8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Green Bay
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Grand Junction
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Estes Park
— 1 night
+2
Fly + taxi + bus:  7​h 15​min
End: Green Bay

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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Rio Grande Trail.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen day trip app .

Green Bay to Aspen is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Green Bay in August, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Aspen, with lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

1
night
Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies, then learn about winemaking at Hermosa Vineyards, then take a stroll through Downtown Grand Junction, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Grand Mesa.

To find more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Grand Junction day trip planning tool .

You can drive from Aspen to Grand Junction in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Aspen in August, with highs in Grand Junction at 89°F and lows at 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Nature Parks Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Palisade
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Hermosa Vineyards ©
Hermosa Vineyards
Grand Mesa ©
Grand Mesa
Meadery of the Rockies ©
Meadery of the Rockies

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 11th (Sat): make a trip to Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Cascade Falls Park, then stroll through Perimeter Trail, and then trek along Bear Creek Falls.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Ouray trip planning app .

Getting from Grand Junction to Ouray by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In August, Ouray is a bit cooler than Grand Junction - with highs of 70°F and lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sun) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National 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
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

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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 13th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park tour itinerary planner.

You can drive from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Ouray in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Mon) so you can travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

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night
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.
On the 14th (Tue), look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, then view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then wander the streets of Downtown Estes Park, and finally stop by Laura's Fine Candy. Keep things going the next day: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

For ratings, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, go to the Estes Park vacation planner.

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 56°F at night. On the 15th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Neighborhoods Wildlife Outdoors
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Downtown Estes Park ©
Downtown Estes Park
Photography Tours
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©

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