8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Columbia
Fly + Drive:  12​h
1
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h
End: Columbia

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 9th (Sun): explore and take pictures at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then hike along Yankee Boy Basin. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Ouray County Museum, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, then hike along Perimeter Trail, and finally see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum.

Plan my day in Ouray using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Columbia to Ouray is an approximately 12-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Columbia in September, expect Ouray to be a bit cooler, temps between 66°F and 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Ouray County Museum ©
Ouray County 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. Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa, explore the activities along San Juan River Walk, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors
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The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk

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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, then contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Long House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 13th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can 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 45°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 80°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
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Long House ©
Long House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

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.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Fri): look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center and then look for all kinds of wild species at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center. On the 15th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods and then take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon.

To see photos, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, use the Colorado Springs road trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Colorado Springs, with lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
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Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park
Red Rock Canyon Open Space ©
Red Rock Canyon Open Space

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