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 + Drive:  8​h 15​min
1
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
4
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
5
Vail
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: New York City

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 8th (Sat): see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum. Keep things going the next day: admire the sheer force of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall and then explore the stunning scenery at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Ouray day trip planning app .

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. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Ouray. Traveling from New York City in June, things will get a bit cooler in Ouray: highs are around 72°F and lows about 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Bear Creek Falls, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

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 11th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To see traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park route builder site .

Getting from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Ouray in June, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are somewhat warmer (89°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
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 12th (Wed): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then stroll through Piedra River Trail, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls.

For maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs vacation planner.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 80°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Treasure Falls ©
Treasure Falls
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail

1
night
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.
On the 13th (Thu), trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, then pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find ratings, maps, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Aspen sightseeing planning app .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Aspen in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. June in Aspen sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
River Rafting & Tubing
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

2
nights
Vail

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
On the 14th (Fri), get engrossed in the history at Breckenridge Welcome Center, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then trek along Booth Falls Trail.

Discover how to plan a Vail trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Aspen to Vail in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. When traveling from Aspen in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Vail: temperatures range from 60°F by day to 45°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Breckenridge Welcome Center
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Breckenridge Welcome Center ©
Breckenridge Welcome Center
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens ©
Betty Ford Alpine Gardens

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