7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Longmont
Drive:  1​h 15​min
1
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
2
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
End: Longmont

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): take in the awesome beauty at Deer Mountain, walk around Estes Park Visitor Center, admire the sheer force of Calypso Cascades, take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock, then contemplate the long history of Holzwarth Historic Site, and finally explore the striking landscape of Many Parks Curve Overlook. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along Bierstadt Lake, brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dancing Pines Distillery, then view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then admire the sheer force of Ouzel Falls, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Longs Peak.

To see where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner.

Longmont to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Expect a daytime high around 89°F in August, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Estes Park
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Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Ouzel  Falls ©
Ouzel Falls
Chapel on the Rock ©
Chapel on the Rock

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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 21st (Wed): explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail, then identify plant and animal life at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Castle Creek Road, and finally see a world frozen in time at Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read Aspen trip planner .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Aspen in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August, expect Aspen to be a bit cooler, temps between 77°F and 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
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Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area ©

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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. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): don't miss a visit to Idarado Mine, admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, hike along Horsethief Trail, admire the sheer force of Uncompahgre Gorge, then get in on the excitement at Ouray Ice Park, and finally trek along Baby Bath Tubs Trail.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ouray travel route tool .

Drive from Aspen to Ouray in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Aspen in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Ouray, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Idarado Mine, Bear Creek Falls
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Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Baby Bath Tubs Trail ©
Baby Bath Tubs Trail
Uncompahgre Gorge ©
Uncompahgre Gorge

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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. For photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs online travel route planner .

Drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. While traveling from Ouray, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Chimney Rock National Monument ©
Chimney Rock National Monument
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park

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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.
Plan a Mesa Verde National Park trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

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. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in August, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are a bit warmer (86°F), and nights are about the same (53°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Nature Parks Historic Sites
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Mesa Verde National Park ©
Mesa Verde National Park
Far View Sites ©
Far View Sites
Square Tower House ©
Square Tower House

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