6 days in Colorado Itinerary

6 days in Colorado Itinerary

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6 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
1
Steamboat Springs
— Few hours
+3
taxi + Fly + foot + shuttle:  4​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Ouray
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
End: New York City

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Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 1st (Mon), fly down the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park.

For maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs trip itinerary planning site .

New York City to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 7-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Steamboat Springs due to the time zone difference. While traveling from New York City, expect little chillier days and colder nights in Steamboat Springs, ranging from highs of 59°F to lows of 30°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park

1
night
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 2nd (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon, explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, and then step into the grandiose world of Glen Eyrie Castle.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle from Steamboat Springs to Colorado Springs takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and flight. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Steamboat Springs in October, with highs in Colorado Springs at 67°F and lows at 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Historic Sites
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Glen Eyrie Castle ©
Glen Eyrie Castle
Red Rock Canyon Open Space ©
Red Rock Canyon Open Space

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 3rd (Wed), explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, then steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Square Tower House.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park visit planner.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Colorado Springs in October, Mesa Verde National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

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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. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): soothe aching muscles at The Springs Resort & Spa, then contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls.

To find maps, photos, and tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs trip itinerary 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. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October, expect nights in Pagosa Springs to be about the same, around 33°F, while days are little chillier, around 62°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk

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 5th (Fri), admire the sheer force of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin.

To find where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ouray driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Ouray takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in October, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 37°F, while days are little chillier, around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Baby Bath Tubs Trail ©
Baby Bath Tubs Trail

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