8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Fort Lauderdale, Florida
Fly + Shuttle:  9​h 45​min
1
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
4
Vail
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  8​h
End: Fort Lauderdale, Florida

1
night
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 5th (Mon): pedal to the sights with Bike Tours, take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls, then identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa.

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Fort Lauderdale to Pagosa Springs is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Fort Lauderdale to Pagosa Springs. When traveling from Fort Lauderdale in August, plan for a bit cooler days in Pagosa Springs, with highs around 77°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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. Start off your visit on the 6th (Tue): hike along Perimeter Trail, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, then hike along Cascade Falls Park, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin.

To see reviews, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Ouray road trip planning site .

Drive from Pagosa Springs to Ouray in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in August, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 70°F by day to 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

1
night
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 7th (Wed), appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, tour the pleasant surroundings at Rio Grande Trail, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and finally trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

For more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip itinerary maker tool .

You can drive from Ouray to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and car. When traveling from Ouray in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Aspen, with highs around 77°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

1
night
Vail

Vail ©
Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Thu): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then fly down the slopes at Beaver Creek Ski Area.

For other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Vail attractions planning tool .

Drive from Aspen to Vail in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Aspen in August: highs in Vail hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Vail

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Beaver Creek Ski Area
Highlights from your plan
Beaver Creek Ski Area ©
Beaver Creek Ski Area

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Fri): explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, cruise along Trail Ridge Road, then explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan, then appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally hike along Emerald Lake Trail.

For where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip maker tool .

Getting from Vail to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 3.5 hours. Traveling from Vail in August, you will find days in Rocky Mountain National Park are much hotter (89°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (56°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Fri) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road

2
nights
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.
On the 10th (Sat), stroll around Garden of the Gods, explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon Open Space, then find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. Here are some ideas for day two: take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs road trip tool .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in August, plan for little chillier days in Colorado Springs, with highs around 83°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls

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