9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Del Rio
Fly + Drive:  8​h 45​min
1
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 45​min
2
Ouray
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Del Rio

2
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Chasm Falls, admire the sheer force of Calypso Cascades, then take in the dramatic scenery at Ouzel Falls, and finally contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock. On the 15th (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: stop by Rocky Mountain Gateway Gift Shop, then view the masterpieces at Patterson Glassworks Studio & Gallery, then hike along Deer Mountain Trail, and finally take in the awesome beauty at Deer Mountain.

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Del Rio to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Del Rio to Rocky Mountain National Park is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Del Rio in June, expect nights in Rocky Mountain National Park to be cooler, around 54°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 87°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Ouray.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Nature Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Estes Park
Highlights from your plan
Calypso Cascades ©
Calypso Cascades
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook
Ouzel  Falls ©
Ouzel Falls

3
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. Take a break from the city and head to Bear Creek Falls and Bear Creek National Recreation Trail. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Black Bear Pass and Yankee Girl Mine. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Ouray: Telluride (Alpine Chapel & Cornet Creek Falls). The adventure continues: enjoy some diversion at Ouray Ice Park, hike along Baby Bath Tubs Trail, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Idarado Mine, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Horsethief Trail.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Ouray holiday maker website .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Ouray takes 8 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or do a combination of car, bus, and flight. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in June: high temperatures in Ouray hover around 72°F and lows are around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Telluride, Idarado Mine
Highlights from your plan
Black Bear Pass ©
Black Bear Pass
Baby Bath Tubs Trail ©
Baby Bath Tubs Trail
Ouray Ice Park ©
Ouray Ice Park

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 20th (Sat), explore the ancient world of Long House, trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Square Tower House, and finally delve into the distant past at Far View Sites.

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You can drive from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Ouray in June, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be about the same, around 46°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 89°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Far View Sites ©
Far View Sites
Square Tower House ©
Square Tower House

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 21st (Sun), ride a horse along Diamond Hitch Stables, explore the activities along San Juan River Walk, and then take in the exciting artwork at Lantern Dancer. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon): admire the sheer force of Piedra Falls.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs road trip planning tool .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, you will find days in Pagosa Springs are slightly colder (80°F), and nights are about the same (44°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Diamond Hitch Stables ©
Diamond Hitch Stables
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
Piedra Falls ©
Piedra Falls

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