11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale
Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
1
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
6
Canon City
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Fort Lauderdale

1
night
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Tread of Pioneers Museum and then trek along Yampa River Core Trail. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Yampa River Botanic Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Steamboat Gondola.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs online trip itinerary planner .

Fort Lauderdale to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale in June, expect nights in Steamboat Springs to be much colder, around 42°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 78°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum

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.
On the 7th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Aspen Snowmass and then hike along Difficult Creek Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, then appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Aspen trip planner .

Drive from Steamboat Springs to Aspen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In June in Aspen, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Aspen Snowmass
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
River Rafting & Tubing
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass

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. On the 9th (Sun), stroll through Yankee Boy Basin, then take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then admire the sheer force of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall. Keep things going the next day: don't miss a visit to Yankee Girl Mine, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Falls Park, then examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, and finally trek along Perimeter Trail.

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You can drive from Aspen to Ouray in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Aspen in June, expect nights in Ouray to be a bit warmer, around 49°F, while days are little chillier, around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

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.
On the 11th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, then take in the exciting artwork at Artisans of Mancos, and finally get a new perspective on nature at The Anasazi Heritage Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 12th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

For maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planning site .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Ouray in June, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 89°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trips

Artisans of Mancos, The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

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 13th (Thu): hike along San Juan River Walk, then relax and rejuvenate at The Springs Resort & Spa, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls.

For more things to do, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs travel planner.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, expect nights in Pagosa Springs to be about the same, around 44°F, while days are slightly colder, around 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Nature Parks Spas
Highlights from your plan
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
Treasure Falls ©
Treasure Falls
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk

2
nights
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 14th (Fri), relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then examine the collection at Museum of Colorado Prisons, and then do a tasting at The Winery at Holy Cross Abbey.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Canon City online journey planner .

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Canon City by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Pagosa Springs in June; daily highs in Canon City reach 89°F and lows reach 58°F. On the 15th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
Museum of Colorado Prisons ©
Museum of Colorado Prisons

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