9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Cape Girardeau
Drive:  14​h
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
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​h 30​min
End: Cape Girardeau

1
night
Estes Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): get a taste of the local shopping with The Studio Fine Art and Framing, then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and then trek along Emerald Lake Trail. Keep things going the next day: stroll around Estes Park Visitor Center, then stop by Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then take a stroll through Downtown Estes Park, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

Before you visit Estes Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Cape Girardeau to Estes Park is an approximately 15-hour car ride. You can also fly. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Cape Girardeau to Estes Park due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Cape Girardeau in July, plan for slightly colder nights in Estes Park, with lows around 59°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Wildlife Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Emerald Lake Trail
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Spas

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 9th (Tue), explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 10th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Far View Sites, then hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

For reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park journey builder tool .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
Long House ©
Long House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

1
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. Kick off your visit on the 11th (Thu): witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa, then pedal to the sights with Bike Tours, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls.

To see traveler tips, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Pagosa Springs road trip planning tool .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July, things will get little chillier in Pagosa Springs: highs are around 81°F and lows about 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Nature Parks Adventure
Highlights from your plan
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
River Rafting & Tubing

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. On the 12th (Fri), hike along Perimeter Trail, then admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, then go deep underground at Yankee Girl Mine, and finally stroll through Yankee Boy Basin. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get to know the fascinating history of Ouray County Museum, trek along Cascade Falls Park, and then see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Ouray vacation maker site .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Ouray in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Ouray, with highs around 74°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Trails Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Ouray County Museum ©
Ouray County Museum
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum

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