60 days in Northeast Colorado Itinerary

60 days in Northeast Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Austin
Fly:  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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mesa Verde National Park: Cortez (Cortez Cultural Center, Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, &more), Towac Visitor Center (in Towaoc) and The Anasazi Heritage Center (in Dolores). There's much more to do: steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace, explore the striking landscape of Mesa Verde National Park, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and don't miss a visit to Park Point.

For other places to visit, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park online route builder.

Austin to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from Austin to Mesa Verde National Park is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Austin in September, plan for little chillier days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 80°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 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
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long 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.
Venture out of the city with trips to Million Dollar Highway (in Silverton) and Mancos (Artisans of Mancos & Majestic Dude Ranch). Next up on the itinerary: don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, tour the pleasant surroundings at Animas River Trail, trot along with a tour on horseback, and contemplate the waterfront views at Animas River.

For traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Durango online journey builder.

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, daily temperatures in Durango can reach 77°F, while at night they dip to 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
Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway
Historic Downtown Durango ©
Historic Downtown Durango

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, and winter sports. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: trek along Piedra River Trail, admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls, cruise along Lobo Overlook / Radio Tower, and look for all kinds of wild species at Reservoir Hill Park.

To find reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs itinerary planning tool.

You can drive from Durango to Pagosa Springs in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. While traveling from Durango, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 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
Chimney Rock National Monument ©
Chimney Rock National Monument
Opal Lake Trail ©
Opal Lake Trail

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: Monarch Pass (in Monarch) and Crested Butte (Crested Butte Mountain Resort, Upper Loop, &more). Next up on the itinerary: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Curecanti National Recreation Area, take a peaceful walk through Gunnison National Forest, trek along Hermit's Rest, and examine the collection at Gunnison Pioneer Museum.

For ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read Gunnison trip itinerary builder.

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Gunnison in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in September, plan for a bit cooler nights in Gunnison, with lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough 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
Crystal Mill ©
Crystal Mill

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. There's lots more to do: explore the striking landscape of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Tomichi Point, get great views at Warner Point, and explore the striking landscape at Painted Wall.

To find maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Gunnison to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park takes 1.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Gunnison in October: high temperatures in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park hover around 67°F and lows are around 38°F. On the 13th (Sun), you'll travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Parks Nature Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park ©
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. Change things up with these side-trips from Ouray: Silverton (Route 550 Gifts, San Juan County Historical Society, &more) and Montrose (Ute Indian Museum, Museum of the Mountain West, &more). Next up on the itinerary: walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, get outside with Imogene Pass, tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Creek National Recreation Trail, and explore the galleries of Ouray County Museum.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ouray trip planner.

You can drive from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Ouray in 1.5 hours. When traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in October, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 56°F by day to 37°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Mon) so you can drive to Telluride.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

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

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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Telluride: Dolores Canyon (in Cortez), Island Lake (in Silverton) and Last Dollar Road (in Ridgway). The adventure continues: head outdoors with Telluride Outside, wander the streets of Town Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Sneffels Highline Trail, and trek along Jud Wiebe Trail.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Telluride attractions planner.

Getting from Ouray to Telluride by car takes about 1.5 hours. In October, daytime highs in Telluride are 56°F, while nighttime lows are 37°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Telluride

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

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