7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Appleton
Fly + Drive:  7​h
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Ouray
— 1 night
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  5​h
4
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Appleton

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Thu): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park day trip planner .

Appleton to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Appleton, expect somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Fri) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

1
night
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 3rd (Sat): witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa, take a memorable tour with Tours, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls.

To find maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs road trip planner .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Pagosa Springs, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors
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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. On the 4th (Sun), take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin, hike along Perimeter Trail, and then trek along Bear Creek Falls.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Ouray trip app .

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 70°F to lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel to Colorado 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
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

2
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 5th (Mon), explore the activities along Manitou Springs Incline and then identify plant and animal life at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. Keep things going the next day: walk around Garden of the Gods, then explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon Open Space, and then admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs online trip itinerary planner .

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. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in August: high temperatures in Colorado Springs hover around 83°F and lows are around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

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

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan and then hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Colorado Springs in August, expect nights in Rocky Mountain National Park to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 89°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

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