5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Estes Park
— 1 night
Fly
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
Drive
3
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive
4
Ouray
— 1 night
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Estes Park

— 1 night
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): look for gifts at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Estes Park day trip website.

Kansas City to Estes Park is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Kansas City to Estes Park due to the time zone difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Kansas City in October since evenings lows in Estes Park dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Parks

Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 day
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): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park road trip tool.

You can fly from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Estes Park in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows of 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Museums

Pagosa Springs

— 1 night
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 18th (Thu): shop like a local with Two Old Crows, admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls, then take in the exciting artwork at Lantern Dancer, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at Bath House (Hot Springs) @ The Springs Resort & Spa.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs trip website.

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 taxi, bus, and shuttle. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October, plan for slightly colder days in Pagosa Springs, with highs around 62°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Museums

Ouray

— 1 night
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): hike along Perimeter Trail.

To see reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ouray holiday builder website.

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Ouray takes 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 little chillier, around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Trails · Parks · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.