8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Tampa
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Tampa

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Red Rock Canyon and Arcade Amusements, Inc. Step out of Colorado Springs with an excursion to River Rafting & Tubing in Canon City--about 1h 25 min away. There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods, stroll through Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, and admire all the interesting features of Pikes Peak.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip planner.

Tampa to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Tampa to Colorado Springs. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Tampa in September: highs in Colorado Springs hover around 79°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Arcade Amusements, Inc, River Rafting & Tubing
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
River Rafting & Tubing
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©

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 2nd (Tue), explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Mesa Verde National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Colorado Springs in October since evenings lows in Mesa Verde National Park dip to 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

1
night
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. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): stroll through Piedra River Trail, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls.

To find photos, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs trip itinerary builder app .

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October, expect nights in Pagosa Springs to be about the same, around 33°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 62°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Trails Nature
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Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail

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 (Thu), admire the sheer force of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Ouray journey planner.

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Ouray by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. While traveling from Pagosa Springs, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 56°F to lows of 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Nature Trails
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park ©
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park

2
nights
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 5th (Fri): take in the awesome beauty at Maroon Bells. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then admire all the interesting features of The John Denver Sanctuary.

To find photos, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Aspen vacation builder tool .

You can drive from Ouray to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Expect little chillier evenings in Aspen when traveling from Ouray in October, with lows around 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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