8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Indianapolis
Fly + Taxi:  8​h
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Indianapolis

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.
On the 8th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

For ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary builder .

Indianapolis to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 8-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 Indianapolis to Mesa Verde National Park is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from Indianapolis in May, with lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sat) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Long House ©
Long House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

1
night
Durango

Durango ©
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
On the 10th (Sun), let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then take a memorable drive along Million Dollar Highway.

For where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Durango journey maker app .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In May, daily temperatures in Durango can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Scenic Drive Adventure

Side Trip

Million Dollar Highway
Highlights from your plan
Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway
River Rafting & Tubing

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 11th (Mon): tour the pleasant surroundings at Perimeter Trail, then admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, then contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine, and finally explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: immerse yourself in nature at Ridgway State Park, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then hike along Cascade Falls Park.

For photos, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Ouray travel planner.

Traveling by car from Durango to Ouray takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Durango in May, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 36°F, while days are little chillier, around 55°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Ridgway, Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

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night
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 13th (Wed): take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains.

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Getting from Ouray to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Ouray in May: highs in Glenwood Springs hover around 46°F, while lows dip to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Spas

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Thu): admire the natural beauty at Yampa River Botanic Park, get your bearings at Tread of Pioneers Museum, and then stroll through Yampa River Core Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

For more things to do, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs trip planner .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Steamboat Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in May, you will find days in Steamboat Springs are somewhat warmer (61°F), and nights are about the same (35°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park

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