8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
+3
Bus + Fly + Foot + Bus:  8​h 15​min
1
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Palisade
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  9​h 15​min
End: New York City

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. Start off your visit on the 14th (Tue): examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum.

To find photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Ouray online route planner .

New York City to Ouray is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Ouray is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in May, expect Ouray to be a bit cooler, temps between 55°F and 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Wed) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Museums Outdoors Parks
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Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Ouray County Museum ©
Ouray County Museum

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 16th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery, examine the collection at San Juan Historical Museum, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs trip itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Ouray in May, expect nights in Pagosa Springs to be about the same, around 35°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Thu) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Museums Shopping
Highlights from your plan
San Juan Historical Museum ©
San Juan Historical Museum
Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery ©
Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery

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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: learn more about the world around you at The Anasazi Heritage Center, explore the world behind art at Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

To see more things to do, where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park road trip planning app .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Pagosa Springs in May: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to travel to Palisade.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Long House ©
Long House

2
nights
Palisade

Palisade ©
Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Plum Creek Winery, do a tasting at Meadery of the Rockies, then learn about winemaking at Hermosa Vineyards, and finally take a stroll through Downtown Grand Junction. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at Varaison Vineyards and Winery, then learn about winemaking at Mesa Park Vineyards, and then do a tasting at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Palisade vacation planner .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Palisade in 5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in May since evenings lows in Palisade dip to 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Palisade

Wineries Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Downtown Grand Junction
Highlights from your plan
Hermosa Vineyards ©
Hermosa Vineyards
Varaison Vineyards and Winery ©
Varaison Vineyards and Winery

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