9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Orlando, Florida
Fly + Drive:  9​h
1
Mosca
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  33​h
End: Orlando, Florida

1
night
Mosca

Mosca ©
Mosca is an unincorporated community and a U.S. For ratings, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Mosca online travel planner .

Orlando to Mosca is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Orlando in October, things will get much colder in Mosca: highs are around 65°F and lows about 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to travel to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mosca

Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
Great Sand Dunes National Park ©
Great Sand Dunes National Park

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. On the 3rd (Wed), hike along San Juan River Walk, then hike along Piedra River Trail, and then relax and rejuvenate at The Springs Resort & Spa.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs trip planner .

Getting from Mosca to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 2 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Pagosa Springs when traveling from Mosca in October, with lows around 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To find more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park attractions planning app .

Drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in October, plan for somewhat warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 69°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 34°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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 5th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, admire the sheer force of Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Cascade Falls Park, then hike along Perimeter Trail, and then hike along Bear Creek Falls.

For reviews, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read our Ouray online trip itinerary builder .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Ouray by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and car; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October: highs in Ouray hover around 56°F, while lows dip to 37°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

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 7th (Sun): grab your bike and head to Rio Grande Trail, then hike along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Aspen day trip planner .

Drive from Ouray to Aspen in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Expect little chillier evenings in Aspen when traveling from Ouray in October, with lows around 30°F. On the 8th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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