8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Evansville
Fly:  8​h
1
Estes Park
— 1 night
Fly + Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Evansville

1
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.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): shop like a local with Mountain Blown Glass.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Estes Park route planning tool .

Evansville to Estes Park is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Evansville in June, Estes Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery
Mountain Blown Glass ©
Mountain Blown Glass
Photography Tours

1
night
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 (Tue), take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, then take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin, and finally steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Perimeter Trail, hike along Cascade Falls Park, and then admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls.

To see more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Ouray trip maker app .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Estes Park to Ouray in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Estes Park in June, expect Ouray to be a bit cooler, temps between 72°F and 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Thu): don't miss a visit to Park Point, explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park travel route builder .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Ouray, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

2
nights
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. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa, then trek along Piedra River Trail, and then hike along San Juan River Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery, view the masterpieces at Lantern Dancer, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs sightseeing planner .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of 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 your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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