7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
Fly + taxi:  9​h
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Silverton
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
5
Ouray
— 1 night
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Charlotte

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, steep yourself in history at Balcony House, then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, and finally explore and take pictures at Ruins Road.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip app .

Charlotte to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect slightly colder evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from Charlotte in July, with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

1
night
Durango

Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): take a memorable tour with Tours, do a tasting at Four Leaves Winery, and then trek along The Colorado Trail.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Durango trip maker website .

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. July in Durango sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Tours Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
The Colorado Trail ©
The Colorado Trail
Four Leaves Winery ©
Four Leaves Winery

2
nights
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 5th (Fri), view the masterpieces at Lantern Dancer, admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls, and then trek along Fourmile Falls Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: ride a horse along Diamond Hitch Stables, explore the activities along San Juan River Walk, and then take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa.

To find ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Durango to Pagosa Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Durango in July, you will find days in Pagosa Springs are a bit cooler (81°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Silverton.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
Diamond Hitch Stables ©
Diamond Hitch Stables
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk

1
night
Silverton

Silverton ©
The town of Silverton is a Statutory Town that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in San Juan County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Island Lake, take an in-depth tour of San Juan County Historical Society, and then head outdoors with Middleton Motorsports.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Silverton vacation builder app .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Silverton takes 2.5 hours. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in July, plan for slightly colder days in Silverton, with highs around 74°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Mon) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Silverton

Outdoors Nature Parks
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San Juan County Historical Society ©
Middleton Motorsports ©
Middleton Motorsports
Island Lake ©
Island Lake

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. Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Creek National Recreation Trail, then stroll through Baby Bath Tubs Trail, and then admire the sheer force of Uncompahgre Gorge.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ouray online vacation builder .

Traveling by car from Silverton to Ouray takes an hour. In July, daily temperatures in Ouray can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. On the 9th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Baby Bath Tubs Trail ©
Baby Bath Tubs Trail
Uncompahgre Gorge ©
Uncompahgre Gorge
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

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