8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado travel route planner

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Make it your trip
Fly
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Telluride
— 1 night
Drive
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Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive
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Aspen
— 1 night
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Colorado Springs

— 1 night
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 9th (Fri), explore the venue of Glen Eyrie Castle and then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour. On the 10th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the resident critters at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, then walk around North Cheyenne Canon Park, and then enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour.

For maps, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Colorado Springs day trip site.

Springfield to Colorado Springs is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Springfield to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Springfield in July since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Sat) early enough to catch the flight to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Tours · Parks · Outdoors · Zoos & Aquariums

Pagosa Springs

— 2 nights
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 11th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Chimney Rock National Monument, then see Off-Road Tours, and then trek along Piedra River Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, tour the pleasant surroundings at Diamond Hitch Stables, then stroll through San Juan River Walk, and finally get all the equipment you need at Gear Rentals.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, read Pagosa Springs trip itinerary planner.

Fly from Colorado Springs to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Colorado Springs in July, things will get a bit cooler in Pagosa Springs: highs are around 81°F and lows about 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Telluride.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Telluride

— 1 night
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. state of Colorado. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Tue): get outside with Telluride Outside, then hike along Jud Wiebe Trail, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

To see maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Telluride trip itinerary planning app.

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Telluride in 3.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Pagosa Springs in July: highs in Telluride hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Tue) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Telluride

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Trails

Ouray

— 2 nights
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 14th (Wed): hike along Perimeter Trail, then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Bachelor Syracuse Mine Tour, then admire the majestic nature at Ridgway State Park, and finally contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine. Here are some ideas for day two: get to know the fascinating history of Ouray County Museum, hike along Cascade Falls Park, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To see where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Ouray trip planner.

Traveling by car from Telluride to Ouray takes 1.5 hours. In July, daily temperatures in Ouray can reach 74°F, while at night they dip to 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Thu) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Aspen

— 1 night

Rocky Mountain High

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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Fri): trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and then pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary.

To see photos, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Aspen trip itinerary maker app.

Getting from Ouray to Aspen by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Ouray, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 49°F. On the 16th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Trails · Outdoors

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.