7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Chicago
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
1
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Denver
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
5
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Chicago

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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. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): don't miss a visit to Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall.

To find maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ouray trip itinerary site .

Chicago to Ouray is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. In November, Ouray is a bit cooler than Chicago - with highs of 45°F and lows of 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park ©
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park

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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park ©
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Painted Wall and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

To see photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Ouray in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park: temperatures range from 53°F by day to 27°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Nature Parks
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Painted Wall ©
Painted Wall

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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. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls, then contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk, and then relax and rejuvenate at The Springs Resort & Spa. On the next day, fly down the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs trip planner.

Getting from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 4.5 hours. In November, daily temperatures in Pagosa Springs can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Thu): stroll through Denver Zoo and then cruise along Mount Evans Scenic Byway.

To see reviews, photos, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Denver road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Pagosa Springs to Denver in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In November, plan for daily highs up to 54°F, and evening lows to 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Thu) to allow enough time to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Scenic Drive Zoos & Aquariums Parks
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Mount Evans Scenic Byway ©
Mount Evans Scenic Byway
Denver Zoo ©
Denver Zoo

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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 9th (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon, identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods, and then get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs travel planning website .

Take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In November, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 27°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Theme Parks

Side Trip

North Pole - Santa's Workshop
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Red Rock Canyon Open Space ©
Red Rock Canyon Open Space

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