8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Atlanta
+2
Fly + Foot + Bus:  6​h 45​min
1
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Vail
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Atlanta

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. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): trek along Perimeter Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine, then take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin, then admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, and finally trek along Cascade Falls Park.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Ouray online holiday maker .

Atlanta to Ouray is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. While traveling from Atlanta, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

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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.
On the 13th (Thu), don't miss a visit to Park Point, explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection 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 more tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park online road trip planner .

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 taxi and bus. 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Long House ©
Long House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

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night
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 15th (Sat), take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls.

For photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs holiday 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. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, expect nights in Pagosa Springs to be about the same, around 44°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 80°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Nature Parks Outdoors
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River Rafting & Tubing
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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Vail

Vail ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Beaver Creek Ski Area and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

For other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Vail online trip itinerary builder .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Vail takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in June, expect nights in Vail to be about the same, around 45°F, while days are much colder, around 60°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

Beaver Creek Ski Area
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Beaver Creek Ski Area ©
Beaver Creek Ski Area

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nights
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 17th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then take in the exciting artwork at Mountain Blown Glass, and then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park and then hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Estes Park trip builder website .

Traveling by car from Vail to Estes Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Vail in June: highs in Estes Park hover around 87°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Emerald Lake Trail
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Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Mountain Blown Glass ©
Mountain Blown Glass

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