8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  5​h
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Ouray
— 2 nights
+3
Bus + Foot + Fly + Bus:  8​h 30​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Estes Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers. Keep things going the next day: hike along Emerald Lake Trail, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and then stop by Glen Haven General Store.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, use the Estes Park tour planner.

New York City to Estes Park is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from New York City in June: highs in Estes Park hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): stroll around Garden of the Gods, then find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and then look for all kinds of wild species at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Estes Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In June, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 84°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park

1
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 2nd (Tue), delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park day trip planning app .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. July in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
Balcony House ©
Balcony 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. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Two Old Crows, then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls, then take in the exciting artwork at Lantern Dancer, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at The Springs Resort & Spa.

For where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs trip planning site .

You can 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 bus and shuttle. In July, Pagosa Springs is little chillier than Mesa Verde National Park - with highs of 81°F and lows of 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Nature Parks Shopping
Highlights from your plan
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
Two Old Crows ©
Two Old Crows

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. On the 4th (Thu), examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, then hike along Perimeter Trail, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Ouray vacation planner.

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Ouray by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in July, you will find days in Ouray are slightly colder (74°F), and nights are about the same (52°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

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