8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
+3
Bus + Fly + Foot + Bus:  8​h 15​min
1
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive + Bus:  4​h 30​min
5
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Bus:  6​h 45​min
End: New York City

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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 19th (Mon): examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ouray road trip planning tool .

New York City to Ouray is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from New York City in November; daily highs in Ouray reach 45°F and lows reach 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

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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. On the 21st (Wed), view the masterpieces at Two Old Crows, stop by Made in Colorado Shoppe, view the masterpieces at Lantern Dancer, then view the masterpieces at Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery, and finally take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs trip builder .

You can drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. In November, daily temperatures in Pagosa Springs can reach 49°F, while at night they dip to 24°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Wed) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Shopping Museums Parks
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Two Old Crows ©
Two Old Crows
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery ©
Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery

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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.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Thu): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in November, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are a bit warmer (55°F), and nights are about the same (24°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Thu) to allow time to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums
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Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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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 23rd (Fri): view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and then get a taste of the local shopping with Scot's Sporting Goods. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along East Inlet Trail, then enjoy the sand and surf at The Beach at Grand Lake, then stop by Never Summer Mountain Products, and finally appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

For more things to do, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Estes Park trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive. In November in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 27°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Lake
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Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Photography Tours

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Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yampa River Core Trail, then look for gifts at Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, and finally stop by F.M. Light & Sons. On your second day here, hit the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park.

For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs driving holiday planner .

You can drive from Estes Park to Steamboat Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Estes Park in November, with highs in Steamboat Springs at 43°F and lows at 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Off the Beaten Path Bookstore ©
Off the Beaten Path Bookstore
F.M. Light & Sons ©
F.M. Light & Sons

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