15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Pittsburgh
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
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
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Grand Junction
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Pittsburgh

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls. On the next day, take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods and then identify plant and animal life at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs tour itinerary planning tool .

Pittsburgh to Colorado Springs is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight 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 Pittsburgh in August, expect slightly colder with lows of 56°F in Colorado Springs. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Tue) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Manitou Springs Incline
Highlights from your plan
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park

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.
On the 22nd (Wed), delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace. On your second day here, trek along Petroglyph Point Hike and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planning app .

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. August in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Thu) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree 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 24th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Two Old Crows, then stroll through Piedra River Trail, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Lantern Dancer, look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and then contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs trip itinerary planner .

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. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Pagosa Springs, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive 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

4
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. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Ouray County Museum and Ouray Alchemist Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Perimeter Trail and Box Canyon Waterfall & Park. Step out of Ouray with an excursion to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park--about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: hike along Yankee Boy Basin, tour the pleasant surroundings at Baby Bath Tubs Trail, and take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall.

For photos, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Ouray itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Ouray by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies, learn about winemaking at Red Fox Cellars, then take in the awesome beauty at Grand Mesa, and finally wander the streets of Downtown Grand Junction. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn about winemaking at Talon Winery, then make a trip to The Blue Pig Gallery, then do a tasting at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room, and finally do a tasting at Hermosa Vineyards.

To find more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Grand Junction trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Grand Junction takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, Grand Junction is a bit warmer than Ouray - with highs of 89°F and lows of 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Wineries Nature Parks

Side Trip

Palisade
Highlights from your plan
Hermosa Vineyards ©
Hermosa Vineyards
Grand Mesa ©
Grand Mesa

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 1st (Sat), explore the activities along Hanging Lake and then explore the stunning scenery at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs trip planner.

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 August, plan for colder days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 64°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 2nd (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Nature Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake

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