8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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

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Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): explore the historical opulence of Glen Eyrie Castle and then identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon, find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and then identify plant and animal life at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center.

To see traveler tips, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip planner .

Columbus to Colorado Springs is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Columbus in October, with lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

#Parks, #Wildlife, #Nature

Side Trips

North Pole - Santa's Workshop, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Red Rock Canyon ©
Red Rock Canyon

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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.
On the 30th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace, and finally explore the ancient world of Far View Sites.

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Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Colorado Springs in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

#Historic Sites
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

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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 31st (Wed), contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk, witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls.

For reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

#Nature, #Parks, #Spas
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Treasure Falls ©
Treasure Falls
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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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 1st (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, then take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin, and then examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine, then see a world frozen in time at Animas Forks, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Sweety's Wildlife Preserve Art Zoo.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Ouray trip planner .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Ouray takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Pagosa Springs in October: highs in Ouray hover around 56°F, while lows dip to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

#Nature, #Parks, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Sweety's Wildlife Preserve Art Zoo
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Animas Forks ©
Animas Forks
Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall ©
Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall

2
nights
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 3rd (Sat), hike along Rio Grande Trail, explore the activities along Crater Lake Trail, and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum. On your second day here, appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary and then hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

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Drive from Ouray to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Ouray in November, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Aspen, with lows of 20°F. On the 4th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Trails
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Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Crater Lake Trail ©
Crater Lake Trail

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