8 days in Northeast Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Northeast Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northeast Colorado travel route planner

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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Durango
— 2 nights
Drive
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Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 night
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 15th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Long House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To see photos, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary builder site.

Fort Lauderdale to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Fort Lauderdale in May: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 38°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Sun) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites

Durango

— 2 nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Mon): trek along Animas River Trail, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 18th (Tue): get outside with Outdoor Activities, take in the exciting artwork at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and then get outside with Outdoor Activities.

To find where to stay and tourist information, you can read our Durango trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango takes 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Parks

Ouray

— 2 nights
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 19th (Wed): explore the stunning scenery at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. On your second day here, steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine, appreciate the extensive heritage of Ouray County Museum, then walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and finally see Off-Road Tours.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Ouray holiday builder app.

You can drive from Durango to Ouray in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and taxi; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Durango in May, you will find days in Ouray are a bit cooler (55°F), and nights are about the same (36°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Nature · Historic Sites · Tours

Side Trip

Pagosa Springs

— 2 nights
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 21st (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Bath House (Hot Springs) @ The Springs Resort & Spa, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls.

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You can drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Pagosa Springs, with highs around 63°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 35°F. You'll have a few hours on the 22nd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Nature · Spas · Tours