7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
foot + Fly + taxi:  9​h 45​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: New York City

2
nights
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 27th (Tue): make a trip to Park Point, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, and finally delve into the distant past at Long House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then admire all the interesting features of Petroglyph Point Hike, then explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, and finally delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

New York City to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in August, Mesa Verde National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Long House ©
Long House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

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 29th (Thu): take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls.

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Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

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

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. On the 30th (Fri), hike along Perimeter Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Creek Falls, then steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin.

To see ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Ouray trip maker .

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Ouray by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. While traveling from Pagosa Springs, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

2
nights
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.
On the 31st (Sat), pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail, and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip planner.

Drive from Ouray to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Ouray in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 46°F at night. On the 1st (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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