5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

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5 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Denver
Fly:  3​h
1
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h
End: Denver

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail, then hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Aspen trip planning website .

Denver to Aspen is an approximately 3-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Denver in July, expect Aspen to be slightly colder, temps between 81°F and 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Wed) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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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. On the 26th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Creek Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Perimeter Trail.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Ouray holiday planner .

Getting from Aspen to Ouray by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Aspen in July: highs in Ouray hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

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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. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa and then take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls.

To see maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Pagosa Springs route app .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Pagosa Springs, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature
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The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

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. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Pagosa Springs in July: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 90°F, while lows dip to 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

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