20 days in Colorado Itinerary

20 days in Colorado Itinerary

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20 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
3
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
4
Mosca
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Durango
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
7
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Ouray
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
End: New York City

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 4th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: trek along Emerald Lake Trail, stop by Laura's Fine Candy, then look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, then stop by Brownfield's, and finally stop by Earthwood Artisans.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Estes Park trip itinerary website .

New York City to Estes Park is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Estes Park due to the time zone difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New York City in June: highs in Estes Park hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Wed) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Shopping Neighborhoods Parks

Side Trip

Emerald Lake Trail
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Mountain Blown Glass ©
Mountain Blown Glass

2
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 7th (Thu): learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, and then look for all kinds of wild species at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center. On the 8th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon, then take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and then contemplate the waterfront views at Manitou Springs Incline.

To find other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs planner .

Drive from Estes Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Expect a daytime high around 84°F in June, and nighttime lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Fri) early enough to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
Highlights from your plan
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon 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 9th (Sat): hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stop by The Emporium And Flying Circus. On the 10th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Aspen Snowmass and then stop by Gene Taylor Sports.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Aspen online trip planner .

Fly from Colorado Springs to Aspen in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Colorado Springs in June, with highs in Aspen at 79°F and lows at 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can travel to Mosca.

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
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
Gene Taylor Sports ©
Gene Taylor Sports

2
nights
Mosca

Mosca ©
Mosca is an unincorporated community and a U.S. On the 11th (Mon), admire nature's extreme beauty at Great Sand Dunes National Park. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at Haefelis Honey, look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Gators Reptile Park, and then look for gifts at Elephant Cloud Market.

To find where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mosca trip builder app .

You can drive from Aspen to Mosca in 5 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) early enough to travel to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mosca

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Elephant Cloud Market, Haefelis Honey
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Gators Reptile Park ©
Colorado Gators Reptile Park
Great Sand Dunes National Park ©
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Haefelis Honey ©
Haefelis Honey

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. On the 13th (Wed), view the masterpieces at Two Old Crows, then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls, then stop by Lantern Dancer, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa. Here are some ideas for day two: fly down the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort.

For reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs trip itinerary site .

Getting from Mosca to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 2 hours. In June, plan for daily highs up to 80°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort

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 and learn at Toh-Atin Gallery and Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Purgatory Resort and Honeyville. There's still lots to do: trek along Animas River Trail, do a tasting at Four Leaves Winery, look for all kinds of wild species at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Durango day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In June, daily temperatures in Durango can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Outdoors Museums
Highlights from your plan
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail
Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery

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.
On the 18th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Long House. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a new perspective on nature at The Anasazi Heritage Center, then hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

To see reviews, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park driving holiday website .

Getting from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in June, and nighttime lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks 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

4
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. Escape the urban bustle at Yankee Boy Basin and Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of the Mountain West and Ouray County Museum. Step out of Ouray to go to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park and see Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, trek along Perimeter Trail, stroll through Cascade Falls Park, and see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Ouray travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are little chillier, around 72°F. On the 23rd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Museum of the Mountain West, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Highlights from your plan
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin

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