8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Great Falls
Fly + Shuttle:  7 h
1
Vail
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 15 min
2
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  4 h 15 min
3
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
4
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  7 h 30 min
End: Great Falls

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): get your game on at Vail Valley Escape Room.

For where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Vail road trip planning app .

Great Falls to Vail is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. While traveling from Great Falls, expect colder days and about the same nights in Vail, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Vail

Adventure Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Vail Valley Escape Room, Breckenridge Welcome Center, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Vail Valley Escape Room ©
Vail Valley Escape Room
Breckenridge Welcome Center ©
Breckenridge Welcome Center

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 13th (Sat): hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, admire all the interesting features of The John Denver Sanctuary, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the waterfront views at Crater Lake Trail, hike along Rio Grande Trail, and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum.

To see more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Aspen trip planner .

You can drive from Vail to Aspen in 2.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. While traveling from Vail, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) so you can go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

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

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 15th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yankee Boy Basin. On the 16th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Cascade Falls Park, trek along Perimeter Trail, and then admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Ouray trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Ouray takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Aspen in July, you will find days in Ouray are a bit cooler (74°F), and nights are about the same (52°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Tue) so you can go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

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. Start off your visit on the 17th (Wed): hike along Piedra River Trail, then delve into the distant past at Chimney Rock National Monument, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For photos and tourist information, read Pagosa Springs travel itinerary planner .

Drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. While traveling from Ouray, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Trails Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Chimney Rock National Monument ©
Chimney Rock National Monument

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.
On the 18th (Thu), delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park online day 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. While traveling from Pagosa Springs, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 90°F to lows of 56°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums
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Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum

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