8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  9​h 45​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Ouray
— 2 nights
+2
bus + foot + Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: San Francisco

1
night
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 7th (Tue): get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

To see traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs travel route app .

San Francisco to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of train and flight. You can also do a combination of subway and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Francisco to Colorado Springs. When traveling from San Francisco in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Colorado Springs, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Horseback Riding Tours
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls

3
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kick off your visit on the 9th (Thu): admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then cruise along Trail Ridge Road, then look for all kinds of wild species at Sheep Lakes, and finally take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Deer Mountain. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Flattop Mountain Trail, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Longs Peak, and then take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock.

To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park online travel route planner .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Colorado Springs in August, expect nights in Rocky Mountain National Park to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 89°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Chapel on the Rock ©
Chapel on the Rock

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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and then cruise along Ruins Road.

To see more things to do, photos, and tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park road trip planning app .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 10 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, flight, shuttle, and taxi; or do a combination of car, bus, flight, and taxi. August in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Scenic Drive Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

2
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. Start off your visit on the 13th (Mon): see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour and then take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin. Keep things going the next day: hike along Baby Bath Tubs Trail, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, and finally trek along Bear Creek National Recreation Trail.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Ouray trip app .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 49°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Trails Parks

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Baby Bath Tubs Trail ©
Baby Bath Tubs Trail

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