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 night
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
— Few hours
taxi + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Cleveland

1
night
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), get interesting insight from Tours. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Red Rose Rock Shop & Dick's Rock Museum, look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, get a taste of the local shopping with Mountain Blown Glass, then take in the exciting artwork at Bear Necessities & Cubs, then view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and finally learn about winemaking at Snowy Peaks Winery.

For maps, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Estes Park trip itinerary planner.

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 when traveling from Cleveland to Estes Park is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Cleveland in July, expect nights in Estes Park to be little chillier, around 59°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 91°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Palisade.

Things to do in Estes Park

Museums Outdoors Wildlife
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Nature & Wildlife Tours
Red Rose Rock Shop & Dick's Rock Museum ©

1
night
Palisade

Palisade ©
Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): learn more about the world around you at Museum of Western Colorado: Dinosaur Journey, then do a tasting at Hermosa Vineyards, then learn about winemaking at Mesa Park Vineyards, and finally do a tasting at Talon Winery.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Palisade trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Estes Park to Palisade in 5 hours. In July, plan for daily highs up to 93°F, and evening lows to 64°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Palisade

Wineries Museums Childrens Museums

Side Trip

Museum of Western Colorado: Dinosaur Journey
Highlights from your plan
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. Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Mon): see the sights as you ascend with a climbing tour, contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin. On the 23rd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Baby Bath Tubs Trail, then take in the dramatic scenery at Uncompahgre Gorge, then admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, and finally hike along Bear Creek National Recreation Trail.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Ouray trip itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Palisade to Ouray in 2 hours. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Palisade in July; daily highs in Ouray reach 74°F and lows reach 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Baby Bath Tubs Trail ©
Baby Bath Tubs Trail

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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Wed): take an in-depth tour of Animas Museum, then grab your bike and head to The Colorado Trail, then explore the world behind art at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and finally see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: pause for some serene contemplation at St. Columba Catholic Church, explore the ancient world of Aztec Ruins National Monument, and then take a memorable drive along Million Dollar Highway.

To find other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, read Durango holiday maker app .

You can drive from Ouray to Durango in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in July: highs in Durango hover around 86°F, while lows dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks

Side Trips

Million Dollar Highway, Aztec Ruins National Monument
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Aztec Ruins National Monument ©
Aztec Ruins National Monument
The Colorado Trail ©
The Colorado Trail
Animas Museum ©
Animas Museum

few
hours
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 26th (Fri), make a trip to Park Point, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park journey planning site .

Traveling by car from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can 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. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

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