16 days in Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Colorado Itinerary

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16 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8​h
1
Grand Junction
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Breckenridge
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. On the 22nd (Fri), take a stroll through Downtown Grand Junction.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Grand Junction trip itinerary builder tool .

New York City to Grand Junction is an approximately 8-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Grand Junction. Traveling from New York City in June, expect nights in Grand Junction to be slightly colder, around 58°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 89°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palisade
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Grand Mesa ©
Grand Mesa
Hermosa Vineyards ©
Hermosa Vineyards
Meadery of the Rockies ©
Meadery of the Rockies

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. Explore hidden gems such as Yankee Boy Basin and Route 550 Gifts. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, don't miss a visit to Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Falls Park.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Ouray trip planner .

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Grand Junction to Ouray in 2.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Grand Junction in June, things will get slightly colder in Ouray: highs are around 71°F and lows about 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Wed) to allow time for the car ride to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Route 550 Gifts, Bear Creek Falls
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Route 550 Gifts ©
Route 550 Gifts
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park ©
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

Getting from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in June: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 89°F, while lows dip to 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums
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Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum

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. On the 29th (Fri), examine the collection at San Juan Historical Museum and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs trip itinerary builder tool .

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 little chillier days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 44°F at night. On the 30th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Nature Parks Museums
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San Juan Historical Museum ©
San Juan Historical Museum

4
nights
Breckenridge

Breckenridge ©
Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Stand-Up Paddleboarding and Ready Paint Fire!. Head to Breckenridge Hat Company and Outlets at Silverthornefor plenty of shopping. When in Breckenridge, make a side trip to see Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail, approximately 50 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take a memorable drive along Boreas Pass Road, take an in-depth tour of Breckenridge Welcome Center, see the interesting displays at Barney Ford Victorian House, and make a trip to Oxygen Bar.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Breckenridge online journey planner .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Breckenridge in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. While traveling from Pagosa Springs, expect colder days and about the same nights in Breckenridge, ranging from highs of 56°F to lows of 41°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Outlets at Silverthorne
Highlights from your plan
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens ©
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens
Outlets at Silverthorne ©
Outlets at Silverthorne
Olive Fusion ©
Olive Fusion

3
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 5th (Thu), take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, look for gifts at Purple Mountain Taffy Company, view the masterpieces at Mountain Blown Glass, then stop by Laura's Fine Candy, then stop by Brownfield's, and finally stop by Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures. Keep things going the next day: stop by Glen Haven General Store, then stop by Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at The Beach at Grand Lake.

For traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Estes Park travel planning website .

You can drive from Breckenridge to Estes Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Breckenridge in July, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Estes Park: temperatures range from 91°F by day to 59°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Shopping Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

The Beach at Grand Lake, Glen Haven General Store
Highlights from your plan
Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures ©
Brownfield's ©
Brownfield's
Laura's Fine Candy ©
Laura's Fine Candy

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