15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Philadelphia
Fly + shuttle:  9​h 30​min
1
Pagosa Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Grand Junction
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
+4
Drive + bus + foot + Fly + train:  10​h 15​min
End: Philadelphia

3
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 16th (Sat): indulge your taste buds at The Choke Cherry Tree and then stroll through Piedra River Trail. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa, shop like a local with Fred Harman Art Museum, then delve into the distant past at Chimney Rock National Monument, and finally admire the sheer force of Piedra Falls.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs trip planner .

Philadelphia to Pagosa Springs is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight, taxi, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Philadelphia in June, expect cooler with lows of 44°F in Pagosa Springs. On the 19th (Tue), you'll travel 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
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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 Bear Creek Falls and Ice Lakes Trail will get you outdoors. Step off the beaten path and head to Blue Mesa Fishing and Dennis Weaver Memorial Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Molas Pass (in Silverton), Gunnison Pioneer Museum (in Gunnison) and Telluride (BootDoctors Telluride, Town Park, & more). Next up on the itinerary: trek along Last Dollar Road and take a memorable drive along San Juan Skyway.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read Ouray online route planner .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Ouray in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. While traveling from Pagosa Springs, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 71°F to lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can travel to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Telluride, Silverton, Gunnison, Ridgway, San Juan Skyway
Highlights from your plan
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park ©
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park
Ice Lakes Trailhead ©
Ice Lakes Trailhead

3
nights
Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. On the 22nd (Fri), do a tasting at Talon Winery. On the 23rd (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: pause for some photo ops at Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial, do a tasting at Maison La Belle Vie Winery & Amy's Courtyard, then do a tasting at Varaison Vineyards & Winery, then learn about winemaking at Two Rivers Winery, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Colorado National Monument.

To find maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Grand Junction day trip planning site .

Do a combination of taxi and bus from Ouray to Grand Junction in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In June, Grand Junction is somewhat warmer than Ouray - with highs of 89°F and lows of 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Wineries Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Palisade, Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial, Colorado National Monument, Fisher Towers
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Fisher Towers ©
Fisher Towers
Grande River Vineyards & Winery ©
Grande River Vineyards & Winery

2
nights
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 25th (Mon), contemplate the waterfront views at Crater Lake Trail and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Tue): tour the water at your own pace with Blue Sky Adventures, then admire the sheer force of Rifle Falls, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Rocky Mountains.

Find out how to plan Glenwood Springs trip without stress by asking Inspirock to help create an itinerary.

You can drive from Grand Junction to Glenwood Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Grand Junction in June, plan for much colder days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 65°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Aspen, Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Blue Sky Adventures ©
Blue Sky Adventures
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail

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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 27th (Wed), examine the collection at Moraine Park Museum. On the 28th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the awesome beauty at Longs Peak, trek along Lily Lake Trailhead, and then take in the awesome beauty at Deer Mountain.

To see photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and car. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Grand Lake
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Longs Peak ©
Longs Peak
Deer Mountain ©
Deer Mountain

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