15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
+3
Bus + Fly + Foot + Bus:  8​h 15​min
1
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Pagosa Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Durango
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  8​h 15​min
End: New York City

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 and learn at Museum of the Mountain West and Ouray Alchemist Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Yankee Boy Basin and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, trek along Perimeter Trail, and stroll through Baby Bath Tubs Trail.

Plan my day in Ouray using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

New York City to Ouray is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from New York City in June, with highs in Ouray at 72°F and lows at 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Mon) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Museum of the Mountain West, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
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Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Wolf Creek Ski Resort and Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park. Get outdoors at The Springs Resort & Spa and San Juan River Walk. Next up on the itinerary: admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls, trek along Piedra River Trail, and see the interesting displays at San Juan Historical Museum.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs road trip planner .

You can drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in June: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife 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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at San Juan National Forest and Animas Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Purgatory Resort and Horseback Riding Tours. Next up on the itinerary: trek along Animas River Trail, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and take in the exciting artwork at Earthen Vessel Gallery.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Durango day trip app .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Durango in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in June, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, get a new perspective on nature at The Anasazi Heritage Center, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace. On your second day here, delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

For ratings, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park road trip planning app .

Drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Mesa Verde National Park are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

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
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

3
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 19th (Wed): take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon, then explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, and then have some family-friendly fun at Arcade Amusements, Inc. On the 20th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center, trot along with a tour on horseback, and then find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

For where to stay, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs day trip app .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, plan for a bit cooler days and a bit warmer nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 84°F by day to 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 21st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Arcade Amusements, Inc, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Arcade Amusements, Inc ©
Arcade Amusements, Inc
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park

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