8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly + taxi:  7​h
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
2
Estes Park
— 3 nights
bus + Fly:  4​h 15​min
3
Aspen
— 3 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Dallas

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 13th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

For where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park itinerary planner .

Dallas to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to Mesa Verde National Park is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Dallas, expect little chillier days and cooler nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 90°F to lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

3
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.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery and Images of Rocky Mountain National Park. Escape the urban bustle at Trail Ridge Road and River Rafting & Tubing. When in Estes Park, make a side trip to see Benson Park Sculpture Garden in Loveland, approximately 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, hike along Emerald Lake Trail, and admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

To find where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Estes Park attractions planning website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 91°F in July, and nighttime lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, River Rafting & Tubing, Benson Park Sculpture Garden
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
River Rafting & Tubing
Photography Tours

3
nights
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.
Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Maroon Bells. There's still lots to do: make a trip to Independence Pass, trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail, and admire all the interesting features of The John Denver Sanctuary.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read our Aspen day trip planner .

Traveling by combination of bus and flight from Estes Park to Aspen takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Estes Park in July: high temperatures in Aspen hover around 81°F and lows are around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
River Rafting & Tubing
Independence Pass ©
Independence Pass

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