9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado travel route builder

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

— 1 night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): walk around Garden of the Gods and then step into the grandiose world of Glen Eyrie Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll around Red Rock Canyon Open Space, find something for the whole family at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center.

To see more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Colorado Springs trip planner.

Cincinnati to Colorado Springs is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and train. The time zone difference when traveling from Cincinnati to Colorado Springs is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Cincinnati in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Colorado Springs, with lows of 39°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Wildlife · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Estes Park

— 2 nights
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.
On the 22nd (Mon), get answers to all your questions at Estes Park Visitor Center, take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and then wander the streets of Downtown Estes Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue): trek along Emerald Lake Trail, then look for all kinds of wild species at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Estes Park trip builder website.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Estes Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. In October in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 69°F during the day and 39°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Tue) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours · Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 day
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 24th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then hike along Spruce Canyon Trail.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip planning site.

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. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from Estes Park in October, with lows around 34°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors · Parks

Pagosa Springs

— 1 night
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. On the 25th (Thu), witness a stunning natural landmark at Bath House (Hot Springs) @ The Springs Resort & Spa, hike along San Juan River Walk, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls.

For maps, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs online trip itinerary builder.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: 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. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Ouray

— 3 nights
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. On the 26th (Fri), take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, then 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. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 27th (Sat): stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park and then trek along Yankee Boy Basin.

For photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Ouray trip builder.

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Ouray takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in October, you will find days in Ouray are slightly colder (56°F), and nights are about the same (37°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.