8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado travel planner

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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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Palisade
— 2 nights
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Ouray
— 1 night
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Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Glenwood Springs

— 1 night
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Wed): get interesting insight from Tours, explore the stunning scenery at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On the 27th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the activities along Hanging Lake, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains, and then admire the sheer force of Rifle Falls.

For ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs online itinerary planner.

Minneapolis to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Minneapolis to Glenwood Springs. Traveling from Minneapolis in May, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are much colder (46°F), and nights are a bit cooler (33°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Palisade.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure

Side Trips

Palisade

— 2 nights
Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): do a tasting at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room, then learn about winemaking at Hermosa Vineyards, and then do a tasting at Varaison Vineyards and Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on nature at Museum of Western Colorado: Dinosaur Journey, then do a tasting at Talon Winery, then learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies, and finally do a tasting at Maison la Belle Vie Winery.

For traveler tips and other tourist information, read Palisade itinerary planner.

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Palisade in 1.5 hours. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Palisade, ranging from highs of 73°F to lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Palisade

Wineries · Childrens Museums · Museums

Side Trip

Ouray

— 1 night
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 30th (Sun): stroll through Perimeter Trail, get to know the fascinating history of Ouray County Museum, and then hike along Cascade Falls Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Ouray vacation planning website.

Getting from Palisade to Ouray by car takes about 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Palisade in May, with highs in Ouray at 55°F and lows at 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors · Trails · Parks · Museums

Pagosa Springs

— 1 night
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 31st (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, explore the ancient world of Chimney Rock National Monument, then trek along San Juan River Walk, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For reviews, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs road trip site.

Drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Pagosa Springs, with highs around 63°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Mesa Verde National Park

— 2 nights
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 1st (Tue): delve into the distant past at Long House, see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, and then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House. On the 2nd (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the striking landscape of Mesa Verde National Park.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park travel planning tool.

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. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in May, plan for somewhat warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.