20 days in Colorado Itinerary

20 days in Colorado Itinerary

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20 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Denver
Drive:  1​h 30​min
1
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Breckenridge
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Aspen
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Pagosa Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
7
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
bus:  1​h
End: Denver

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.
Shop till you drop at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures and Brownfield's. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Downtown Estes Park and Images of Rocky Mountain National Park. Go for a jaunt from Estes Park to Rocky Mountain National Park to see Trail Ridge Road about 38 minutes away. There's still lots to do: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, hike along Emerald Lake Trail, take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan, and look for gifts at Laura's Fine Candy.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Estes Park trip itinerary planning website .

Denver to Estes Park is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): get engrossed in the history at Breckenridge Welcome Center, then take in the awesome beauty at Epic Discovery at Breck, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take an in-depth tour of Frisco Historic Park and Museum, then see a world frozen in time at South Park City Museum, and then hike along McCullough Gulch.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Breckenridge itinerary builder site .

Getting from Estes Park to Breckenridge by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Estes Park in August, you will find days in Breckenridge are colder (62°F), and nights are little chillier (46°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Parks Adventure

Side Trips

Frisco, South Park City Museum
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum
Frisco Historic Park and Museum ©
Frisco Historic Park and Museum

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.
Visiting Rio Grande Trail and Hanging Lake will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail and River Rafting & Tubing. There's still lots to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, contemplate the waterfront views at Crater Lake Trail, stop by Gene Taylor Sports, and appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

To see reviews, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Aspen vacation planner .

You can drive from Breckenridge to Aspen in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Breckenridge in August, expect nights in Aspen to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Gene Taylor Sports
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Crater Lake Trail ©
Crater Lake Trail

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 discover tucked-away gems like Cascade Falls Park and Bear Creek Falls. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of the Mountain West and Ouray County Museum. When in Ouray, make a side trip to see Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, approximately 1h 30 min away. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin, and stroll through Perimeter Trail.

To find traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Ouray visit site .

Getting from Aspen to Ouray by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Aspen in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Bear Creek Falls, Museum of the Mountain West, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Highlights from your plan
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin

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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Springs Resort & Spa and Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park. Do your shopping at Two Old Crows and Lantern Dancer. On the 12th (Sun), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedra River Trail, hike along San Juan River Walk, stop by Made in Colorado Shoppe, and take in the exciting artwork at Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery.

To see ratings, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Ouray in August, expect nights in Pagosa Springs to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra 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.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): admire the masterpieces at Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, get a new perspective on nature at The Anasazi Heritage Center, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Long House, then stroll through Petroglyph Point Hike, and then make a trip to Park Point.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 86°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Long House ©
Long House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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.
Kids will enjoy North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center and River Rafting & Tubing. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center and Manitou Springs Incline. There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, get your game on at Battlefield Colorado, and find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs day trip planning website .

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. In August in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can catcht the bus back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, River Rafting & Tubing, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, North Pole - Santa's Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
River Rafting & Tubing
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline

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