16 days in Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Colorado Itinerary

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16 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Knoxville
Fly + shuttle:  7​h
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Pagosa Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Knoxville

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 2nd (Sat): explore the ancient world of Balcony House and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. On your second day here, delve into the distant past at Long House, trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

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Knoxville to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Knoxville to Mesa Verde National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect much colder evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from Knoxville in June, with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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 The Springs Resort & Spa and Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park. Get outdoors at Treasure Falls and Wolf Creek Ski Resort. There's still lots to do: hike along Piedra River Trail, stroll through San Juan River Walk, and see the interesting displays at San Juan Historical Museum.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs online road trip planner .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, plan for slightly colder days in Pagosa Springs, with highs around 80°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
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 7th (Thu), admire the sheer force of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin. Keep things going the next day: hike along Cascade Falls Park, hike along Perimeter Trail, and then admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls.

To see reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ouray sightseeing planner .

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Ouray by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in June, you will find days in Ouray are a bit cooler (72°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Fri) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

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 in touch with nature at River Rafting & Tubing and Aspen Snowmass. Step off the beaten path and head to Aspen Mountain / Ajax and Lost Man Trail. There's still lots to do: trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and explore and take pictures at The John Denver Sanctuary.

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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 June, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Aspen: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Mon) early enough to drive to Buena Vista.

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

1
night
Buena Vista

The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): experience rural life at Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy, witness a stunning natural landmark at Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For where to stay, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Buena Vista vacation builder site .

Getting from Aspen to Buena Vista by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a daytime high around 79°F in June, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) so you can travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa ©
Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn & Spa
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy ©
Jumpin' Good Goat Dairy

1
night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 13th (Wed), explore and take pictures at Skyline Drive and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Canon City road trip planning site .

Do a combination of bus and car from Buena Vista to Canon City in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Buena Vista in June, expect Canon City to be a bit warmer, temps between 89°F and 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Wed) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive

4
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center and Helen Hunt Falls. Take a break from the city and head to Garden of the Gods and Manitou Springs Incline. The adventure continues: take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon, get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, identify plant and animal life at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center, and view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Canon City in June, you will find days in Colorado Springs are little chillier (84°F), and nights are about the same (54°F). On the 17th (Sun), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole - Santa's Workshop, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls

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