7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Fly + Taxi:  8​h 45​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Indianapolis

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.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planning tool .

Indianapolis to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Indianapolis to Mesa Verde National Park. Traveling from Indianapolis in October, Mesa Verde National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

The Anasazi Heritage Center
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

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. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): view the masterpieces at Two Old Crows, then stroll through Piedra River Trail, then take in the exciting artwork at Lantern Dancer, and finally take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa.

To find reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs journey planner.

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. While traveling from Mesa Verde National Park, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of 62°F to lows of 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
Two Old Crows ©
Two Old Crows

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. Start off your visit on the 24th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then stroll through Yankee Boy Basin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Perimeter Trail, and then hike along Cascade Falls Park.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Ouray sightseeing planning app .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Ouray in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Pagosa Springs in October: highs in Ouray hover around 56°F, while lows dip to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

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.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Fri): look for gifts at Gene Taylor Sports, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail, and then stroll through Crater Lake Trail. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by The Emporium And Flying Circus and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Aspen trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Aspen takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Ouray in October, plan for little chillier nights in Aspen, with lows around 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Gene Taylor Sports
Highlights from your plan
Crater Lake Trail ©
Crater Lake Trail
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Gene Taylor Sports ©
Gene Taylor Sports

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