35 days in Colorado Itinerary

35 days in Colorado Itinerary

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35 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 30​min
1
Pagosa Springs
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Ouray
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Grand Junction
— 6 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 7 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Breckenridge
— 7 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Minneapolis

7
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. Visiting San Juan River Walk and Reservoir Hill Park will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Creede Underground Mining Museum and North Clear Creek Falls. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Pagosa Springs: Creede (Creede Historic Museum, Rare Things Gallery, & more) and Heron Lake State Park (in Alcalde). There's much more to do: trek along Fourmile Falls Trail, admire all the interesting features of Lobo Overlook / Radio Tower, view the masterpieces at Lantern Dancer, and take in the dramatic scenery at Piedra Falls.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs tour itinerary planner .

Minneapolis to Pagosa Springs is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Minneapolis to Pagosa Springs due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Pagosa Springs when traveling from Minneapolis in April, with lows around 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Creede, Heron Lake State Park
Highlights from your plan
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
Creede Underground Mining Museum ©
Creede Underground Mining Museum
North Clear Creek Falls ©
North Clear Creek Falls

6
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. Yankee Girl Mine and Black Bear Pass will appeal to history buffs. Step off the beaten path and head to Kendall Mountain and Ice Lakes Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ouray: Sweety's Wildlife Preserve Art Zoo (in Lake City), Telluride (Telluride Ski Resort, Alpine Chapel, & more) and Ridgway Visitors Center and Railroad Museum (in Ridgway). There's still lots to do: explore and take pictures at San Juan Skyway, tour the pleasant surroundings at Alpine Loop, make a trip to Idarado Mine, and see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ouray day trip tool .

Drive from Pagosa Springs to Ouray in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 55°F by day to 36°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Telluride, Silverton, Colorado, Sweety's Wildlife Preserve Art Zoo, Ridgway Visitors Center and Railroad Museum
Highlights from your plan
Telluride Ski Resort ©
Telluride Ski Resort
Bridal Veil hike ©
Bridal Veil hike
Ice Lakes Trail ©
Ice Lakes Trail

6
nights
Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Museum-lovers will get to explore Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum and Museum of Western Colorado: Dinosaur Journey. Get some cultural insight at Hermosa Vineyards and Meadery of the Rockies. Explore Grand Junction's surroundings by going to Crag Crest Trail (in Mesa (Mesa County)), Moab (Castle Valley & Colorado Riverway Recreation Area) and Arches National Park (Sand Dune Arch, Wolfe Ranch, & more). There's lots more to do: do a tasting at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room, make a trip to The Blue Pig Gallery, stop by Enstrom's, and pause for some photo ops at Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Grand Junction using our trip planner.

Getting from Ouray to Grand Junction by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Traveling from Ouray in May, things will get a bit warmer in Grand Junction: highs are around 73°F and lows about 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks Wineries Outdoors

Side Trips

Palisade, Arches National Park, Moab, Fruita, Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum
Highlights from your plan
Hermosa Vineyards ©
Hermosa Vineyards
Sand Dune Arch ©
Sand Dune Arch
Meadery of the Rockies ©
Meadery of the Rockies

7
nights
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
The White River Museum and Cooper Corner Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center and Linwood Cemetery. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Glenwood Springs: Snowmass Sports (in Snowmass Village), Rifle Gap State Park (in Rifle) and Aspen (Buttermilk Mountain, Aspen Highlands, & more). There's much more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, examine the collection at Frontier Historical Museum, appreciate the history behind Doc Holliday's Grave, and identify plant and animal life at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Grand Junction to Glenwood Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. When traveling from Grand Junction in May, plan for colder days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 46°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Aspen, Snowmass Village, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, Rifle Gap State Park, Fishing Charters & Tours
Highlights from your plan
Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park
Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center ©
Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center

7
nights
Breckenridge

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Ski Cooper and Frisco Adventure Park. National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum and Beaver Creek Chapel are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Breckenridge: Arapahoe Basin (in Keystone), Georgetown (Loveland Ski Area & Hotel de Paris Museum) and Vail / Beaver Creek Resort (in Vail). Next up on the itinerary: take in the awesome beauty at Peak 9, take an in-depth tour of Breckenridge Welcome Center, sample the tasty concoctions at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, and see a world frozen in time at South Park City Museum.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Breckenridge online day trip planner .

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Breckenridge in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. May in Breckenridge sees daily highs of 44°F and lows of 31°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Leadville, Frisco, Georgetown, Montgomery Reservoir, Beaver Creek Chapel
Highlights from your plan
Loveland Ski Area ©
Loveland Ski Area
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum
Ski Cooper ©
Ski Cooper

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