7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  5​h
2
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Kansas City

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night
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, get a taste of the local shopping with Commonwheel Artists Co-op, then walk around Garden of the Gods, and finally walk around Red Rock Canyon Open Space.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs route planner .

Kansas City to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Kansas City in July since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 58°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Commonwheel Artists Co-op
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Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

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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): stroll through Yankee Boy Basin, then trek along Perimeter Trail, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Cascade Falls Park and then admire all the interesting features of Animas Forks.

To see reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Ouray driving holiday site .

Do a combination of flight and bus from Colorado Springs to Ouray in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. In July, Ouray is a bit cooler than Colorado Springs - with highs of 74°F and lows of 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Animas Forks ©
Animas Forks

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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. Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa and then take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls.

To find photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs road trip site .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Pagosa Springs takes 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 81°F to lows of 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature
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The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then explore the ancient world of Long House. Here are some ideas for day two: delve into the distant past at Balcony House and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park online attractions planner .

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: 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 90°F to lows of 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Trails
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Long House ©
Long House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

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