7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Denver
Drive:  1​h 30​min
1
Estes Park
— 1 night
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
2
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h
End: Denver

1
night
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
On the 4th (Tue), get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour and then trek along Emerald Lake Trail. On your second day here, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then stroll around Estes Park Visitor Center, then stop by Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and finally take a stroll through Downtown Estes Park.

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Denver to Estes Park is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of bus and taxi. In June, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 87°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) so you can travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trip

Emerald Lake Trail
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Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Estes Park Visitor Center ©
Estes Park Visitor Center

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

For ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Aspen trip planning app .

Do a combination of bus and flight from Estes Park to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Estes Park in June, things will get a bit cooler in Aspen: highs are around 79°F and lows about 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Adventure
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River Rafting & Tubing
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
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. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): get engrossed in the history at Ridgway Visitors Center and Railroad Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yankee Boy Basin, then see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum, and finally admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Perimeter Trail, walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then stroll through Cascade Falls Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Ouray planner .

Getting from Aspen to Ouray by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Aspen in June, expect nights in Ouray to be a bit warmer, around 49°F, while days are slightly colder, around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Ridgway Visitors Center and Railroad Museum, Bear Creek Falls
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Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

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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. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls.

To find traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs trip itinerary planning app .

Drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Ouray in June, you will find days in Pagosa Springs are a bit warmer (80°F), and nights are little chillier (44°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Nature Parks Outdoors
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The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
On the 10th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Long House, explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, then contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

For photos, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary maker app .

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in June, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 89°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Long House ©
Long House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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