8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Charlotte
+2
Fly + foot + bus:  7​h 15​min
1
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Estes Park
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Charlotte

3
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. Museum of the Mountain West and Ouray County Museum will appeal to museum buffs. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Cascade Falls Park and Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall. Step out of Ouray to go to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park and see Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, which is approximately 1h 30 min away. And it doesn't end there: trek along Perimeter Trail, explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin, identify plant and animal life at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, and take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls.

For traveler tips, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Ouray journey planner .

Charlotte to Ouray is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. 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 Charlotte to Ouray. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Charlotte in October, with highs in Ouray at 56°F and lows at 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Bear Creek Falls, Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Museum of the Mountain West
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Dennis Weaver Memorial Park ©
Dennis Weaver Memorial Park
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
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. Start off your visit on the 12th (Sat): take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa, contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls.

To see ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Pagosa Springs trip planning website .

Drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Ouray in October, you will find days in Pagosa Springs are a bit warmer (62°F), and nights are about the same (33°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Sat) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Nature Parks Outdoors
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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 13th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and finally contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace.

To find maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park day trip planning website .

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 October, plan for a bit warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 69°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sun) early enough to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

1
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Mon): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then get interesting insight from Tours, and then stroll through Estes Park Visitor Center.

Discover how to plan a Estes Park trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive. October in Estes Park sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Photography Tours
Estes Park Visitor Center ©
Estes Park Visitor Center

1
night
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 15th (Tue), learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation and then explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. In October in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Museums
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

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