8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Denver
bus:  1​h
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
+4
taxi + bus + Fly + bus + taxi:  5​h 30​min
5
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
End: Denver

1
night
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
On the 23rd (Sun), identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods and then identify plant and animal life at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon.

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Denver to Colorado Springs is an approximately 1-hour bus ride. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In September in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 79°F during the day and 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

#Parks, #Nature, #Wildlife

Side Trip

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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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 25th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and finally steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace.

To find where to stay, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park tour itinerary tool .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Expect slightly colder evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from Colorado Springs in September, with lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

#Historic Sites, #Museums
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
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. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Wed): witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa, then contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs itinerary planner .

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs in 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 September, plan for a bit cooler 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 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

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

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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 27th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yankee Boy Basin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, then hike along Perimeter Trail, and then hike along Cascade Falls Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Ouray travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Ouray takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in September, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 45°F, while days are little chillier, around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Ouray

#Parks, #Trails, #Outdoors

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall ©
Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall

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Estes Park

More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
On the 29th (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Estes Park Visitor Center, then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail, then admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and then wander the streets of Downtown Estes Park.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Estes Park vacation website .

You can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Ouray to Estes Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Ouray in September, you will find days in Estes Park are somewhat warmer (81°F), and nights are about the same (50°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
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Spas & Wellness
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook
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