9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Cleveland
Fly:  7​h
1
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Palisade
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Cleveland

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 19th (Fri), take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Many Parks Curve Overlook. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Emerald Lake Trail, take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then view the masterpieces at Bear Necessities & Cubs, and finally take a stroll through Downtown Estes Park.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Estes Park trip builder .

Cleveland to Estes Park is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Cleveland in July, expect nights in Estes Park to be little chillier, around 59°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 91°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can travel to Palisade.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Neighborhoods Nature

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail

1
day
Palisade

Palisade ©
Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies, do a tasting at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room, learn about winemaking at Hermosa Vineyards, then do a tasting at Grande River Vineyards & Winery, and finally do a tasting at Talon Winery.

To find more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Palisade day trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Palisade takes 5 hours. In July, daytime highs in Palisade are 93°F, while nighttime lows are 64°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Sun) early enough to travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Palisade

Wineries
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Meadery of the Rockies ©
Meadery of the Rockies
Hermosa Vineyards ©
Hermosa Vineyards
Talon Winery ©
Talon Winery

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 22nd (Mon), browse the exhibits of Ouray County Museum, examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park. On the next day, hike along Perimeter Trail, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Falls Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, and finally discover the riches below the earth's surface at Yankee Girl Mine.

To see maps, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Ouray trip website .

Drive from Palisade to Ouray in 2 hours. Traveling from Palisade in July, expect Ouray to be slightly colder, temps between 74°F and 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Ouray County Museum ©
Ouray County Museum
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

2
nights
Durango

Durango ©
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
On the 24th (Wed), see the interesting displays at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, and then hop aboard Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: shop like a local with Scenic Aperture Gallery, admire the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, then stroll through Animas River Trail, and finally trot along with a tour on horseback.

For more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Durango trip itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Durango takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. While traveling from Ouray, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Durango, ranging from highs of 86°F to lows of 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Tours Parks
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Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail
Horseback Riding Tours
River Rafting & Tubing

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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, and finally explore the ancient world of Long House.

For reviews, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in July, and nighttime lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

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