15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  4​h 45​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
6
Steamboat Springs
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5​h
End: Houston

1
night
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.
On the 4th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods and then explore the historical opulence of Glen Eyrie Castle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon, and then take a stroll through Old Colorado City Historic District.

For reviews, maps, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs online trip itinerary planner .

Houston to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Houston to Colorado Springs, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Houston in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Colorado Springs, with highs around 55°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

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

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Square Tower House, then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 24°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

3
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. Escape the urban bustle at The Springs Resort & Spa and San Juan River Walk. Discover out-of-the-way places like Treasure Falls and Wolf Creek Ski Resort. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedra River Trail, stop by Two Old Crows, see the interesting displays at San Juan Historical Museum, and savor the flavors at The Choke Cherry Tree.

For ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs trip planner .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in November, plan for slightly colder days in Pagosa Springs, with highs around 49°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk

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. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Perimeter Trail. Get outdoors at Yankee Boy Basin and Cascade Falls Park. Next up on the itinerary: take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, stroll through Bear Creek Falls, explore and take pictures at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Ouray trip planning website .

Drive from Pagosa Springs to Ouray in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In November, plan for daily highs up to 45°F, and evening lows to 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

3
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.
Get outdoors at Aspen Snowmass and Aspen Mountain / Ajax. Discover out-of-the-way places like Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and Rio Grande Trail. There's more to do: explore and take pictures at The John Denver Sanctuary and mingle with the ghosts of the past at Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum.

To find reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen tour planner .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Aspen takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Ouray in November, plan for slightly colder nights in Aspen, with lows around 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Aspen Snowmass
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Aspen Mountain / Ajax ©
Aspen Mountain / Ajax
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass

3
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Yampa River Botanic Park and Steamboat Powdercats. Escape the urban bustle at Yampa River Core Trail and Mount Werner. There's much more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Butcherknife Brewing Company, stop by Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, and get engrossed in the history at Tread of Pioneers Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs driving holiday planning site .

Drive from Aspen to Steamboat Springs in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. In November, plan for daily highs up to 43°F, and evening lows to 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum
Mount Werner ©
Mount Werner

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