8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Las Vegas
Fly:  4​h
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 30​min
2
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Las Vegas

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.
Attractions like Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center and North Pole - Santa's Workshop make great kid-friendly stops. Get outdoors at Manitou Springs Incline and Helen Hunt Falls. It doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center and take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary maker .

Las Vegas to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Las Vegas to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Las Vegas in July, expect nights in Colorado Springs to be much colder, around 58°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 86°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Manitou Springs Incline, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, North Pole - Santa's Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline

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 21st (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, then appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Aspen online holiday planner .

You can fly from Colorado Springs to Aspen in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Colorado Springs in July, expect Aspen to be a bit cooler, temps between 81°F and 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sat) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

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

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. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then hike along Yankee Boy Basin. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through Cascade Falls Park, then hike along Perimeter Trail, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Creek Falls.

To find other places to visit, reviews, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Ouray online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Aspen to Ouray takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Aspen in July, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 52°F, while days are slightly colder, around 74°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Mon) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

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. On the 24th (Tue), soothe aching muscles at The Springs Resort & Spa, then contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls.

To find reviews, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in July, plan for a bit warmer days in Pagosa Springs, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 51°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk

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 25th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park online road trip planner .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in July, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 90°F by day to 56°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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