36 days in Northeast Colorado Itinerary

36 days in Northeast Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northeast Colorado vacation planner

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Telluride
— 6 nights
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Ouray
— 5 nights
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Gunnison
— 5 nights
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Pagosa Springs
— 5 nights
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Durango
— 8 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 6 nights
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Telluride

— 6 nights
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. state of Colorado. Telluride is known for outdoors, nature, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: head outdoors with Telluride Outside, take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, take an in-depth tour of Telluride Historical Museum, and explore the activities along San Miguel River.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Telluride trip builder site.

Atlanta to Telluride is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Atlanta in June, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Telluride: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Telluride

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Historic Sites

Ouray

— 5 nights
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: Montrose (Ute Indian Museum & Museum of the Mountain West) and Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park (Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park & South Rim Road). Next up on the itinerary: see Off-Road Tours, test the waters at Ouray Hot Springs Pool, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Falls Park, and contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ouray travel planner.

You can drive from Telluride to Ouray in 1.5 hours. June in Ouray sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 49°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sun) early enough to drive to Gunnison.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trips

Gunnison

— 5 nights
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, Kebler Pass, &more). Spend the 30th (Wed) exploring nature at Curecanti National Recreation Area. And it doesn't end there: see what you can catch with Ice Fish Colorado, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hermit's Rest, see the interesting displays at Gunnison Pioneer Museum, and go for a stroll along the water at Blue Mesa Fishing.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Gunnison visit planner.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Gunnison takes 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Ouray in June since evenings lows in Gunnison dip to 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Gunnison

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Nature

Side Trip

Pagosa Springs

— 5 nights
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: admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Opal Lake Trail, take in the natural beauty of Bath House (Hot Springs) @ The Springs Resort & Spa, and trek along San Juan River Walk.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs visit app.

You can drive from Gunnison to Pagosa Springs in 3.5 hours. July in Pagosa Springs sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 51°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to catch the shuttle to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Durango

— 8 nights
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 The Anasazi Heritage Center (in Dolores), Cortez (Hovenweep National Monument, Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, &more) and Million Dollar Highway (in Silverton). Next up on the itinerary: head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, get a dose of the wild on Durango Dog Ranch, explore the striking landscape of San Juan National Forest, and fly down the slopes at Purgatory Resort.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, read Durango travel route planner.

Take a shuttle from Pagosa Springs to Durango in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Thu) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Parks · Tours · Museums

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park

— 6 nights
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Spend the 19th (Mon) exploring nature at Mesa Verde National Park. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Balcony House, trek along Prater Ridge Trail, examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, and contemplate the long history of Petroglyph Point Hike.

To see reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park road trip planner.

Drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Mesa Verde National Park can reach 90°F, while at night they dip to 56°F. On the 21st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks · Historic Sites · Outdoors · Nature