7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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

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.
On the 27th (Sat), explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park online tour planner .

Madison to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Madison to Mesa Verde National Park. When traveling from Madison in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 90°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums
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Long House ©
Long House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum

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Durango

Durango ©
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Mon): trek along Animas River Trail, then examine the collection at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Durango tour itinerary maker site .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Tours
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Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail
Horseback Riding Tours

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Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. On the 30th (Tue), soothe aching muscles at The Springs Resort & Spa, then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs trip itinerary planner .

Drive from Durango to Pagosa Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Durango in July, you will find days in Pagosa Springs are a bit cooler (81°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): stroll through Perimeter Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, and then hike along Cascade Falls Park.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ouray road trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Ouray takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in July, you will find days in Ouray are a bit cooler (74°F), and nights are about the same (52°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Trails Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

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nights
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.
On the 1st (Thu), stroll through Manitou Springs Incline, stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then look for gifts at Commonwheel Artists Co-op. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center and then admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls.

For where to stay, ratings, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs tour planner .

You can do a combination of bus and flight from Ouray to Colorado Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. In July, Colorado Springs is somewhat warmer than Ouray - with highs of 86°F and lows of 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
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Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls

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