6 days in Colorado Itinerary

6 days in Colorado Itinerary

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6 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  8​h
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 45​min
End: Washington DC

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Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): step into the grandiose world of Glen Eyrie Castle.

To see where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs travel itinerary planner .

Washington DC to Colorado Springs is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC to Colorado Springs, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in July, plan for a bit cooler nights in Colorado Springs, with lows around 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trip

Garden of the Gods Trading Post
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Glen Eyrie Castle ©
Glen Eyrie Castle
Garden of the Gods Trading Post ©
Garden of the Gods Trading Post
Red Rock Canyon Open Space ©
Red Rock Canyon Open Space

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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace.

For other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. July in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

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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. On the 23rd (Mon), witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa, take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Lantern Dancer.

For maps, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs online visit planner .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July, with highs in Pagosa Springs at 81°F and lows at 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Nature Parks Shopping
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The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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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. Start off your visit on the 24th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, and then trek along Perimeter Trail.

For where to stay, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Ouray online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Ouray takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Pagosa Springs in July: highs in Ouray hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Ouray County Museum ©
Ouray County Museum
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

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