8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8​h 45​min
1
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Ouray
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
End: New York City

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 25th (Tue), admire all the interesting features of The John Denver Sanctuary.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Aspen trip planner .

New York City to Aspen is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Aspen, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in September, you will find days in Aspen are slightly colder (72°F), and nights are much colder (41°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

1
night
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park ©
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 27th (Thu): cruise along South Rim Road and then explore the stunning scenery at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park day trip planning site .

Drive from Aspen to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in 3.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Aspen in September, with highs in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park at 79°F and lows at 50°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Nature Parks Outdoors
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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 28th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park online attractions planner .

You can drive from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 4 hours. Expect slightly colder evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park in September, with lows around 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

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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. On the 29th (Sat), view the masterpieces at Two Old Crows, then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then indulge your taste buds at The Choke Cherry Tree, and finally admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls.

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Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, you will find days in Pagosa Springs are little chillier (72°F), and nights are about the same (44°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Nature Parks Shopping
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The Choke Cherry Tree ©
The Choke Cherry Tree
Two Old Crows ©
Two Old Crows

3
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. On the 30th (Sun), trek along Bear Creek Falls, 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 1st (Mon): see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Perimeter Trail, and then admire the sheer force of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read our Ouray online journey 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. On the 2nd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

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