8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Estes Park
— Few hours
Fly + Taxi:  5​h 15​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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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.
For ratings, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Estes Park vacation planner.

Fort Lauderdale to Estes Park is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, tram, flight, and taxi; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Estes Park. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Fort Lauderdale in September: highs in Estes Park hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 50°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures ©

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, then see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, and finally explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: make a trip to Park Point, trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

To plan Mesa Verde National Park vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park by combination of taxi, bus, and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Estes Park in September since evenings lows in Mesa Verde National Park dip to 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
Long House ©
Long House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

1
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 18th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Two Old Crows, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedra River Trail, then take in the exciting artwork at Lantern Dancer, and finally relax and rejuvenate at The Springs Resort & Spa.

To find reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs day trip planner .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs in 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 a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
Two Old Crows ©
Two Old Crows

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. Start off your visit on the 19th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, 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 next day: stroll through Bear Creek Falls, trek along Perimeter Trail, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Falls Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ouray online driving holiday planner .

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Ouray by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. While traveling from Pagosa Springs, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 66°F to lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

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

2
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, and then trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

For ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Aspen road trip site .

Getting from Ouray to Aspen by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. While traveling from Ouray, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 41°F. On the 22nd (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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