9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado travel planner

This plan was created by another user.  Make it your plan

Route & dates

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Fremont
Drive:  11​h
1
Ouray
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  8​h 45​min
End: Fremont

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 26th (Sun): steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine and then get out on two wheels at Ophir Pass Trail.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Ouray road trip site .

Fremont to Ouray is an approximately 13-hour car ride. You can also fly. The time zone difference when traveling from Fremont to Ouray is minus 1 hour. In May, Ouray is a bit cooler than Fremont - with highs of 55°F and lows of 36°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Outdoors Parks Trails

Side Trips

Sweety's Wildlife Preserve Art Zoo, Ophir Pass Trail
Highlights from your plan
Ophir Pass Trail ©
Ophir Pass Trail
Climbing Tours
Yankee Girl Mine ©
Yankee Girl Mine

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. Start off your visit on the 28th (Tue): fly down the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Lantern Dancer, get a taste of the local shopping with Fred Harman Art Museum, then see the interesting displays at San Juan Historical Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at San Juan River Walk.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs holiday maker site .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs: temperatures range from 63°F by day to 35°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
San Juan Historical Museum ©
San Juan Historical Museum

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 (Thu), stop by Earthen Vessel Gallery, then browse the exhibits of Toh-Atin Gallery, and then fly down the slopes at Purgatory Resort.

For maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Durango trip planner .

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Durango by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. In May, daytime highs in Durango are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Thu) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort
Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery
Earthen Vessel Gallery ©
Earthen Vessel Gallery

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 31st (Fri), delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip planning tool .

Drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Mesa Verde National Park can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods, see the interesting displays at Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, and then immerse yourself in nature at Mueller State Park. Keep things going the next day: trek along Palmer Park, examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, then contemplate the long history of Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site, and finally look for gifts at Garden of the Gods Trading Post.

For where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs tour itinerary tool .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Mueller State Park, Garden of the Gods Trading Post, Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center
Highlights from your plan
Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site ©
Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site
Mueller State Park ©
Mueller State Park

Similar Plans

11 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 10 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 10 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: April, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 10 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, shopping, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, shopping, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 13 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular & hidden gems PACE: Slow & easy 10 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: June, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 11 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM PUERTO RICO December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights PREFERENCES: December, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, historic sites, museums, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 10 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES December, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: December, outdoors, relaxing, historic sites, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium 12 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES May, popular sights PREFERENCES: May ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 13 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, popular sights PREFERENCES: April ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 11 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic, popular sights PREFERENCES: January, culture, outdoors, relaxing, romantic ATTRACTION STYLE: Popular sights PACE: Medium 10 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES October, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, wildlife, hidden gems PREFERENCES: October, teens, culture, outdoors, relaxing, wildlife ATTRACTION STYLE: Hidden gems PACE: Medium
View more plans