6 days in Colorado Itinerary

6 days in Colorado Itinerary

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6 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Richmond
Fly:  8​h
1
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5​h 15​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Richmond

2
nights
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 7th (Wed), look for gifts at Brownfield's. On the 8th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and then get answers to all your questions at Estes Park Visitor Center.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Estes Park vacation planner.

Richmond to Estes Park is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Richmond in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Estes Park, with lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Winter Park Resort
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Winter Park Resort ©
Winter Park Resort
Brownfield's ©
Brownfield's

1
night
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 10th (Sat), explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, steep yourself in history at Balcony House, then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, and finally delve into the distant past at Long House.

Plan my day in Mesa Verde National Park using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In August, daytime highs in Mesa Verde National Park are 86°F, while nighttime lows are 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

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 11th (Sun), take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls, then take a memorable tour with Tours, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs day trip app .

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 bus and shuttle. While traveling from Mesa Verde National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Outdoors Adventure Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Spas

1
night
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 12th (Mon), walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Ouray trip planner.

Drive from Pagosa Springs to Ouray in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. While traveling from Pagosa Springs, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 49°F. On the 12th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks
Highlights from your plan
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park ©
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park

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