8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Little Rock
Fly:  6​h 30​min
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
Pagosa Springs
— Few hours
Drive:  2​h 45​min
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
Ouray
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + bus + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Little Rock

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Rio Grande Trail.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Aspen itinerary builder app .

Little Rock to Aspen is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Little Rock to Aspen is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Little Rock in August, plan for slightly colder days in Aspen, with highs around 77°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Trails
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Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
River Rafting & Tubing
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

1
night
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Mon): stroll through Estes Park Visitor Center, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Traveling from Aspen in August, expect Rocky Mountain National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 89°F and 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

#Outdoors, #Tours, #Wildlife

Side Trip

Estes Park
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Photography Tours
Estes Park Visitor Center ©
Estes Park Visitor Center

few
hours
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. On the 28th (Tue), explore the activities along San Juan River Walk, hike along Piedra River Trail, and then soothe aching muscles at The Springs Resort & Spa.

To find where to stay, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs trip planning site .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Pagosa Springs in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, car, and shuttle. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August; daily highs in Pagosa Springs reach 77°F and lows reach 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
Highlights from your plan
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail

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.
Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Long House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then admire all the interesting features of Petroglyph Point Hike, and then see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park visit site .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in August, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be about the same, around 53°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 86°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

#Historic Sites, #Outdoors, #Trails
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Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Long House ©
Long House

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. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, then admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then hike along Cascade Falls Park. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Perimeter Trail and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Ouray online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Mesa Verde National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall ©
Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

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