8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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

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 7th (Fri), explore the activities along Manitou Springs Incline. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs online trip planner .

Chicago to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Colorado Springs. Expect slightly colder evenings in Colorado Springs when traveling from Chicago in June, with lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

Manitou Springs Incline
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Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
Red Rock Canyon Open Space ©
Red Rock Canyon Open Space

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, then take in the exciting artwork at Artisans of Mancos, and finally learn more about the world around you at The Anasazi Heritage Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, stroll through Petroglyph Point Hike, and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park travel planner.

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. Traveling from Colorado Springs in June, Mesa Verde National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums Trails

Side Trips

The Anasazi Heritage Center, Artisans of Mancos
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The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Long House ©
Long House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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. On the 11th (Tue), explore the activities along San Juan River Walk, relax and rejuvenate at The Springs Resort & Spa, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs attractions site .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

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

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 12th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin, then admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall. On the 13th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine, trek along Cascade Falls Park, then examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, and finally trek along Perimeter Trail.

To find where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Ouray online route maker .

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Ouray by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in June, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 72°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

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

Traveling by car from Ouray to Aspen takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. When traveling from Ouray in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and little chillier nights in Aspen: temperatures range from 79°F by day to 43°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Trails Outdoors Parks
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Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

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