8 days in Colorado & Utah Itinerary

8 days in Colorado & Utah Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado & Utah Itinerary

Start: San Juan, Puerto Rico
Fly:  14​h 30​min
1
Pagosa Springs
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
4
Bryce Canyon National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Zion National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  14​h
End: San Juan, Puerto Rico


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day
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. On the 16th (Sun), take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa, then hike along Piedra River Trail, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls.

For maps, ratings, photos, and tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs day trip planning tool .

San Juan, Puerto Rico to Pagosa Springs is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. Traveling from San Juan to Pagosa Springs, you'll gain 3 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from San Juan, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of 31°C to lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

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Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Treasure Falls ©
Treasure Falls
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.
On the 17th (Mon), don't miss a visit to Park Point, explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and finally steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, stroll through Petroglyph Point Hike, and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

To see photos, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 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 June, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are a bit warmer (37°C), and nights are about the same (9°C). Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Ouray.

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Long House ©
Long House
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

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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 19th (Wed): contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine, stroll through Yankee Boy Basin, then take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and finally admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Ouray online trip planner .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 26°C by day to 11°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to drive to Bryce Canyon National Park.

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Bear Creek Falls
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin

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Bryce Canyon National Park

Bryce Canyon National Park ©
You can find hoodoos--rock pillars formed by erosion--all around the world, but those of Bryce Canyon National Park remain the standard bearers thanks to their bright red color, tall stature, and arrangement in large amphitheaters.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): hike along Queen's Garden Trail, then explore the stunning scenery at Sunset Point, and then hike along Navajo Loop Trail.

For traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, use the Bryce Canyon National Park trip itinerary builder site .

You can drive from Ouray to Bryce Canyon National Park in 7.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of car, flight, and bus. Traveling from Ouray in June, you will find days in Bryce Canyon National Park are a bit warmer (30°C), and nights are little chillier (5°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) early enough to drive to Zion National Park.

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Parks Trails Outdoors
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Sunset Point ©
Sunset Point

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Zion National Park

Zion National Park
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): cruise along Zion-Mt. Carmel Highway, explore and take pictures at Observation Point, and then explore the stunning scenery at Zion's Main Canyon.

To find where to stay, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, you can read our Zion National Park trip builder tool .

Getting from Bryce Canyon National Park to Zion National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Bryce Canyon National Park in June, expect Zion National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 40°C and 11°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

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