7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Greenville
Taxi + Fly:  6 h 45 min
1
Grand Junction
— Few hours
Drive:  2 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:  5 h 15 min
5
Estes Park
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  6 h 15 min
End: Greenville

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Grand Junction

Grand Junction
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sun): look for gifts at Enstrom's and then wander the streets of Downtown Grand Junction.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Junction online visit planner .

Greenville to Grand Junction is an approximately 7-hour combination of taxi and flight. You can also do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Greenville in May, expect Grand Junction to be a bit cooler, temps between 73°F and 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Neighborhoods Shopping

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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 13th (Mon): contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine, trek along Yankee Boy Basin, then take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and finally stroll through Bear Creek Falls. On the 14th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Falls Park, examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, and then trek along Perimeter Trail.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ouray trip maker site .

Drive from Grand Junction to Ouray in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, Ouray is slightly colder than Grand Junction - with highs of 55°F and lows of 36°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

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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 15th (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Two Old Crows, then hike along Piedra River Trail, then take in the exciting artwork at Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery, and finally take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs driving holiday tool .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs: temperatures range from 63°F by day to 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery ©
Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery

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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 16th (Thu): make a trip to Park Point, delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, steep yourself in history at Balcony House, then examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, and finally delve into the distant past at Far View Sites.

For where to stay, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park vacation planning tool .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in May, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are somewhat warmer (72°F), and nights are about the same (38°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Estes Park.

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

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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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): hike along Emerald Lake Trail, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and then get all the information you need at Estes Park Visitor Center. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Mountain Blown Glass, then take in the exciting artwork at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, then stop by Brownfield's, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

For ratings, maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Estes Park route maker app .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In May, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Emerald Lake Trail
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Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery
Mountain Blown Glass ©
Mountain Blown Glass

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