10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + Drive:  8​h 15​min
1
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Mosca
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: New York City

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 5th (Fri): examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, then take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Mountain West, and then take in breathtaking views at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Ouray travel tool .

New York City to Ouray is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Ouray, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from New York City, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 56°F to lows of 37°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bear Creek Falls, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Museum of the Mountain West
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Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin

1
night
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 8th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park travel route planning website .

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 October, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are a bit warmer (69°F), and nights are about the same (34°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
Balcony House ©
Balcony 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. On the 9th (Tue), soothe aching muscles at The Springs Resort & Spa, contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls.

For other places to visit, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October, plan for little chillier days in Pagosa Springs, with highs around 62°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mosca.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Nature Parks Outdoors
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The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk

1
night
Mosca

Mosca ©
Mosca is an unincorporated community and a U.S. Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): take in the awesome beauty at Great Sand Dunes National Park.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Mosca route builder website .

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Mosca by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in October, expect little chillier with lows of 27°F in Mosca. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mosca

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Great Sand Dunes National Park ©
Great Sand Dunes National Park

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, and then explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon.

Plan trip to Colorado Springs with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Drive from Mosca to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Traveling from Mosca in October, Colorado Springs is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) so you can go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Red Rock Canyon Open Space ©
Red Rock Canyon Open Space

3
nights
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Fri): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, get all the information you need at Estes Park Visitor Center, then wander the streets of Downtown Estes Park, and finally stop by Images of Rocky Mountain National Park. On the next day, hike along Emerald Lake Trail, then admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see more things to do, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Estes Park online journey planner .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Estes Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. In October, plan for daily highs up to 69°F, and evening lows to 39°F. On the 14th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Sprague Lake ©
Sprague Lake

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