3 days in United States Itinerary

3 days in United States Itinerary

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3 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Colorado Springs
Drive:  3​h
1
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 45​min
End: Colorado Springs

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
You've now added Zapata Falls to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): explore the fascinating landscape at High Dune Trail and then take in the dramatic scenery at Zapata Falls.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve travel website .

Colorado Springs to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is an approximately 3-hour car ride. Traveling from Colorado Springs in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, with lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can travel to Pagosa Springs.

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Zapata Falls
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High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail
Zapata Falls ©
Zapata Falls

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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. To see maps, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs online trip itinerary maker .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Pagosa Springs. In August, daytime highs in Pagosa Springs are 77°F, while nighttime lows are 49°F. You'll set off for Mesa Verde National Park on the 19th (Mon).

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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.
On the 19th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 86°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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Ouray

Ouray
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. For maps, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Ouray trip planning tool .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 49°F at night. You will leave for Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park on the 20th (Tue).

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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park ©
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): take in breathtaking views at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park day trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park takes 1.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer temperatures when traveling from Ouray in August; daily highs in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park reach 85°F and lows reach 56°F. On the 20th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

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