8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Foot:  9​h 45​min
End: New York City

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.
For where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Aspen road trip planning site .

New York City to Aspen is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. While traveling from New York City, expect slightly colder days and cooler nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 77°F to lows of 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic 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. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Mon): trek along Bear Creek Falls, then walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, read our Ouray trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Ouray takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Aspen in August, you will find days in Ouray are slightly colder (70°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Mon) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park ©
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park

2
nights
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 20th (Tue): take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa and then gear up at Gear Rentals. On the 21st (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Piedra River Trail and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls.

To see photos, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs road 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 77°F to lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature
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River Rafting & Tubing
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): delve into the distant past at Long House, steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at The Anasazi Heritage Center and then admire all the interesting features of Hovenweep National Monument.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip planning app .

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. While traveling from Pagosa Springs, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 53°F. You will have some time to spend on the 24th (Sat) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hovenweep National Monument, The Anasazi Heritage Center
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Long House ©
Long House
Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center

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