15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
foot + Fly + taxi:  9​h 45​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  6​h 45​min
End: New York City

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.
Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Long House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Petroglyph Point Hike, and then make a trip to Park Point.

To find out how to plan a trip to Mesa Verde National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

New York City to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 10-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Mesa Verde National Park is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 9th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

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. On the 10th (Tue), explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): stroll through Cascade Falls Park, then trek along Perimeter Trail, and then admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls.

For photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Ouray travel route planning website .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July: high temperatures in Ouray hover around 75°F and lows are around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Thu) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Thu): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On the next day, explore the activities along Crater Lake Trail and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail.

Plan trip to Aspen with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

You can drive from Ouray to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. When traveling from Ouray in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Aspen, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

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

3
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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Sun): cruise along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, then take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, and then step into the grandiose world of Glen Eyrie Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls, then examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then explore the activities along Manitou Springs Incline.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs online driving holiday planner .

Fly from Aspen to Colorado Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Aspen in July since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Manitou Springs Incline
Highlights from your plan
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
Glen Eyrie Castle ©
Glen Eyrie Castle

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.
On the 17th (Tue), do a tasting at Snowy Peaks Winery and then explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road. On the 18th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Red Rose Rock Shop & Dick's Rock Museum, then take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan, and then trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

To see ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Fri): trek along Yampa River Core Trail and then fly down the slopes at Steamboat Gondola. Keep things going the next day: fly down the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs road trip planning app .

Traveling by combination of car and bus from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, daily temperatures in Steamboat Springs can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park

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