7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Aspen
— Few hours
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Dallas

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Aspen

Aspen
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Sun): appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Aspen trip itinerary builder website .

Dallas to Aspen is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Dallas in June: highs in Aspen hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks
Highlights from your plan
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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 1st (Mon), tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Falls Park, then examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, then go deep underground at Idarado Mine, and finally stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park. Keep things going the next day: hike along Perimeter Trail, admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, and then hike along Yankee Boy Basin.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ouray attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Ouray takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Aspen in June: highs in Ouray hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Bear Creek Falls, Idarado Mine
Highlights from your plan
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

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. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): 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.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, read Pagosa Springs itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs: temperatures range from 81°F by day to 51°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, contemplate the long history of Balcony House, then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, and finally delve into the distant past at Long House.

For photos, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

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. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 90°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): stroll through Manitou Springs Incline and then look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. Keep things going the next day: walk around Red Rock Canyon, then examine the collection at Miramont Castle Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs day trip planning site .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. July in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 58°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Highlights from your plan
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls

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