7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Fly:  5​h 45​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Ouray
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  7​h 45​min
End: Indianapolis

1
night
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms and then explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon, then find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center.

To see photos, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs day trip planning app .

Indianapolis to Colorado Springs is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Indianapolis to Colorado Springs. Traveling from Indianapolis in October, expect little chillier with lows of 39°F in Colorado Springs. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, North Pole - Santa's Workshop
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Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
North Pole - Santa's Workshop ©
North Pole - Santa's Workshop
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

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.
Kick off your visit on the 15th (Mon): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, and finally explore the striking landscape at Square Tower House.

To see where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park route tool .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Expect little chillier evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from Colorado Springs in October, with lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Nature Parks
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Square Tower House ©
Square Tower House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

2
nights
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. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): stop by Two Old Crows, then trek along Piedra River Trail, then take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa, and finally view the masterpieces at Lantern Dancer. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along San Juan River Walk, then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Pagosa Springs, with highs around 62°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk

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. On the 18th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Yankee Boy Basin, then admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall.

To see traveler tips, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Ouray day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Ouray takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. While traveling from Pagosa Springs, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 56°F to lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

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
Baby Bath Tubs Trail ©
Baby Bath Tubs Trail

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