7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado visit planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Pagosa Springs
— 1 day
Drive
3
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive
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Aspen
— 2 nights
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Estes Park

— 1 night
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 14th (Sun): cruise along Trail Ridge Road. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Emerald Lake Trail, then take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read Estes Park trip app.

Indianapolis to Estes Park is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Indianapolis in October since evenings lows in Estes Park dip to 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Pagosa Springs

— 1 day
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Two Old Crows, then trek along Piedra River Trail, then view the masterpieces at Lantern Dancer, and finally take in the natural beauty of Bath House (Hot Springs) @ The Springs Resort & Spa.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs trip itinerary maker tool.

You can drive from Estes Park to Pagosa Springs in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Estes Park in October; daily highs in Pagosa Springs reach 62°F and lows reach 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Ouray

— 2 nights
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 17th (Wed): walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yankee Boy Basin. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, trek along Perimeter Trail, and then trek along Cascade Falls Park.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Ouray holiday app.

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Ouray in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in October, you will find days in Ouray are a bit cooler (56°F), and nights are about the same (37°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

Aspen

— 2 nights

Rocky Mountain High

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 19th (Fri): stop by Gene Taylor Sports, then stroll through Rio Grande Trail, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Crater Lake Trail. Keep things going the next day: look for gifts at The Emporium And Flying Circus and then stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

For maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Aspen trip app.

Drive from Ouray to Aspen in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Ouray in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Aspen, with lows of 30°F. On the 20th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Shopping

Side Trip

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.