8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
Fly:  17​h 30​min
1
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  22​h
End: Birmingham

1
night
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 10th (Tue), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, take in the dramatic scenery at Rifle Falls, and then explore the striking landscape at Rocky Mountains. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Wed): trek along Hanging Lake Trail, then contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake, and then explore the stunning scenery at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail.

For traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs travel itinerary planner .

Birmingham, UK to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 17.5-hour flight. The time zone changes from Greenwich Mean Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -7 hour difference. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Birmingham in September: high temperatures in Glenwood Springs hover around 17°C and lows are around 6°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Rocky Mountains, Rifle Falls
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Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Spas & Wellness
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake

2
nights
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 12th (Thu), contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine, take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Alpine Chapel, then take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and finally hike along Bear Creek Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Fri): hike along Cascade Falls Park, admire the sheer force of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, and then hike along Perimeter Trail.

For more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Ouray itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Ouray takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 22°C to lows of 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Fri) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Telluride
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall ©
Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall

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. On the 14th (Sat), explore the activities along San Juan River Walk, hike along Piedra River Trail, and then take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. While traveling from Ouray, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of 26°C to lows of 7°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sat) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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 15th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Far View Sites, then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally trek along Petroglyph Point Hike.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park road trip planning site .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in September, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be about the same, around 8°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 31°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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