7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado attractions planner

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Make it your trip
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Drive
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Ouray
— 1 night
Drive
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park

— 3 nights
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Museum-lovers will appreciate Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum and The Anasazi Heritage Center. Step out of the city life by going to Petroglyph Point Hike and Hovenweep National Monument. Step out of Mesa Verde National Park to go to Cortez and see Cortez Cultural Center, which is approximately 52 minutes away. There's more to do: delve into the distant past at Long House and get to know the fascinating history of Far View Sites.

To find traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park tour itinerary planner.

New York City to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be cooler in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows of 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Museums · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

Ouray

— 1 night
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 22nd (Thu): hike along Yankee Boy Basin, hike along Perimeter Trail, and then admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls.

To find photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Ouray trip maker tool.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. While traveling from Mesa Verde National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 56°F to lows of 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Glenwood Springs

— 2 nights
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 23rd (Fri), hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains.

To find maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs online trip maker.

You can drive from Ouray to Glenwood Springs in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Ouray in October, with highs in Glenwood Springs at 47°F and lows at 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

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.