9 days in Ouray, Manitou Springs & Colorado Springs Itinerary

9 days in Ouray, Manitou Springs & Colorado Springs Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Minneapolis
Drive:  7 h
1
Ouray
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  5 h
2
Manitou Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  15 min
3
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  4 h 30 min
End: Minneapolis

3
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. You'll explore and learn at Ouray Alchemist Museum and Museum of the Mountain West. Step out of the city life by going to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Cascade Falls Park. Take a break from Ouray with a short trip to Painted Wall in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, about 1h 20 min away. There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, browse the exhibits of Ouray County Museum, and see Off-Road Tours.

For maps, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read our Ouray trip tool.

Minneapolis to Ouray is an approximately 7- hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Minneapolis to Ouray is minus 1 hour. In June, Ouray is a bit cooler than Minneapolis - with highs of 72°F and lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Manitou Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, Bear Creek Falls, Museum of the Mountain West, Dennis Weaver Memorial Park
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Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park ©
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Off-Road Tours
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West

2
nights
Manitou Springs

Manitou Springs ©
Manitou Springs' main street was once a trail that led directly to the base of Pike's Peak.
On the 11th (Thu), get in on the family fun at Cave of the Winds Mountain Park and then delve into the distant past at Manitou Cliff Dwellings. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Red Rocks Group Campground, identify plant and animal life at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, and then identify plant and animal life at Eleven Mile Canyon Recreation Area.

To see ratings, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Manitou Springs online trip builder.

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Ouray to Manitou Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in June: highs in Manitou Springs hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Manitou Springs

Wildlife Parks Theme Parks

Side Trips

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Eleven Mile Canyon Recreation Area, Red Rocks Group Campground
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Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Manitou Cliff Dwellings ©
Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Red Rocks Group Campground ©
Red Rocks Group Campground

3
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
For shopping fun, head to Denver Botanic Gardens or 16th Street Mall. Appreciate the collections at National Museum of World War II Aviation and Molly Brown House Museum. And it doesn't end there: walk around Garden of the Gods, see the interesting displays at Penrose Heritage Museum, get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip itinerary maker.

Colorado Springs is just a stone's throw from Manitou Springs. In June, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Museums Shopping

Side Trip

Denver
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National Museum of World War II Aviation ©
National Museum of World War II Aviation
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

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