6 days in Colorado Itinerary

6 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Start: New York City
Fly:  8 h 30 min
1
Estes Park
— 1 night
Fly:  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
— 2 nights
Fly:  8 h 15 min
End: New York City

1
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 30th (Sun): look for gifts at Brownfield's and then look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures.

For ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Estes Park online trip planner.

New York City to Estes Park is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Estes Park. Expect slightly colder evenings in Estes Park when traveling from New York City in September, with lows around 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Emerald Lake Trail
Highlights from your plan
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park
Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures ©
Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures
Photography Tours

1
day
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.
On the 2nd (Tue), delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park trip planning app.

Fly from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Expect little chillier evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from Estes Park in October, with lows around 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony 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. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): shop like a local with Two Old Crows, thentour the pleasant surroundings at Piedra River Trail, thentake in the exciting artwork at Lantern Dancer, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa.

To see maps, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs tour planning app.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
Two Old Crows ©
Two Old Crows

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. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park and then take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin.

To see more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Ouray online driving holiday planner.

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Ouray by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. While traveling from Pagosa Springs, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 56°F to lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park ©
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park

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