6 days in Colorado Itinerary

6 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado visit planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Estes Park
— 1 night
Fly
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
Drive
3
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive
4
Ouray
— 2 nights
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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 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 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. 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 · 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.
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

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. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): shop like a local with Two Old Crows, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedra River Trail, 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 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 · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Ouray

— 2 nights
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 · Nature

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.