8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip itinerary planner

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Make it your trip
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Ouray
— 1 night
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 4 nights
Fly
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Ouray

— 1 night
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 24th (Fri): see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum and then trek along Cascade Falls Park. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Ouray County Museum, then stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then trek along Perimeter Trail.

To find maps, reviews, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Ouray trip itinerary planner.

San Francisco to Ouray is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone difference when traveling from San Francisco to Ouray is 1 hour. Traveling from San Francisco in September, expect Ouray to be a bit cooler, temps between 66°F and 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

Mesa Verde National Park

— 4 nights
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Visit Spruce Tree House and Far View Sites for their historical value. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Mesa Verde National Park and Petroglyph Point Hike. There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Long House, don't miss a visit to Park Point, take a memorable drive along Ruins Road, and see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum.

Plan a Mesa Verde National Park trip in moments using our itinerary builder.

You can drive from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in September: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) to allow enough time to fly to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Estes Park

— 2 nights
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 30th (Thu): cruise along Trail Ridge Road and then take an exotic tour of Estes Park Guided Tours. On your second day here, hike along Cub Lake Trail, trek along Emerald Lake Trail, and then look for gifts at Brownfield's.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Estes Park day trip planning site.

Traveling by flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In September, plan for daily highs up to 81°F, and evening lows to 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Fri) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Wildlife

Side Trip

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.