8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado planner

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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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Palisade
— 2 nights
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Ouray
— 1 night
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Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Glenwood Springs

— 1 night
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.
On the 14th (Fri), take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Rifle Falls, then explore the striking landscape at Rocky Mountains, and then explore the activities along Hanging Lake.

To see ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Glenwood Springs day trip planning tool.

Charlotte to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Charlotte in May: high temperatures in Glenwood Springs hover around 46°F and lows are around 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Palisade.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Spas

Side Trips

Palisade

— 2 nights
Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): do a tasting at Varaison Vineyards and Winery, learn about winemaking at Hermosa Vineyards, and then do a tasting at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room. Keep things going the next day: learn about winemaking at St Kathryn Cellars, do a tasting at Maison la Belle Vie Winery, learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies, then learn about winemaking at Talon Winery, and finally learn about winemaking at Debeque Canyon Winery.

To find traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Palisade travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Palisade takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in May, expect nights in Palisade to be somewhat warmer, around 46°F, while days are much hotter, around 73°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Palisade

Wineries

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. Kick off your visit on the 18th (Tue): take an in-depth tour of Ouray County Museum, hike along Cascade Falls Park, and then trek along Perimeter Trail.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Ouray tour planner.

Getting from Palisade to Ouray by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Palisade in May, expect Ouray to be a bit cooler, temps between 55°F and 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

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. Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): see Off-Road Tours, then explore the ancient world of Chimney Rock National Monument, then tour the pleasant surroundings at San Juan River Walk, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find photos, ratings, and more tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in May: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 63°F, while lows dip to 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Parks

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Long House, don't miss a visit to Park Point, and then see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum.

To find more things to do and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 38°F. You will have some time to spend on the 21st (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Museums

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.