8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado 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
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Vail
— 1 night
Drive
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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 11th (Tue): hike along Perimeter Trail. On your second day here, contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine, explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin, then admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, and finally hike along Cascade Falls Park.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Ouray day trip planning tool.

Atlanta to Ouray is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. While traveling from Atlanta, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park

— 2 nights
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 (Thu), make a trip to Park Point, delve into the distant past at Far View Sites, delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

For reviews, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip builder website.

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. Traveling from Ouray in June, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 89°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails · Parks

Pagosa Springs

— 1 night
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. On the 15th (Sat), witness a stunning natural landmark at Bath House (Hot Springs) @ The Springs Resort & Spa, then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls.

Plan my trip to Pagosa Springs with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

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 taxi, bus, and shuttle. While traveling from Mesa Verde National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can drive to Vail.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Adventure

Vail

— 1 night

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
On the 16th (Sun), stroll through Beaver Creek Ski Area.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Vail day trip planning app.

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Vail in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. While traveling from Pagosa Springs, expect colder days and about the same nights in Vail, ranging from highs of 60°F to lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Estes Park.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trip

Highlights from your trip

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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, take in the exciting artwork at Mountain Blown Glass, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park and then trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

For maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Estes Park online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Vail to Estes Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Vail in June, plan for much hotter days in Estes Park, with highs around 87°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 54°F. On the 18th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Trails

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.