18 days in Colorado Itinerary

18 days in Colorado Itinerary

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18 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Boston
Fly + shuttle:  10​h 15​min
1
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Durango
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
6
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Boston

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. To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs trip itinerary builder .

Boston to Pagosa Springs is an approximately 10.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, car, and shuttle. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Boston to Pagosa Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Boston in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Pagosa Springs, with lows of 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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 2nd (Tue): steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace, contemplate the long history of Balcony House, then trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, and finally explore the ancient world of Long House. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Petroglyph Point Hike, and then learn more about the world around you at The Anasazi Heritage Center.

For ratings, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 90°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

3
nights
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.
Visiting Horseback Riding Tours and San Juan National Forest will get you outdoors. Let the collections at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum and Earthen Vessel Gallery capture your imagination. There's still lots to do: fly down the slopes at Purgatory Resort, view the masterpieces at Scenic Aperture Gallery, trek along Animas River Trail, and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find more things to do, maps, and tourist information, use the Durango day trip website .

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 in Durango, expect temperatures between 86°F during the day and 54°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort

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. Let the collections at Ouray County Museum and Ouray Alchemist Museum capture your imagination. Get outdoors at Perimeter Trail and Yankee Boy Basin. There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, make a trip to Yankee Girl Mine, stroll through Cascade Falls Park, and trek along Chief Ouray Mine Trail.

Start your trip to Ouray by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can drive from Durango to Ouray in 2 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Durango in July: highs in Ouray hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 10th (Wed): hit the slopes at Aspen Snowmass and then identify plant and animal life at Windstar Land Conservancy. On your second day here, trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, then appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Aspen trip itinerary maker website .

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 July, expect nights in Aspen to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 81°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

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 Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

3
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kids will appreciate attractions like Alluvial Fan and Sheep Lakes. Discover out-of-the-way places like Emerald Lake Trail and Sprague Lake. There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road, contemplate the waterfront views at Lily Lake, look for all kinds of wild species at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park travel planner.

You can drive from Aspen to Rocky Mountain National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Aspen in July; daily highs in Rocky Mountain National Park reach 91°F and lows reach 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan
Alberta Falls ©
Alberta Falls

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.
On the 15th (Mon), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then admire all the interesting features of Skyline Drive. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon, explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, and then identify plant and animal life at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs day trip planner .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July, expect nights in Colorado Springs to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are little chillier, around 86°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Canon City
Highlights from your plan
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park
River Rafting & Tubing
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls

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