9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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

2
nights
Aspen

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Snowmass Village Hiking Trails, stop by Snowmass Sports, then examine the collection at Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center, and finally look for gifts at Gene Taylor Sports.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen journey maker .

Washington DC to Aspen is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to Aspen. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Washington DC in July: highs in Aspen hover around 81°F, while lows dip to 49°F. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Mon) before leaving for Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Shopping

Side Trips

Snowmass Village, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
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Gene Taylor Sports ©
Gene Taylor Sports
Snowmass Ice Age Discovery Center ©
Snowmass Sports ©
Snowmass Sports

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 6th (Mon): trek along Baby Bath Tubs Trail.

To see other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Ouray trip builder site .

You can drive from Aspen to Ouray in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Aspen in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Ouray, with highs around 74°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Baby Bath Tubs Trail ©
Baby Bath Tubs Trail
Uncompahgre Gorge ©
Uncompahgre Gorge

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. On the 8th (Wed), tee off at Pagosa Springs Golf Club, then look for gifts at Made in Colorado Shoppe, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: get a taste of the local shopping with Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery, view the masterpieces at Lantern Dancer, then look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and finally contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk.

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Traveling by car from Ouray to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Ouray in July, you will find days in Pagosa Springs are somewhat warmer (81°F), and nights are about the same (51°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Golf
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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 10th (Fri), take a memorable drive along Ruins Road, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary maker .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in July, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 90°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 10th (Fri) early enough to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive
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Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

1
night
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 11th (Sat): look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then take in the dramatic scenery at Alberta Falls, and finally explore the activities along Sprague Lake. On the next day, get a dose of the wild on a nature and wildlife tour.

To see maps and tourist information, read Estes Park online trip itinerary builder .

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 July, plan for daily highs up to 91°F, and evening lows to 59°F. On the 12th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Alberta Falls ©
Alberta Falls

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