8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  4​h 15​min
1
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): hike along Rio Grande Trail.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Aspen holiday planner.

Los Angeles to Aspen is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Los Angeles in July since evenings lows in Aspen dip to 49°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

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. Do some cultural sightseeing at Museum of the Mountain West and Ouray Alchemist Museum. Step off the beaten path and head to Yankee Boy Basin and Perimeter Trail. The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, hike along Bear Creek Falls, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Ouray travel planning tool .

You can drive from Aspen to Ouray in 4.5 hours. Another option is to 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 your sightseeing early on the 5th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Bear Creek Falls, Museum of the Mountain West
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Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin

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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sat): learn more about the world around you at The Anasazi Heritage Center, then admire the masterpieces at Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park online route planner .

You can drive from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Ouray in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 90°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

The Anasazi Heritage Center, Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Long House ©
Long House

1
night
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
On the 8th (Sun), explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods and then look for all kinds of wild species at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center.

For other places to visit, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In July, plan for daily highs up to 86°F, and evening lows to 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife
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North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

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