9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Honolulu, Oahu
Fly + Taxi:  11​h 45​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  10​h 15​min
End: Honolulu, Oahu

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day
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 22nd (Sat): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park vacation planner.

Honolulu to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 12-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Honolulu to Mesa Verde National Park. When traveling from Honolulu in September, plan for a bit cooler days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 80°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum

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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 23rd (Sun): trek along Piedra River Trail, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls.

To see where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs road trip app .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, plan for slightly colder days in Pagosa Springs, with highs around 72°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail

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. Start off your visit on the 24th (Mon): admire all the interesting features of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Cascade Falls Park, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Perimeter Trail, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Creek Falls.

For more things to do, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Ouray trip itinerary planner .

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Ouray by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in September, expect nights in Ouray to be about the same, around 45°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 66°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

2
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.
On the 26th (Wed), take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Maroon Bells. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, then pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find maps and tourist information, refer to the Aspen day trip planning site .

You can drive from Ouray to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Traveling from Ouray in September, expect nights in Aspen to be about the same, around 41°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 72°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Canon City.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Maroon Bells ©
Maroon Bells
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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night
Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Fri): cruise along Skyline Drive and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find other places to visit, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Canon City trip builder website .

You can drive from Aspen to Canon City in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Aspen in September, with highs in Canon City at 83°F and lows at 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive

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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 29th (Sat), explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon and then look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods.

Plan my trip to Colorado Springs with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Canon City in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 51°F in Colorado Springs. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Red Rock Canyon Open Space ©
Red Rock Canyon Open Space

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