8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Detroit

1
night
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.
On the 2nd (Tue), admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs itinerary maker website .

Detroit to Colorado Springs is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Detroit to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Detroit in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 58°F in Colorado Springs. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Manitou Springs
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Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
Commonwheel Artists Co-op ©
Commonwheel Artists Co-op

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, then appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, and then take a memorable tour with Tours.

To see ratings, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Aspen vacation builder site .

Traveling by flight from Colorado Springs to Aspen takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Colorado Springs in July: high temperatures in Aspen hover around 81°F and lows are around 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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. Start off your visit on the 5th (Fri): hike along Perimeter Trail, explore and take pictures at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park. On the next day, stroll through Cascade Falls Park, then get engrossed in the history at Ouray County Museum, then examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls.

To find ratings, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Ouray online journey maker .

Getting from Aspen to Ouray by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Aspen in July, you will find days in Ouray are little chillier (74°F), and nights are about the same (52°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

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

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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 7th (Sun): explore the activities along San Juan River Walk, then hike along Piedra River Trail, and then relax and rejuvenate at The Springs Resort & Spa.

For photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs trip planner .

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 81°F to lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

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

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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.
On the 8th (Mon), get a new perspective on nature at The Anasazi Heritage Center, hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then explore the ancient world of Balcony House.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and more tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary maker 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, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in July, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 90°F. You will have some time to spend on the 9th (Tue) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

The Anasazi Heritage Center
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The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

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