15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Buffalo
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h
3
Grand Junction
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
6
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Buffalo

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.
Get some historical perspective at Bishop Castle and Glen Eyrie Castle. Explore hidden gems such as National Museum of World War II Aviation and Garden of the Gods Trading Post. Step out of Colorado Springs to go to Canon City and see River Rafting & Tubing, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. The adventure continues: explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and stop by Downtown Manitou Springs.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs road trip planning site .

Buffalo to Colorado Springs is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Buffalo in July: highs in Colorado Springs hover around 86°F, while lows dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, River Rafting & Tubing, Bishop Castle
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Bishop Castle ©
Bishop Castle
Glen Eyrie Castle ©
Glen Eyrie Castle

2
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Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Sun): look for gifts at Laura's Fine Candy, learn about winemaking at Snowy Peaks Winery, then look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, then take in the exciting artwork at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and finally stop by Brownfield's. Here are some ideas for day two: shop like a local with Mountain Blown Glass, then stop by The Taffy Shop, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Estes Park online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Estes Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 91°F, while at night they dip to 59°F. On the 9th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Estes Park

Shopping Museums Wineries
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Mountain Blown Glass ©
Mountain Blown Glass
Snowy Peaks Winery ©
Snowy Peaks Winery

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. Start off your visit on the 10th (Tue): do a tasting at Meadery of the Rockies, then do a tasting at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room, then look for gifts at Enstrom's, and finally take a stroll through Downtown Grand Junction. On the 11th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Mesa and then learn about winemaking at Hermosa Vineyards.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Grand Junction itinerary maker .

You can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Estes Park to Grand Junction in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Estes Park in July, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 65°F in Grand Junction. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Wineries Parks Nature

Side Trip

Palisade
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Hermosa Vineyards ©
Hermosa Vineyards
Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room ©
Meadery of the Rockies ©
Meadery of the Rockies

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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 12th (Thu), admire the sheer force of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum. On your second day here, trek along Bear Creek Falls and then get to know the fascinating history of Ouray County Museum.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Ouray trip itinerary builder app .

Getting from Grand Junction to Ouray by combination of bus and taxi takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive. When traveling from Grand Junction in July, plan for colder days and a bit cooler nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 75°F by day to 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Museums Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Ouray County Museum ©
Ouray County Museum
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park ©
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park

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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.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Long House and Balcony House. Step off the beaten path and head to Spruce Tree House and Petroglyph Point Hike. Step out of Mesa Verde National Park with an excursion to The Anasazi Heritage Center in Dolores--about 58 minutes away. There's still lots to do: contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace.

For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park holiday builder tool .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Traveling from Ouray in July, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are somewhat warmer (90°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). On the 16th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

The Anasazi Heritage Center
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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. Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Chimney Rock National Monument, then savor the flavors at The Choke Cherry Tree, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs day trip app .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July, you will find days in Pagosa Springs are little chillier (81°F), and nights are about the same (52°F). You'll set off for home on the 18th (Wed).

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Historic Sites Shopping Classes
Highlights from your plan
Chimney Rock National Monument ©
Chimney Rock National Monument
The Choke Cherry Tree ©
The Choke Cherry Tree

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