6 days in Colorado Itinerary

6 days in Colorado Itinerary

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6 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Rochester
+3
Bus + Foot + Fly + Shuttle:  8​h 30​min
1
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Aspen
— 2 nights
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  7​h 30​min
End: Rochester

1
night
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. On the 16th (Fri), relax and rejuvenate at The Springs Resort & Spa, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs trip itinerary planner .

Rochester to Pagosa Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Rochester to Pagosa Springs, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Rochester in August, expect little chillier with lows of 49°F in Pagosa Springs. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Nature Parks Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
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 17th (Sat): explore the ancient world of Long House, then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, then contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in August, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are a bit warmer (86°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Long House ©
Long House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony 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. On the 18th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin, take an in-depth tour of Ridgway Visitors Center and Railroad Museum, then walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and finally trek along Bear Creek Falls.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ouray road trip planning app .

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Mesa Verde National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Ridgway Visitors Center and Railroad Museum, Bear Creek Falls
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

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nights
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 19th (Mon): mingle with the ghosts of the past at Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail. On the 20th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

To find maps, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Ouray to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. While traveling from Ouray, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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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