6 days in Colorado Itinerary

6 days in Colorado Itinerary

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6 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + Taxi:  5​h 45​min
1
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Ouray
— 2 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Houston

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Canon City

Canon City ©
Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Sun): get engrossed in the history at Florence Pioneer Museum and Research Center. On the 12th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore and take pictures at Skyline Drive and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, use the Canon City online road trip planner .

Houston to Canon City is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Canon City is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Houston in August; daily highs in Canon City reach 89°F and lows reach 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Mon) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trip

Florence Pioneer Museum and Research Center
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Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive
River Rafting & Tubing

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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 13th (Tue), relax and rejuvenate at The Springs Resort & Spa, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Pagosa Springs using our trip planner.

You can drive from Canon City to Pagosa Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and flight. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Canon City in August, with highs in Pagosa Springs at 77°F and lows at 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Nature Parks Tours
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The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
River Rafting & Tubing

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, contemplate the long history of Balcony House, then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace, and finally explore the ancient world of Long House.

For maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park tour itinerary planning app .

Drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. While traveling from Pagosa Springs, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Wed) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House

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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 15th (Thu): take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin, trek along Perimeter Trail, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get engrossed in the history at Ouray County Museum and then trek along Cascade Falls Park.

For more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Ouray trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are slightly colder, around 70°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Ouray County Museum ©
Ouray County Museum
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

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