9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8 h 15 min
1
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  4 h 45 min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Ouray
— 2 nights
+3
Bus + Foot + Fly + Bus:  8 h 15 min
End: New York City

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): stroll through Estes Park Visitor Center and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, view the masterpieces at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and then wander the streets of Downtown Estes Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read Estes Park trip planner.

New York City to Estes Park is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be little chillier in Estes Park, with lows of 39°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Wildlife Neighborhoods

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Photography Tours
Estes Park Visitor Center ©
Estes Park Visitor Center

1
night
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon, then identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods, and then trot along with a tour on horseback.

To find more things to do, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs tour planning tool .

You can drive from Estes Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. In October in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Horseback Riding Tours
Red Rock Canyon Open Space ©
Red Rock Canyon Open Space

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 24th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park online trip itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Colorado Springs in October, Mesa Verde National Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Wed) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

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 25th (Thu), trek along San Juan River Walk, hike along Piedra River Trail, and then take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at San Juan Historical Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs trip planner.

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 taxi, bus, and shuttle. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 62°F, while lows dip to 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Trails
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park

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. On the 27th (Sat), admire the sheer force of Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Ouray trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Ouray in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in October, you will find days in Ouray are little chillier (56°F), and nights are about the same (37°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Sun) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park ©
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park

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