21 days in Colorado Itinerary

21 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Aspen
— 2 nights
2
Ridgway
— 3 nights
3
Ouray
— 2 nights
4
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
6
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
7
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
8
Snowmass Village
— 3 nights
9
Telluride
— 3 nights

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Belly Up as well as Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. On the 21st (Sat), stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, thenexamine the collection at Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, and finally join in the after-dark buzz at Belly Up. Keep things going the next day: see a world frozen in time at Independence Ghost Town and then hike along Hunter Creek Trail.

To see reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Aspen trip itinerary planning tool.

Scottsdale to Aspen is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Expect colder temperatures when traveling from Scottsdale in July; daily highs in Aspen reach °F and lows reach °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Ridgway.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area ©
Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center ©
Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center

3
nights
Ridgway

Ridgway ©
The Town of Ridgway, coined Gateway to the San Juans, is a Home Rule Municipality in Ouray County, in the southwestern portion of the U.S. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Mon): contemplate the long history of New Sheridan Hotel, thenget to know the fascinating history of Black Bear Pass, and then trek along Sneffels Highline Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): examine the collection at Ridgway Railroad Museum, tee off at Telluride Ski & Golf Club, and then look for gifts at Telluride Trappings and Toggery.

To find maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ridgway online road trip planner.

You can drive from Aspen to Ridgway in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Aspen in July, expect nights in Ridgway to be about the same, around °F, while days are a bit cooler, around °F. On the 25th (Wed), you'll travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Ridgway

Outdoors Golf Historic Sites

Side Trip

Telluride
Highlights from your plan
New Sheridan Hotel ©
New Sheridan Hotel
Sneffels Highline Trail ©
Sneffels Highline Trail
Black Bear Pass ©
Black Bear Pass

2
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. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Cascade Falls Park as well as Ouray Alchemist Museum. Step out of the city life by going to Bear Creek Falls and Wiesbaden Hot Springs Spa. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Bear Creek National Recreation Trail and Climbing Tours. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Uncompahgre Gorge.

Plan my trip to Ouray with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

Ouray is just a short distance from Ridgway. Expect a daytime high around °F in July, and nighttime lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

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. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Lantern Dancer, thensee the interesting displays at San Juan Historical Museum, thenexplore the activities along San Juan River Walk, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Pagosa Springs itinerary tool.

You can drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Pagosa Springs, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
San Juan Historical Museum ©
San Juan Historical Museum

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 29th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Long House, don't miss a visit to Step House, and then take a memorable drive along Ruins Road. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Rio Grande Southern Railroad Museum. and then make a trip to Park Point.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park online journey builder.

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 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 °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Historic Sites

Side Trip

Rio Grande Southern Railroad Museum.
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Step House ©
Step House

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.
On the 31st (Tue), explore the world behind art at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College, examine the collection at Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, and then immerse yourself in nature at Mueller State Park. Keep things going the next day: identify plant and animal life at Bear Creek Nature Center, thenwalk around Garden of the Gods, and then contemplate the long history of Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site.

To see other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip itinerary builder.

You can fly from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs in 5.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In July, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, Mueller State Park
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center ©
Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center
Mueller State Park
Mueller State Park
Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site ©
Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site

2
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): examine the collection at Kauffman House Museum, kick back and relax at The Beach at Grand Lake, thenidentify plant and animal life at Sheep Lakes, and finally appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Mills Lake and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Longs Peak.

To find reviews, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park tour planner.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Colorado Springs in August, you will find days in Rocky Mountain National Park are a bit warmer (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can travel to Snowmass Village.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Grand Lake
Highlights from your plan
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook
Sheep Lakes ©
Sheep Lakes
Kauffman House Museum ©
Kauffman House Museum

3
nights
Snowmass Village

Snowmass Village ©
Snowmass Village is a Home Rule Municipality in Pitkin County, Colorado, United States. You've now added Blazing Adventures to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): trek along Grizzly Creek Trail and then catch all the local highlights with Blazing Adventures. On the next day, appreciate the views at Roaring Fork Valley, thenbrush up on your knowledge of spirits at Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn, and then explore the different monuments and memorials at Linwood Cemetery.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Snowmass Village driving holiday planning website.

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Snowmass Village takes 5.5 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August; daily highs in Snowmass Village reach °F and lows reach °F. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Mon) before leaving for Telluride.

Things to do in Snowmass Village

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Blazing Adventures, Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn
Highlights from your plan
Blazing Adventures ©
Blazing Adventures
Linwood Cemetery ©
Linwood Cemetery
Marble Distilling Co. & The Distillery Inn ©

3
nights
Telluride

Telluride ©
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. You've now added Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Trail Tours to your itinerary. On the 6th (Mon), get a sense of history and politics at San Miguel County Courthouse. Keep things going the next day: head outdoors with San Juan Outdoor Adventures, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Cornet Creek Falls, and then see Mild to Wild Rafting & Jeep Trail Tours.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Telluride travel planner.

Getting from Snowmass Village to Telluride by car takes about 4.5 hours. While traveling from Snowmass Village, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Telluride, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. On the 9th (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Telluride

Outdoors Parks Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
San Juan Outdoor Adventures ©
San Juan Outdoor Adventures
Telluride Historical Museum ©
Telluride Historical Museum
Alpine Chapel ©
Alpine Chapel

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