10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Seattle
Fly + taxi:  8​h
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Aspen
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 15​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h
End: Seattle

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): hike along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Petroglyph Point Hike and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

To see ratings, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park online trip planner .

Seattle to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Seattle to Mesa Verde National Park. When traveling from Seattle in August, plan for somewhat warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 86°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Long House ©
Long House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

2
nights
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. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedra River Trail, view the masterpieces at Fred Harman Art Museum, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Made in Colorado Shoppe, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then relax and rejuvenate at The Springs Resort & Spa.

For where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs day trip 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 bus and shuttle. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
River Rafting & Tubing
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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 (Fri), explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin, then steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, and finally stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Sat): examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Animas Forks.

To see ratings, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ouray online tour itinerary planner .

Drive from Pagosa Springs to Ouray in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in August, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sat) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Animas Forks ©
Animas Forks
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

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.
On the 11th (Sun), get interesting insight from Tours and then stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read our Aspen travel planner.

You can drive from Ouray to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in August: highs in Aspen hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

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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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Mon): look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center and then take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls. On the next day, brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, then take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon Open Space, and then find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

For other places to visit, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs travel planning tool .

Traveling by flight from Aspen to Colorado Springs takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. In August, Colorado Springs is somewhat warmer than Aspen - with highs of 83°F and lows of 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls

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