9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Honolulu, Oahu
Fly:  10​h 30​min
1
Aspen
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 15​min
2
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Estes Park
— 1 day
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: Honolulu, Oahu

1
day
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then stop by The Emporium And Flying Circus.

To see ratings, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, read Aspen trip itinerary builder tool .

Honolulu to Aspen is an approximately 10.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of flight, bus, and car. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 3 hours traveling from Honolulu to Aspen. Traveling from Honolulu in September, you will find days in Aspen are little chillier (72°F), and nights are colder (41°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
The Emporium And Flying Circus ©
The Emporium And Flying Circus

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. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): explore and take pictures at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, tour the pleasant surroundings at Perimeter Trail, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Falls Park.

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You can drive from Aspen to Ouray in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Aspen in September, plan for little chillier days in Ouray, with highs around 66°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

2
nights
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. On the 25th (Tue), stop by Two Old Crows, take in the exciting artwork at Lantern Dancer, then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk, hike along Piedra River Trail, then stop by Made in Colorado Shoppe, and finally view the masterpieces at Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read Pagosa Springs day trip app .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Ouray in September, expect nights in Pagosa Springs to be about the same, around 44°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 72°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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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 27th (Thu): admire the masterpieces at Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, learn more about the world around you at The Anasazi Heritage Center, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 28th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. While traveling from Pagosa Springs, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 45°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, The Anasazi Heritage Center
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The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Long House ©
Long House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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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.
Start off your visit on the 29th (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, then view the masterpieces at Mountain Blown Glass, and finally look for gifts at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

To find other places to visit, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Estes Park road trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. September in Estes Park sees daily highs of 81°F and lows of 50°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Shopping Museums
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Mountain Blown Glass ©
Mountain Blown Glass
Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures ©

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