7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly + Shuttle:  8​h 30​min
1
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Bus + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Columbus

1
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. Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, read Pagosa Springs day trip website .

Columbus to Pagosa Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Columbus to Pagosa Springs. Traveling from Columbus in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 44°F in Pagosa Springs. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Adventure
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The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
River Rafting & Tubing
Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery ©
Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery

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 1st (Mon): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace.

Start your trip to Mesa Verde National Park by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

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 June, plan for a bit warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 89°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums
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Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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 2nd (Tue), see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum, then hike along Yankee Boy Basin, then stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls. Keep things going the next day: discover the riches below the earth's surface at Yankee Girl Mine, then take an in-depth tour of Ouray County Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Falls Park, and finally hike along Perimeter Trail.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Ouray trip planner .

You can 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. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July, plan for little chillier days in Ouray, with highs around 74°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Ouray County Museum ©
Ouray County Museum

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nights
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): admire the engineering at Rifle Gap State Park, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains, and then view the masterpieces at Cooper Corner Gallery.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Glenwood Springs driving holiday planning tool .

You can drive from Ouray to Glenwood Springs in 3.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Ouray in July, plan for little chillier days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 68°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Rocky Mountains, Rifle Gap State Park
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Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains

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