9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Estes Park
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
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Ouray
— 3 nights

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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.
To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Estes Park travel app.

New York City to Estes Park is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 39°F in Estes Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

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Photography Tour
Photography Tours
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Gift & Specialty Shop
Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures
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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.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, then see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, and finally explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House. On your second day here, learn more about the world around you at The Anasazi Heritage Center, see the interesting displays at Rio Grande Southern Railroad Museum., and then hike along Petroglyph Point Hike.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

Getting from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Estes Park in October, plan for a bit cooler nights in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows around 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Museums · Outdoors · Parks

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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. Start off your visit on the 16th (Tue): view the masterpieces at Two Old Crows, look for gifts at Lantern Dancer, then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls, and finally take in the natural beauty of Bath House (Hot Springs) @ The Springs Resort & Spa. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at San Juan River Walk, then hike along Piedra River Trail, then look for gifts at Made in Colorado Shoppe, and finally view the masterpieces at Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs tour 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. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Trails
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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. Kick 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 explore the stunning scenery at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Keep things going the next day: walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park and then take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin.

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Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Ouray takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in October, plan for a bit cooler days in Ouray, with highs around 56°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 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 · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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Yankee Boy Basin
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Hiking Trail
Perimeter Trail
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