8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Bus + Fly + Taxi:  8​h 30​min
1
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly + Bus:  8​h 15​min
End: New York City

1
night
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): stroll the grounds of Linwood Cemetery.

For ratings, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, read Glenwood Springs online attractions planner .

New York City to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Glenwood Springs, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in August, things will get cooler in Glenwood Springs: highs are around 64°F and lows about 47°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Nature Parks Trails
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Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake
Linwood Cemetery ©
Linwood Cemetery

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 31st (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Falls Park, then hike along Perimeter Trail, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls.

To find where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Ouray trip itinerary site .

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Ouray in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Ouray, with highs around 70°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

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night
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. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): stroll through San Juan River Walk, then stroll through Piedra River Trail, and then take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa.

To find out how to plan a trip to Pagosa Springs, use our trip itinerary maker.

You can drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Traveling from Ouray in August, expect nights in Pagosa Springs to be about the same, around 49°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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.
On the 2nd (Sun), delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Park Point, then trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in September, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are somewhat warmer (80°F), and nights are about the same (45°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Long House ©
Long House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

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night
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs day trip app .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

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