9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
4
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive + bus:  4​h 15​min
5
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h
End: Minneapolis

2
nights
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 29th (Sat): make a trip to Park Point and then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Far View Sites, examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To find reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip tool .

Minneapolis to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 7-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Minneapolis in June, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be little chillier, around 46°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 89°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Mon) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive
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Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

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. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Tue): take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa, trek along Piedra River Trail, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls.

For more things to do, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July, expect Pagosa Springs to be little chillier, temps between 81°F and 51°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
Treasure Falls ©
Treasure Falls

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 3rd (Wed), admire the sheer force of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yankee Boy Basin, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Perimeter Trail, trek along Cascade Falls Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, and finally steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read our Ouray trip planner.

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Ouray by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Pagosa Springs in July: highs in Ouray hover around 74°F, while lows dip to 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

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

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.
On the 5th (Fri), hike along Emerald Lake Trail, take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour. On the 6th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, view the masterpieces at Patterson Glassworks Studio & Gallery, then get a taste of the local shopping with Never Summer Mountain Products, and finally enjoy the sand and surf at The Beach at Grand Lake.

For ratings, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Estes Park holiday planner.

You can do a combination of car and flight from Ouray to Estes Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In July, Estes Park is a bit warmer than Ouray - with highs of 91°F and lows of 59°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Grand Lake, Emerald Lake Trail
Highlights from your plan
Patterson Glassworks Studio & Gallery ©
Photography Tours

1
night
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Steamboat Art Company, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yampa River Core Trail, and then hit the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park.

To find traveler tips, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs trip itinerary builder website .

You can do a combination of car and bus from Estes Park to Steamboat Springs in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Estes Park in July, things will get a bit cooler in Steamboat Springs: highs are around 82°F and lows about 49°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
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Steamboat Art Company ©
Steamboat Art Company

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