8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Chicago
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  6​h 15​min
1
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Chicago

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 2nd (Thu), trek along Cascade Falls Park.

For other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Ouray trip planning app .

Chicago to Ouray is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Ouray due to the time zone difference. In August, Ouray is little chillier than Chicago - with highs of 70°F and lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Trails Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

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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 4th (Sat): shop like a local with Two Old Crows, then take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls, then stop by Lantern Dancer, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa.

For where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in August, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs: temperatures range from 77°F by day to 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Museums
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The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
Two Old Crows ©
Two Old Crows

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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 5th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park road trip planner .

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: 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 86°F to lows of 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, identify plant and animal life at Wildlife Areas, and then hike along Emerald Lake Trail. Keep things going the next day: stop by Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan, and then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Estes Park trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. August in Estes Park sees daily highs of 89°F and lows of 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
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Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan

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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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): trek along Manitou Springs Incline and then admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls. On the next day, explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon, identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods, and then find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs day trip planning tool .

Getting from Estes Park to Colorado Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. When traveling from Estes Park in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Colorado Springs, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Manitou Springs Incline, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
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Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls

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