20 days in Colorado Itinerary

20 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Breckenridge
— 2 nights
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Aspen
— 3 nights
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Ouray
— 3 nights
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Pagosa Springs
— 3 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
7
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights

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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.
Step out of the city life by going to Trail Ridge Road and Emerald Lake Trail. Head to Images of Rocky Mountain National Park and Brownfield'sfor some retail therapy. Step out of Estes Park to go to Rocky Mountain National Park and see Alluvial Fan, which is approximately 40 minutes away. The adventure continues: stop by Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, take a stroll through Downtown Estes Park, and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find ratings, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Estes Park day trip website.

Denver to Estes Park is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, daytime highs in Estes Park are 91°F, while nighttime lows are 59°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
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Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park

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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.
On the 2nd (Thu), get all the information you need at Breckenridge Welcome Center, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Epic Discovery at Breck, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Here are some ideas for day two: take an in-depth tour of Frisco Historic Park and Museum, mingle with the ghosts of the past at South Park City Museum, and then trek along McCullough Gulch.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Breckenridge trip itinerary builder.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Breckenridge takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. When traveling from Estes Park in August, plan for cooler days in Breckenridge, with highs around 62°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors · Parks · Adventure

Side Trips

Frisco, South Park City Museum
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River Rafting & Tubing
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum
Frisco Historic Park and Museum ©
Frisco Historic Park and Museum

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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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Hanging Lake and Crater Lake Trail. Kids will appreciate attractions like Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail. Next up on the itinerary: grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail, look for gifts at Gene Taylor Sports, and pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

To find out how to plan a trip to Aspen, use our trip itinerary maker.

Getting from Breckenridge to Aspen by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Breckenridge in August, you will find days in Aspen are a bit warmer (77°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Gene Taylor Sports
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Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Crater Lake Trail ©
Crater Lake Trail

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Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of the Mountain West and Ouray County Museum. Family-friendly places like Yankee Boy Basin and Bear Creek Falls will thrill your kids. Take a break from Ouray with a short trip to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: trek along Cascade Falls Park, stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and stroll through Perimeter Trail.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, read Ouray trip planner.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Ouray takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Aspen in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 49°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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

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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. Get a sense of the local culture at Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery and Lantern Dancer. Family-friendly places like Piedra River Trail and Two Old Crows will thrill your kids. categoryPhrases.sentence.On_the_day_spend_an_exhilarating_day_on_the_slopes_at. There's lots more to do: contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk, look for gifts at Made in Colorado Shoppe, take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa, and look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports
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San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail

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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): explore the world behind art 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. Keep things going the next day: explore the ancient world of Long House, hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then make a trip to Park Point.

To find more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park online itinerary planner.

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in August, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are a bit warmer (86°F), and nights are about the same (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 · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

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

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Manitou Springs Incline and Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. Get outdoors at River Rafting & Tubing and North Cheyenne Canon Park. There's much more to do: stroll around Garden of the Gods, take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls, meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs route builder app.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs by flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect a daytime high around 83°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, River Rafting & Tubing
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Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
River Rafting & Tubing

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