outdoors. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall and Dennis Weaver Memorial Park. There's much more to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, trek along Bear Creek Falls, see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Baby Bath Tubs Trail.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ouray road trip planner.

New York City to Ouray is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Ouray due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in June, expect Ouray to be little chillier, temps between 72°F and 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Bear Creek Falls, Dennis Weaver Memorial Park
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Dennis Weaver Memorial Park ©
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

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 4th (Wed): take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa, then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls, and then take in the exciting artwork at Lantern Dancer. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort.

For photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs vacation builder site .

You can drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in July, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 51°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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 6th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. On your second day here, trek along Petroglyph Point Hike and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park online 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. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Pagosa Springs in July: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 90°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Long House ©
Long House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

3
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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center and Manitou Springs Incline. Take a break from the city and head to North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center and Pikes Peak - America's Mountain. There's more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon and have some family-friendly fun at Arcade Amusements, Inc.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs vacation planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In July, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Tue) so you can travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Highlights from your plan
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park

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.
On the 11th (Wed), hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Thu): hit the slopes at Aspen Snowmass.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Aspen trip builder .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Aspen by flight takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Colorado Springs in July; daily highs in Aspen reach 81°F and lows reach 49°F. You'll have a few hours on the 13th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Aspen Snowmass
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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