9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Estes Park
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Ouray
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
End: New York City

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

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New York City to Estes Park is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Estes Park is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Estes Park, with lows around 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Photography Tours
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures ©

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.
On the 14th (Sun), delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, then see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, and finally delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House. On your second day here, learn more about the world around you at The Anasazi Heritage Center, then see the interesting displays at Rio Grande Southern Railroad Museum., and then steep yourself in history at Petroglyph Point Hike.

For photos, maps, and other tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park journey planner.

You can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Traveling from Estes Park in October, Mesa Verde National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 34°F. 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 Museums Trails

Side Trip

Dolores
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Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

2
nights
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. On the 16th (Tue), shop like a local with Two Old Crows, view the masterpieces at Lantern Dancer, then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls, and finally take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tour the pleasant surroundings at San Juan River Walk, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedra River Trail, then stop by Made in Colorado Shoppe, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs online sightseeing planner .

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. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October, you will find days in Pagosa Springs are little chillier (62°F), and nights are about the same (33°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Trails
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Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Mountain West, and then take in breathtaking views at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the sheer force of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then stroll through Yankee Boy Basin.

For traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Ouray itinerary planner .

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Ouray by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in October, you will find days in Ouray are a bit cooler (56°F), and nights are about the same (37°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trips

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, Bear Creek Falls, Museum of the Mountain West
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Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

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