9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
+3
Bus + Fly + Foot + Bus:  8​h 15​min
1
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Estes Park
— 1 day
Drive:  3​h 15​min
6
Leadville
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Foot:  10​h
End: New York City

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. Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the Ouray travel planner.

New York City to Ouray is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Ouray due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in August, expect nights in Ouray to be colder, around 49°F, while days are little chillier, around 70°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum
Ouray County Museum ©
Ouray County Museum
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin

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. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Two Old Crows, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls, and finally shop like a local with Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery.

To find traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs tour planner .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Ouray in August, you will find days in Pagosa Springs are somewhat warmer (77°F), and nights are about the same (49°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Nature Parks Museums
Highlights from your plan
Two Old Crows ©
Two Old Crows
Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery ©

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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Sun): admire the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, stop by Animas Chocolate Company, explore the galleries of Toh-Atin Gallery, then hike along Animas River Trail, and finally stop by Honeyville.

For more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Durango trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 82°F in August, and nighttime lows around 51°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Shopping Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery
Earthen Vessel Gallery ©
Earthen Vessel Gallery
Honeyville ©
Honeyville

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 6th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, take an in-depth tour of The Anasazi Heritage Center, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and finally steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

To see ratings, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

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. August in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 86°F and lows of 53°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Long House ©
Long House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

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day
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 8th (Wed), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, look for gifts at The Old Fashion Candy Store, take in the exciting artwork at Mountain Blown Glass, then look for gifts at Laura's Fine Candy, then view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and finally stop by Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures.

To see ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Estes Park trip app .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In August, plan for daily highs up to 89°F, and evening lows to 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 8th (Wed) so you can drive to Leadville.

Things to do in Estes Park

Shopping Museums
Highlights from your plan
Mountain Blown Glass ©
Mountain Blown Glass
Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures ©

2
nights
Leadville

Leadville is the statutory city that is the county seat and only incorporated municipality in Lake County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): stop by Rock Hut, then get engrossed in the history at Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad, and then take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To see maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Leadville online attractions planner .

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Leadville takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Estes Park, expect much colder days and a bit cooler nights in Leadville, ranging from highs of 68°F to lows of 38°F. You will have some time to spend on the 10th (Fri) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Leadville

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Rock Hut ©
Rock Hut

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