60 days in Northeast Colorado Itinerary

60 days in Northeast Colorado Itinerary

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60 days in Northeast Colorado Itinerary

Start: Austin
Fly + taxi:  7​h
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Durango
— 10 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 9 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Gunnison
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Ouray
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Telluride
— 9 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Austin

7
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.
Change things up with these side-trips from Mesa Verde National Park: The Anasazi Heritage Center (in Dolores), Cortez (Cortez Cultural Center, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, & more) and Towac Visitor Center (in Towaoc). There's lots more to do: explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, stroll through Petroglyph Point Hike, make a trip to Park Point, and steep yourself in history at Balcony House.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary builder site .

Austin to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Austin to Mesa Verde National Park. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Austin in September: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trips

Cortez, Towac Visitor Center, The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

10
nights
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.
Explore Durango's surroundings by going to Million Dollar Highway (in Silverton) and Mancos (Artisans of Mancos & Majestic Dude Ranch). Next up on the itinerary: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, get outside with Kling Mountain Guides, delve into the lush surroundings at San Juan National Forest, and browse the exhibits of Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Durango sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In September, daytime highs in Durango are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mancos, Million Dollar Highway, Southern Ute Museum and Cultural Center
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Historic Downtown Durango ©
Historic Downtown Durango
Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway

9
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. Pagosa Springs is known for nature, spas, winter sports, fun & games, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls, don't miss a visit to Chad Haspels Sculpture Studio, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wolf Creek Ski Resort, and trek along Piedra River Trail.

For where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs trip planner .

You can drive from Durango to Pagosa Springs in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Durango in September: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to travel to Gunnison.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Spas
River Rafting & Tubing

8
nights
Gunnison

Gunnison ©
The City of Gunnison is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. Change things up with these side-trips from Gunnison: Crested Butte (Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Upper Loop, & more) and Monarch Pass (in Monarch). And it doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape of Curecanti National Recreation Area, walk around Gunnison City Park, take in the waterfront activity at Blue Mesa Fishing, and get outside with Hartman Rocks Recreation Area.

For traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Gunnison itinerary app .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Gunnison in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Gunnison, with lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Gunnison

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Crested Butte, Monarch Pass
Highlights from your plan
Curecanti National Recreation Area ©
Curecanti National Recreation Area
Kebler Pass ©
Kebler Pass
Gunnison National Forest ©
Gunnison National Forest

8
nights
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park ©
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
Spend the 10th (Thu) exploring nature at North Rim. Next up on the itinerary: explore the striking landscape of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Gunnison Point, admire the engineering at Gunnison Diversion Dam, and take a memorable drive along East Portal Road.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip itinerary maker .

Drive from Gunnison to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in 1.5 hours. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Gunnison in October; daily highs in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park reach 67°F and lows reach 38°F. On the 13th (Sun), you're off toOuray.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Painted Wall ©
Painted Wall
Pulpit Rock Overlook ©
Pulpit Rock Overlook

8
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. Get out of town with these interesting Ouray side-trips: Silverton (Route 550 Gifts, San Juan County Historical Society, & more) and Montrose (Ute Indian Museum, Museum of the Mountain West, & more). There's lots more to do: walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin, and trek along Bear Creek National Recreation Trail.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Ouray online trip itinerary maker .

Getting from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Ouray by car takes about 1.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in October: highs in Ouray hover around 56°F, while lows dip to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Telluride.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Ridgway, Silverton, Montrose
Highlights from your plan
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park ©
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin

9
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. Change things up with these side-trips from Telluride: Dolores Canyon (in Cortez), Last Dollar Road (in Ridgway) and Island Lake (in Silverton). There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, appreciate the extensive heritage of Black Bear Pass, hike along Hope Lake, and contemplate the waterfront views at San Miguel River.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Telluride trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Ouray to Telluride in 1.5 hours. October in Telluride sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 37°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Telluride

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Dolores Canyon, Last Dollar Road, Island Lake
Highlights from your plan
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Black Bear Pass ©
Black Bear Pass
Island Lake ©
Island Lake