9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Aspen
— 1 night
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Grand Junction
— 1 night
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Ouray
— 2 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights

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Aspen

Aspen ©

Rocky Mountain High

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 9th (Tue): trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Aspen online route builder.

Cincinnati to Aspen is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, taxi, and car. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cincinnati to Aspen due to the time zone difference. In October, Aspen is a bit cooler than Cincinnati - with highs of 60°F and lows of 30°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature
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Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Crater Lake Trail ©
Crater Lake Trail
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. On the 11th (Thu), wander the streets of Downtown Grand Junction and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Grand Mesa.

To find more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read Grand Junction tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Aspen to Grand Junction takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Aspen in October, things will get a bit warmer in Grand Junction: highs are around 67°F and lows about 40°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks · Nature · Neighborhoods
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Grand Mesa ©
Grand Mesa
Downtown Grand Junction ©
Downtown Grand Junction

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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 12th (Fri), admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin. On your second day here, trek along Baby Bath Tubs Trail and then trek along Perimeter Trail.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Ouray trip builder tool.

You can drive from Grand Junction to Ouray in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Grand Junction in October, you will find days in Ouray are little chillier (56°F), and nights are about the same (37°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

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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 14th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: get a new perspective on nature at The Anasazi Heritage Center, then explore the world behind art at Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, and then hike along Petroglyph Point Hike.

To find ratings, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park attractions planner.

Drive from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Ouray in October, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 69°F by day to 34°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors · Parks

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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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. Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): stop by Two Old Crows, take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls, and then take in the natural beauty of Bath House (Hot Springs) @ The Springs Resort & Spa.

To see photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs online vacation builder.

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. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
Two Old Crows ©
Two Old Crows

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