8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Denver
Drive:  1​h 45​min
1
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h
2
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Cortez
— 4 nights
Fly:  2​h 15​min
End: Denver

2
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sun): hike along Lily Lake Trailhead, then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock, then trek along Twin Sisters Peaks Trail, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Chasm Falls. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the awesome beauty at Deer Mountain, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes, then look for all kinds of wild species at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally stroll through North Inlet Trail.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Rocky Mountain National Park travel route tool .

Denver to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 2-hour car ride. In October, daily temperatures in Rocky Mountain National Park can reach 69°F, while at night they dip to 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Chapel on the Rock ©
Chapel on the Rock
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

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 23rd (Wed): explore the activities along San Juan River Walk, then delve into the distant past at Chimney Rock National Monument, and then trek along Fourmile Falls Trail.

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Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Pagosa Springs takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, flight, and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, car, and shuttle. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in October, expect Pagosa Springs to be little chillier, temps between 62°F and 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Cortez.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Outdoors Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
Fourmile Falls Trail ©
Fourmile Falls Trail
Chimney Rock National Monument ©
Chimney Rock National Monument

4
nights
Cortez

Cortez ©
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Get a sense of the local culture at Hovenweep National Monument and Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Petroglyph Point Hike and Nordenskiold #16 Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Cortez: Square Tower House (in Mesa Verde National Park), Shiprock Rock Formation (in Shiprock) and Salmon Ruins (in Farmington). There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Towac Visitor Center, take an in-depth tour of Cortez Cultural Center, and learn more about the world around you at The Anasazi Heritage Center.

For maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cortez day trip planning site .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Cortez in 2 hours. While traveling from Pagosa Springs, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cortez, ranging from highs of 69°F to lows of 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cortez

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Salmon Ruins, Towac Visitor Center, Shiprock Rock Formation, The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike
Square Tower House ©
Square Tower House

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