8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale
Fly + shuttle:  9​h 45​min
1
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Vail
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + foot + Fly:  9​h 15​min
End: Fort Lauderdale

1
night
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 5th (Mon): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls, then look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and finally take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa.

To see other places to visit, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs online road trip planner .

Fort Lauderdale to Pagosa Springs is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Pagosa Springs. Traveling from Fort Lauderdale in August, expect nights in Pagosa Springs to be much colder, around 49°F, while days are little chillier, around 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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 6th (Tue), delve into the distant past at Long House, hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 86°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

1
night
Durango

Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Wed): fly down the slopes at Purgatory Resort, trot along with a tour on horseback, and then trek along Animas River Trail.

For other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Durango online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. August in Durango sees daily highs of 82°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort

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. On the 8th (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin, then contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Ouray County Museum, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ouray attractions planner .

Getting from Durango to Ouray by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Durango in August: highs in Ouray hover around 70°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park ©
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

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.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Fri): explore the different monuments and memorials at Ute Cemetery, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail, and finally hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen route planner.

You can drive from Ouray to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Ouray in August, expect nights in Aspen to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 77°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Vail.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Ute Cemetery ©
Ute Cemetery

2
nights
Vail

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.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Sat): cruise along Boreas Pass Road, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then stroll through Booth Falls Trail.

For ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Vail tour planner.

You can drive from Aspen to Vail in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Aspen in August, you will find days in Vail are a bit cooler (62°F), and nights are about the same (46°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Tours Adventure

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Boreas Pass Road
Highlights from your plan
Boreas Pass Road ©
Boreas Pass Road
River Rafting & Tubing

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