5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

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5 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Estes Park
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  7​h
End: Kansas City

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and other tourist information, use the Estes Park trip maker app .

Kansas City to Estes Park is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, flight, and car. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kansas City to Estes Park due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Estes Park when traveling from Kansas City in October, with lows around 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

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

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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 17th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To see reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park online vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Estes Park in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows of 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to 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

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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. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Two Old Crows, admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls, then view the masterpieces at Lantern Dancer, and finally take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa.

To find maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs visit planning site .

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 taxi, bus, and shuttle. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

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

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night
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 19th (Fri): explore and take pictures at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall and then hike along Perimeter Trail.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Ouray trip planning website .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Ouray in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in October, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 37°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

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