9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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

1
night
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 (Sat), tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Creek Falls and then trek along Perimeter Trail. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum.

To see maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Ouray planner .

Dallas to Ouray is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dallas to Ouray. Prepare for much colder weather when traveling from Dallas in September: high temperatures in Ouray hover around 66°F and lows are around 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls

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 24th (Mon): stop by Lantern Dancer, tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedra River Trail, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Pagosa Springs online day trip planner .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in September, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Spas Nature
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

3
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.
Long House and The Anasazi Heritage Center are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Visiting Hovenweep National Monument and Petroglyph Point Hike will get you outdoors. There's more to do: delve into the distant past at Balcony House and contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace.

To plan Mesa Verde National Park vacation without wasting time, ask Inspirock to design an itinerary.

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in September, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be about the same, around 45°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 80°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Hovenweep National Monument, The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Long House ©
Long House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

1
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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 28th (Fri): stop by Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Estes Park trip simple and quick.

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In September, daytime highs in Estes Park are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours
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Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures ©
Photography Tours

2
nights
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.
On the 29th (Sat), take a memorable tour with Tours and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Crater Lake Trail and then explore the landscape on two wheels at Rio Grande Trail.

Start your trip to Aspen by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Estes Park to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of car, train, and bus. Traveling from Estes Park in September, expect Aspen to be a bit cooler, temps between 72°F and 41°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Crater Lake Trail ©
Crater Lake Trail
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

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