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
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Durango
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Foot:  9​h 45​min
End: New York City

3
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. Step out of the city life by going to Cascade Falls Park and Perimeter Trail. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ouray County Museum and Museum of the Mountain West. There's lots more to do: see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum, explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin, admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find reviews, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, read Ouray trip website .

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. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Ouray due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from New York City in June, with highs in Ouray at 71°F and lows at 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Museum of the Mountain West
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Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Ouray County Museum ©
Ouray County Museum
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

3
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Durango

Durango ©
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Take a break from the city and head to San Juan National Forest and Purgatory Resort. Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Toh-Atin Gallery and Honeyville. There's much more to do: see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, and trek along Animas River Trail.

For where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Durango online sightseeing planner .

Drive from Ouray to Durango in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Durango, with highs around 84°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Outdoors Tours
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San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery
Honeyville ©
Honeyville

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.
To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In June in Mesa Verde National Park, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 47°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 27th (Wed) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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