15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  5​h 15​min
1
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Vail
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Canon City
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Ouray
— 3 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Chicago

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Rio Grande Trail and Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area. Step out of the city life by going to Aspen Highlands and Buttermilk Mountain.

To see reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Aspen trip itinerary planner.

Chicago to Aspen is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Chicago to Aspen is minus 1 hour. Expect colder evenings in Aspen when traveling from Chicago in June, with lows around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area

2
nights
Vail

Vail ©
Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take a stroll through Vail Valley, then examine the collection at National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum, and then grab your bike and head to Vail Recreation Path. Here are some ideas for day two: cast your line with a fishing tour and then stroll through Booth Falls Trail.

For maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Vail trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Aspen to Vail by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. When traveling from Aspen in June, plan for little chillier days in Vail, with highs around 60°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum
Highlights from your plan

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Buena Vista Heritage Museum, sample the fine beverages at Deerhammer Distillery, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Buena Vista trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Vail to Buena Vista in 2 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Vail in June, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Buena Vista: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Tours Outdoors Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Buena Vista Heritage Museum ©
Buena Vista Heritage Museum
Deerhammer Distillery ©
Deerhammer Distillery

2
nights
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On your second day here, play a few rounds at Four Mile Ranch Golf Club, then do a tasting at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey, and then see the interesting displays at Museum of Colorado Prisons.

To find maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Canon City trip builder site .

Traveling by car from Buena Vista to Canon City takes 2 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Buena Vista in June, with highs in Canon City at 89°F and lows at 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Golf Tours

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey ©
The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey

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 26th (Wed), stop by Lantern Dancer, then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls, and then hike along Fourmile Falls Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Diamond Hitch Stables, tour the pleasant surroundings at San Juan River Walk, and then take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa.

For maps, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs trip planner.

Traveling by car from Canon City to Pagosa Springs takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and flight. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Canon City in June, with highs in Pagosa Springs at 80°F and lows at 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Treasure Falls ©
Treasure Falls
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
Diamond Hitch Stables ©
Diamond Hitch Stables

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): don't miss a visit to Park Point, take a memorable drive along Ruins Road, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, delve into the distant past at Far View Sites, then trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, then make a trip to Step House, and finally delve into the distant past at Long House.

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You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in June, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 89°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long 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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bear Creek Falls and Bear Creek National Recreation Trail. Visiting River Rafting & Tubing and Ophir Pass Trail will get you outdoors. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Baby Bath Tubs Trail, don't miss a visit to Yankee Girl Mine, cruise along San Juan Skyway, and take in the dramatic scenery at Uncompahgre Gorge.

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You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Ouray, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Telluride, San Juan Skyway
Highlights from your plan
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Ophir Pass Trail ©
Ophir Pass Trail
Baby Bath Tubs Trail ©
Baby Bath Tubs Trail

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