8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Ouray
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Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Estes Park
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs
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Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): stroll through Cascade Falls Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Ouray journey maker website.

Chicago to Ouray is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. In August, Ouray is slightly colder 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

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Side Trip

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Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum

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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. On the 4th (Sat), take in the exciting artwork at Two Old Crows, then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls, then take in the exciting artwork at Lantern Dancer, and finally take in the natural beauty of Bath House (Hot Springs) @ The Springs Resort & Spa.

To find reviews, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Nature · Museums · Shopping
Highlights from your plan
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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

To find ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planner.

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, bus, and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Pagosa Springs in August: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 86°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
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.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and then stroll through Emerald Lake Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan, and then cruise along Trail Ridge Road.

For reviews, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Estes Park journey planner.

Fly from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In August in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 89°F during the day and 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 · Wildlife

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park
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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): explore the activities along Manitou Springs Incline and then take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon Open Space, stroll around Garden of the Gods, and then get in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop.

To see where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs online route planner.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or fly. Traveling from Estes Park in August, you will find days in Colorado Springs are slightly colder (83°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls
North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop ©
North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop

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