8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
+4
Bus + Fly + Foot + Bus + Drive:  11​h 30​min
1
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Foot:  9​h 45​min
End: New York City

2
nights
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 18th (Sun): hike along Emerald Lake Trail, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls. Keep things going the next day: admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, then explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan, and then take a stroll through Downtown Estes Park.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park road trip planning app .

New York City to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and car. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. Traveling from New York City to Rocky Mountain National Park, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from New York City in August since evenings lows in Rocky Mountain National Park dip to 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alberta Falls ©
Alberta Falls
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan

1
night
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.
On the 20th (Tue), trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then stroll through Rio Grande Trail, and finally appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Aspen day trip app .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Aspen in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August, things will get slightly colder in Aspen: highs are around 77°F and lows about 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

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

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. Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Perimeter Trail, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, then trek along Cascade Falls Park, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin.

To see ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ouray journey site .

You can drive from Aspen to Ouray in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of car and bus. While traveling from Aspen, expect slightly colder 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 21st (Wed) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

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. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls.

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You can drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 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 77°F to lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): delve into the distant past at Long House, hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To find where to stay, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary site .

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. While traveling from Pagosa Springs, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 53°F. On the 24th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Trails Parks

Side Trip

The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center

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