8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
2
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
4
Durango
— 1 night
5
Ouray
— 2 nights

1
night
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 7th (Fri), contemplate the long history of Tread of Pioneers Museum and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Yampa River Core Trail. On the 8th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly down the slopes at Steamboat Gondola, get the adrenaline pumping with an extreme tour, and then admire the natural beauty at Yampa River Botanic Park.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs trip app.

Chicago to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, taxi, and bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Chicago in August, Steamboat Springs is cooler at night with lows of °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 8th (Sat) so you can travel to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Core Trail ©
Yampa River Core Trail
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum

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. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): hike along San Juan River Walk, thenlook for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. On your second day here, explore the ancient world of Chimney Rock National Monument, thenget interesting insight from Tours, and then trek along Piedra River Trail.

To find traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs tour itinerary tool.

Do a combination of flight and car from Steamboat Springs to Pagosa Springs in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and shuttle. In August, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Outdoors Parks Tours
Highlights from your plan
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife 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.
Start off your visit on the 11th (Tue): trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, and then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park holiday maker.

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Pagosa Springs in August: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Tue) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

1
night
Durango

Durango ©
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): tour the pleasant surroundings at Animas River Trail, thenfly down the slopes at Purgatory Resort, and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see photos, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Durango route planner.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. August in Durango sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort
Horseback Riding Tours

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. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Falls Park, examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, thenadmire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, and finally trek along Perimeter Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Ouray County Museum and then take an in-depth tour of Ute Indian Museum.

To see traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Ouray travel itinerary planner.

Drive from Durango to Ouray in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Durango in August, you will find days in Ouray are a bit cooler (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Museums Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Bear Creek Falls, Ute Indian Museum
Highlights from your plan
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Ute Indian Museum ©
Ute Indian Museum

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