6 days in Colorado Itinerary

6 days in Colorado Itinerary

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6 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8​h 30​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
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  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.
On the 30th (Sun), look for gifts at Brownfield's and then look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Estes Park day trip website .

New York City to Estes Park is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Estes Park. Expect little chillier 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) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

Emerald Lake Trail
Highlights from your plan
Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures ©
Brownfield's ©
Brownfield's

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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

To see other places to visit, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planner .

Do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Estes Park in October, expect little chillier with lows of 34°F in Mesa Verde National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive 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): take in the exciting artwork at Two Old Crows, then trek along Piedra River Trail, then view the masterpieces at Lantern Dancer, and finally take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa.

To find other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs online tour itinerary builder .

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 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 3rd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

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

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 4th (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin.

For more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Ouray route maker website .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Ouray takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in October, you will find days in Ouray are little chillier (56°F), and nights are about the same (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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