15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Manchester
Fly:  16​h 15​min
1
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
6
Denver
— 2 nights
Fly:  14​h 15​min
End: Manchester

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): take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, then pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen road trip site .

Manchester, UK to Aspen is an approximately 16.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Manchester to Aspen due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Manchester in September, expect nights in Aspen to be a bit cooler, around 5°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 26°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
River Rafting & Tubing

2
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 14th (Sat), get to know the fascinating history of Ouray County Museum, then contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine, then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Animas Forks, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Sweety's Wildlife Preserve Art Zoo. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, then admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Ouray trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Aspen to Ouray in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Aspen in September, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 8°C, while days are a bit cooler, around 22°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trip

Sweety's Wildlife Preserve Art Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Ouray County Museum ©
Ouray County Museum
Yankee Girl Mine ©
Yankee Girl Mine

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 16th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Chimney Rock National Monument, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Two Old Crows, then look for gifts at Made in Colorado Shoppe, then trek along Piedra River Trail, and finally identify plant and animal life at Reservoir Hill Park.

For ratings, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs travel route planning website .

You can drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. While traveling from Ouray, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 7°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Treasure Falls ©
Treasure Falls
Chimney Rock National Monument ©
Chimney Rock National Monument
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail

3
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.
Hovenweep National Monument and Balcony House will appeal to history buffs. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Spruce Tree House and Petroglyph Point Hike. Venture out of the city with trips to Cortez Cultural Center (in Cortez) and Towac Visitor Center (in Towaoc). There's lots more to do: delve into the distant past at Long House, don't miss a visit to Far View Sites, and contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace.

To see other places to visit and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park journey builder website .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in September, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be about the same, around 8°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Cortez, Towac Visitor Center
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
On the 21st (Sat), go for a walk through Pikes Peak, see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the historical opulence of Glen Eyrie Castle, explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip builder site .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, plan for a bit warmer nights in Colorado Springs, with lows around 12°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to catcht the bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Glen Eyrie Castle ©
Glen Eyrie Castle
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain

2
nights
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
On the 23rd (Mon), steep yourself in history at Dinosaur Ridge, then stroll the grounds of Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum, then contemplate the long history of Union Station, and finally admire the landmark architecture of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): admire the natural beauty at Denver Botanic Gardens, then steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, then admire all the interesting features of Coors Field, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Ghost Catholic Church.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read Denver online trip planner .

You can take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In September, daily temperatures in Denver can reach 30°C, while at night they dip to 13°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Dinosaur Ridge, Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum ©
Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum
Molly Brown House Museum ©
Molly Brown House Museum

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