5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

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5 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly + taxi:  7​h 15​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Kansas City

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.
For where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

Kansas City to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Kansas City to Mesa Verde National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Kansas City in August since evenings lows in Mesa Verde National Park dip to 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree 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. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Sat): soothe aching muscles at The Springs Resort & Spa, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs day trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August, expect nights in Pagosa Springs to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are little chillier, around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

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

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 1st (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Falls Park, and then admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls. On the 2nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Perimeter Trail and then walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Ouray holiday maker app .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Ouray in 3 hours. Another option is to 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 your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

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