7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Estes Park
— 2 nights
2
Aspen
— 1 night
3
Ouray
— 1 night
4
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night

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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.
Shop till you drop at Mountain Blown Glass and Images of Rocky Mountain National Park. Change things up with these side-trips from Estes Park: Fort Collins (New Belgium Brewing Company & Odell Brewing Company) and Benson Park Sculpture Garden (in Loveland). There's much more to do: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, stop by Downtown Estes Park, and get all the information you need at Estes Park Visitor Center.

To see other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Estes Park itinerary maker tool.

Austin to Estes Park is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Austin to Estes Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Austin, expect slightly colder days and colder nights in Estes Park, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Estes Park

Neighborhoods Breweries & Distilleries Shopping

Side Trips

Fort Collins, Benson Park Sculpture Garden
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Mountain Blown Glass ©
Mountain Blown Glass
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park
Spas

1
night
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 27th (Fri): pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Maroon Lake Scenic Trail.

Plan trip to Aspen with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Aspen takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Estes Park in September, things will get a bit cooler in Aspen: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Fri) to allow time for the car ride to Ouray.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Trails Outdoors
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The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

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. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, thentrek along Perimeter Trail, thenadmire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, and finally stroll around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park.

To see more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Ouray trip builder.

Getting from Aspen to Ouray by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. While traveling from Aspen, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Ouray, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trips

Bear Creek Falls, Spas
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Box Canyon Waterfall & Park ©
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park
Spas
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

1
night
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 29th (Sun): take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls, thenget all the equipment you need at Gear Rentals, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs road trip app.

Traveling by car from Ouray to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Adventure Outdoors Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing
Spas

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.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, thenexplore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Mesa Verde National Park trip simple and quick.

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 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 September, plan for a bit warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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