9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Sacramento
Fly + taxi:  7​h
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
4
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
5
Vail
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Sacramento

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 28th (Fri), delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

For where to stay, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip app .

Sacramento 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 changes from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from Sacramento in June, with lows around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Trails Outdoors
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Long House ©
Long House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

1
night
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 30th (Sun), fly down the slopes at Purgatory Resort, see the interesting displays at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, and then cruise along Million Dollar Highway.

To find reviews, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Durango travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in June, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Million Dollar Highway
Highlights from your plan
Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort

1
night
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 1st (Mon): indulge in some personalized pampering at The Springs Resort & Spa, let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, then identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and finally take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls.

To see maps, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs attractions planner .

Getting from Durango to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. While traveling from Durango, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Tours
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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 2nd (Tue): make a trip to Idarado Mine, stroll through Yankee Boy Basin, then browse the exhibits of Ouray County Museum, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, and finally trek along Perimeter Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed): walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, trek along Cascade Falls Park, steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine, then see a world frozen in time at Animas Forks, and finally get engrossed in the history at Ridgway Visitors Center and Railroad Museum.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Ouray driving holiday planning tool .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Ouray takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in July, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Ouray: temperatures range from 74°F by day to 52°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Wed) so you can go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Bear Creek Falls, Idarado Mine, Ridgway Visitors Center and Railroad Museum
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Ouray County Museum ©
Ouray County Museum
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

1
night
Vail

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): fly down the slopes at Beaver Creek Ski Area, then get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To see ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Vail trip itinerary maker site .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Vail takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. When traveling from Ouray in July, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Vail: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 49°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Tours Winter Sports

Side Trip

Beaver Creek Ski Area
Highlights from your plan
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Horseback Riding Tours

2
nights
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 5th (Fri): trek along Emerald Lake Trail, then see the interesting displays at Red Rose Rock Shop & Dick's Rock Museum, then get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls, take in the dramatic natural features at Alluvial Fan, then wander the streets of Downtown Estes Park, and finally look for gifts at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

To find ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Estes Park trip planner.

Drive from Vail to Estes Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Vail in July, plan for much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Estes Park: temperatures range from 91°F by day to 59°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

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

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