8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Green Bay
+2
bus + taxi + Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Estes Park
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Ouray
— 4 nights
+3
Drive + Fly + taxi + bus:  7​h 30​min
End: Green Bay

1
night
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.
On the 10th (Mon), stop by Brownfield's and then look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures.

For ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Estes Park sightseeing planner .

Green Bay to Estes Park is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Green Bay to Estes Park is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Green Bay, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Estes Park, ranging from highs of 87°F to lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Shopping Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures ©
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Purple Mountain Taffy Company ©
Purple Mountain Taffy Company

1
day
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 12th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then trek along Petroglyph Point Hike.

You can plan Mesa Verde National Park trip in no time by asking Inspirock to help create your itinerary.

Traveling by combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Estes Park in June, Mesa Verde National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

1
night
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 13th (Thu): take in the exciting artwork at Two Old Crows, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedra River Trail, then take in the exciting artwork at Lantern Dancer, and finally soothe aching muscles at The Springs Resort & Spa.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs trip planner .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 44°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
Two Old Crows ©
Two Old Crows

4
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. Get some cultural insight at Ouray County Museum and Ouray Alchemist Museum. Get in touch with nature at Horseback Riding Tours and Cascade Falls Park. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ouray: Museum of the Mountain West (in Montrose) and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park (in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park). There's lots more to do: hike along Perimeter Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, stroll through Bear Creek Falls, and take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin.

For ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ouray vacation app .

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Ouray by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. While traveling from Pagosa Springs, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Bear Creek Falls, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Museum of the Mountain West
Highlights from your plan
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

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