16 days in Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Colorado Itinerary

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16 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Boulder
— 3 nights
Bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Durango
— 3 nights
Bus:  1​h
4
Cortez
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Ouray
— 3 nights
+3
Bus + Foot + Fly + Bus:  8​h 15​min
End: New York City

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.
Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Old Colorado City and Manitou Cliff Dwellings. Get outdoors at Pike's Peak - America's Mountain and The Broadmoor Seven Falls. Go for a jaunt from Colorado Springs to Canon City to see Royal Gorge Bridge and Park about 1h 25 min away. It doesn't end there: walk around Garden of the Gods and hike along Palmer Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs itinerary builder tool .

New York City to Colorado Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and 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. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from New York City in October since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Boulder.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Manitou Cliff Dwellings, Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
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Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park ©
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park
The Broadmoor Seven Falls ©
The Broadmoor Seven Falls

3
nights
Boulder

Boulder ©
Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
Get in touch with nature at Roxborough State Park and Flagstaff Mountain. Take a break from Boulder with a short trip to Deer Creek Canyon Park in Littleton, about 1h 10 min away. The adventure continues: stroll around Colorado Chautauqua: Park, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Twisted Pine Brewing Company, and trek along Mesa Trail.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Boulder trip planner.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Boulder in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of flight and bus. Expect a daytime high around 66°F in October, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Boulder

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Littleton
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Roxborough State Park ©
Roxborough State Park
Flagstaff Mountain ©
Flagstaff Mountain
Deer Creek Canyon Park ©
Deer Creek Canyon Park

3
nights
Durango

Durango ©
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Get outdoors at San Juan National Forest and Durango Rafting Company. There's still lots to do: take a memorable tour with Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, witness a stunning natural landmark at Durango Hot Springs, tour the pleasant surroundings at Animas Mountain Trail, and trek along Rim Trail/ Campus Loop.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Durango vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Boulder to Durango in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Boulder in October since evenings lows in Durango dip to 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) to allow time to take a bus to Cortez.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Outdoors Nature
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San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Durango Hot Springs ©
Durango Hot Springs

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Cortez

Cortez ©
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Popular historic sites such as Cliff Palace and Hovenweep National Monument are in your itinerary. Get out of town with these interesting Cortez side-trips: Mesa Verde National Park (Spruce Canyon Trail & Spruce Tree House). There's more to do: explore the ancient world of Towac Visitor Center.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cortez sightseeing tool .

Traveling by bus from Durango to Cortez takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a shuttle. In October, daytime highs in Cortez are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Towac Visitor Center
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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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. Escape the urban bustle at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Yankee Boy Basin. Venture out of the city with trips to Museum of the Mountain West (in Montrose) and Silverton Mountain (in Silverton). There's lots more to do: hike along Bear Creek Falls, sample the fine beverages at Trail Town Still, and test the waters at Ouray Hot Springs Pool.

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Getting from Cortez to Ouray by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a shuttle. When traveling from Cortez in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Ouray, with highs around 56°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Museum of the Mountain West, Bear Creek Falls, Silverton Mountain, Trail Town Still, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

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