8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Kansas City
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 30​min
1
Pagosa Springs
— Few hours
Drive:  3​h
2
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Breckenridge
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Kansas City

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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. For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs day trip planning app .

Kansas City to Pagosa Springs is an approximately 7.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Kansas City to Pagosa Springs is minus 1 hour. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Kansas City in July: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Spas
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The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. On the 21st (Sun), trek along Bear Creek Falls, then admire the sheer force of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and finally trek along Yankee Boy Basin. Keep things going the next day: trot along with a tour on horseback, then trek along Cascade Falls Park, and then stroll through Perimeter Trail.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read Ouray road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Ouray in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in July, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 52°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail, then trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Aspen trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Ouray to Aspen by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. When traveling from Ouray in July, plan for somewhat warmer days in Aspen, with highs around 81°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can go by car to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
River Rafting & Tubing

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Breckenridge

Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
On the 24th (Wed), take an in-depth tour of Breckenridge Welcome Center, then test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, then take in the awesome beauty at Epic Discovery at Breck, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Breckenridge attractions planner.

You can drive from Aspen to Breckenridge in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Aspen in July: highs in Breckenridge hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Tours Adventure Parks

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
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River Rafting & Tubing
Room Escape Games
Breckenridge Welcome Center ©
Breckenridge Welcome Center

1
night
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Thu): cruise along Old Fall River Road, explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan, then admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 3 hours. Traveling from Breckenridge in July, expect nights in Rocky Mountain National Park to be a bit warmer, around 59°F, while days are much hotter, around 91°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Old Fall River Road ©
Old Fall River Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan

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Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
On the 26th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls, explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon, and then see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): tour the pleasant surroundings at Manitou Springs Incline, get your game on at Arcade Amusements, Inc, and then get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in July, expect nights in Colorado Springs to be about the same, around 58°F, while days are little chillier, around 86°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole - Santa's Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls
Arcade Amusements, Inc ©
Arcade Amusements, Inc
Climbing Tours

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