8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Ouray
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
End: New York City

2
nights
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 15th (Sun): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Emerald Lake Trail, take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road, and then stop by Glen Haven General Store.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, read Estes Park trip planner .

New York City to Estes Park is an approximately 8.5-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 New York City to Estes Park is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Estes Park, with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Neighborhoods Shopping

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Wed): look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods, get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and then look for all kinds of wild species at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center.

Plan my day in Colorado Springs using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

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. While traveling from Estes Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 58°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Theme Parks

Side Trip

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

For photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park sightseeing site .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. July in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 56°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Thu) so you can go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
Balcony House ©
Balcony 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. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Two Old Crows, admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls, then view the masterpieces at Lantern Dancer, and finally take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa.

To find reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Pagosa Springs driving holiday app .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July, expect Pagosa Springs to be slightly colder, temps between 81°F and 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Museums
Highlights from your plan
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
Two Old Crows ©
Two Old Crows

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 21st (Sat): examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, admire the sheer force of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, then trek along Perimeter Trail, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls.

For more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Ouray online trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Ouray in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Pagosa Springs in July: highs in Ouray hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 52°F. On the 22nd (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

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