15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Paducah
Drive + Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Durango
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Paducah

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Wed): look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures and then look for gifts at Brownfield's. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Thu): hike along Emerald Lake Trail, then hike along Cub Lake Trail, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Lily Lake.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Estes Park online route builder .

Paducah to Estes Park is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of car, flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Paducah to Estes Park. Traveling from Paducah in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 59°F in Estes Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Lily Lake ©
Lily Lake

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): admire the masterpieces at Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at The Anasazi Heritage Center, then contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House. Here are some ideas for day two: don't miss a visit to Park Point, then steep yourself in history at Petroglyph Point Hike, and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

To find traveler tips, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

Do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. July in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

The Anasazi Heritage Center, Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Long House ©
Long House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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.
Shop till you drop at Honeyville and Earthen Vessel Gallery. Get in touch with nature at Horseback Riding Tours and San Juan National Forest. The adventure continues: trek along Animas River Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Animas River, and fly down the slopes at Purgatory Resort.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Durango online trip builder .

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In July, daytime highs in Durango are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Horseback Riding Tours

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 25th (Thu): explore the activities along San Juan River Walk, then trek along Piedra River Trail, and then take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 26th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls, then identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, then view the masterpieces at Two Old Crows, and finally look for gifts at Lantern Dancer.

To see ratings, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Durango to Pagosa Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Durango in July, expect nights in Pagosa Springs to be about the same, around 51°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 81°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park

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 27th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Perimeter Trail, admire the sheer force of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Cascade Falls Park, get to know the fascinating history of Ouray County Museum, and then see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum.

For more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Ouray trip itinerary app .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Ouray in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in July, plan for little chillier days in Ouray, with highs around 74°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum

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 Rio Grande Trail and Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Step off the beaten path and head to River Rafting & Tubing and Gene Taylor Sports. There's more to do: stroll through Aspen Snowmass and appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

To see ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, use the Aspen tour itinerary builder .

Drive from Ouray to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. When traveling from Ouray in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Aspen, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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
River Rafting & Tubing

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