15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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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
Fly:  4 h 45 min
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  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 in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

To find reviews, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Aspen trip builder.

Manchester, UK to Aspen is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. You'll gain 7 hours traveling from Manchester to Aspen due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Manchester in September, plan for a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Aspen: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 5°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 13th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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 engrossed in the history at Ouray County Museum, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Yankee Girl Mine, thenmingle with the ghosts of the past at Animas Forks, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Sweety's Wildlife Preserve Art Zoo. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park and then trek along Yankee Boy Basin.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Ouray trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Ouray takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Aspen in September, plan for little chillier days in Ouray, with highs around 22°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to 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
Ouray County Museum ©
Ouray County Museum
Yankee Girl Mine ©
Yankee Girl Mine
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin

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 16th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Chimney Rock National Monument and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls. On the 17th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shop like a local with Two Old Crows, stop by Made in Colorado Shoppe, thentrek along Piedra River Trail, and finally identify plant and animal life at Reservoir Hill Park.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs trip itinerary maker site.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Ouray in September, you will find days in Pagosa Springs are somewhat warmer (26°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Chimney Rock National Monument ©
Chimney Rock National Monument
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Reservoir Hill Park ©
Reservoir Hill Park

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Hovenweep National Monument and Long House. Discover out-of-the-way places like Spruce Tree House and Far View Sites. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mesa Verde National Park: Cortez Cultural Center (in Cortez) and Towac Visitor Center (in Towaoc). There's much more to do: hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace, and explore the ancient world of Balcony House.

To see maps, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park driving holiday app.

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. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in September, plan for a bit warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 31°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 8°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to 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
Long House ©
Long House
Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery and then take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the historical opulence of Glen Eyrie Castle, thenstroll around Garden of the Gods, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon Open Space.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs vacation builder.

You can fly from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, with lows around 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Glen Eyrie Castle ©
Glen Eyrie Castle
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls

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.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Dinosaur Ridge, thenstroll the grounds of Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum, thencontemplate the long history of Denver Union Station, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. On your second day here, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, thencatch a live event at Coors Field, and finally pause for some serene contemplation at Holy Ghost Catholic Church.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Denver road trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Denver takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Expect a daytime high around 30°C in September, and nighttime lows around 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

Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum, Dinosaur Ridge
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception ©
Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception
Dinosaur Ridge ©
Dinosaur Ridge

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