7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  7​h 30​min
1
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + foot:  9​h 45​min
End: New York City

1
night
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 10th (Thu), indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs tour itinerary site .

New York City to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Glenwood Springs, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler temperatures traveling from New York City in October, with highs in Glenwood Springs at 47°F and lows at 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Trails Nature

Side Trips

Rocky Mountains, Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Spas
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains

1
night
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 12th (Sat): trek along Perimeter Trail, then admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Yankee Girl Mine, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Yankee Boy Basin.

For more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Ouray trip builder app .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in October, you will find days in Ouray are somewhat warmer (56°F), and nights are about the same (37°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin

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 13th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls, then look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs online sightseeing planner .

Getting from Ouray to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sun) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
Spas

3
nights
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.
On the 14th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Far View Sites, steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace, then contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Long House. On the 15th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stroll through Petroglyph Point Hike and then explore the ancient world of Hovenweep National Monument.

To find traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary builder tool .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. While traveling from Pagosa Springs, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 34°F. You will have some time to spend on the 16th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Hovenweep National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike
Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument

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