15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: London
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
2
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
6
Vail
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  15​h 30​min
End: London

2
nights
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.
On the 27th (Sat), look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail, then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and then get all the information you need at Estes Park Visitor Center.

For reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Estes Park day trip planning site .

London, UK to Estes Park is an approximately 14.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from London to Estes Park is minus 7 hours. When traveling from London in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Estes Park: temperatures range from 38°C by day to 17°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures ©
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alberta Falls ©
Alberta Falls

1
night
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 30th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls, then identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Piedra Falls, then look for gifts at Choke Cherry Tree and San Juan Chocolate Co., and then hike along Piedra River Trail.

To find ratings and tourist information, read Pagosa Springs trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Estes Park to Pagosa Springs by combination of taxi, bus, flight, and shuttle takes about 6 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, flight, and car; or drive. In July, Pagosa Springs is a bit cooler than Estes Park - with highs of 32°C and lows of 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Piedra Falls ©
Piedra Falls

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Thu): stroll through Animas River Trail, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then see the interesting displays at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trot along with a tour on horseback and then fly down the slopes at Purgatory Resort.

For traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Durango trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In July, daily temperatures in Durango can reach 35°C, while at night they dip to 14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail
River Rafting & Tubing
Horseback Riding Tours

3
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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Cascade Falls Park and Bear Creek Falls. Get outdoors at Perimeter Trail and Box Canyon Waterfall & Park. Go for a jaunt from Ouray to Silverton to see Idarado Mine about 30 minutes away. There's lots more to do: don't miss a visit to Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin, mingle with the ghosts of the past at Animas Forks, and hike along Chief Ouray Mine Trail.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Ouray online trip maker .

Drive from Durango to Ouray in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Durango in August: highs in Ouray hover around 24°C, while lows dip to 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Bear Creek Falls, Idarado Mine
Highlights from your plan
Animas Forks ©
Animas Forks
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): fly down the slopes at Aspen Snowmass and then stop by Gene Taylor Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, admire all the interesting features of The John Denver Sanctuary, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Aspen trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Ouray to Aspen by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Ouray in August, you will find days in Aspen are a bit warmer (29°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Snowmass Village
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Gene Taylor Sports ©
Gene Taylor Sports
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass

2
nights
Vail

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): wander the streets of Vail Valley, take in nature's colorful creations at Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, and then hike along Booth Falls Trail. On the 9th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Vail Recreation Path.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Vail day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Aspen to Vail in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Aspen in August: highs in Vail hover around 19°C, while lows dip to 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens ©
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

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