8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Wilmington
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  9​h 45​min
1
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Palisade
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Wilmington

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. For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Ouray attractions planner.

Wilmington to Ouray is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Traveling from Wilmington to Ouray, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Wilmington, expect little chillier days and much colder nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Trails Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

3
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.
Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Long House and The Anasazi Heritage Center. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum and Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum. Step out of Mesa Verde National Park with an excursion to Hovenweep National Monument in Cortez--about 1h 25 min away. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, hike along Spruce Canyon Trail, contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and stroll through Farming Terraces.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip maker site .

Drive from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Ouray in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trips

Cortez, The Anasazi Heritage Center
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

1
night
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park ©
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
On the 20th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Mountain West, then admire all the interesting features of South Rim Road, and then take in breathtaking views at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park takes 4 hours. In September in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Thu) so you can travel to Palisade.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Nature Parks Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Museum of the Mountain West
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Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West

2
nights
Palisade

Palisade ©
Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. On the 21st (Fri), wander the streets of Downtown Grand Junction, then do a tasting at Hermosa Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Mesa Park Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at Varaison Vineyards and Winery.

For other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Palisade online sightseeing planner .

You can drive from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Palisade in 2 hours. In September, daytime highs in Palisade are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Palisade

Wineries Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Downtown Grand Junction
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Meadery of the Rockies ©
Meadery of the Rockies
Hermosa Vineyards ©
Hermosa Vineyards
Varaison Vineyards and Winery ©
Varaison Vineyards and Winery

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