8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado attractions planner

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Ouray
— 2 nights
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Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
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Ouray

— 2 nights
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Do some cultural sightseeing at Ouray Alchemist Museum and Yankee Girl Mine. Explore hidden gems such as Bear Creek Falls and Off-Road Tours. There's still lots to do: get to know the fascinating history of Ouray County Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Falls Park, admire the majestic nature at Ridgway State Park, and hike along Perimeter Trail.

To find more things to do, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read our Ouray driving holiday planner.

New York City to Ouray is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in June, things will get a bit cooler in Ouray: highs are around 72°F and lows about 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Trails

Side Trips

Pagosa Springs

— 2 nights
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 1st (Thu): head outdoors with Outdoor Activities, explore the ancient world of Chimney Rock National Monument, then tour the pleasant surroundings at San Juan River Walk, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour. Keep things going the next day: explore by horseback at Diamond Hitch Stables, then trek along Piedra River Trail, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Pagosa Springs trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Ouray to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. When traveling from Ouray in June, plan for somewhat warmer days in Pagosa Springs, with highs around 80°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Mesa Verde National Park

— 2 nights
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 3rd (Sat): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, don't miss a visit to Park Point, then see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, and finally explore the striking landscape at Square Tower House. On the next day, cruise along Ruins Road, steep yourself in history at Petroglyph Point Hike, and then make a trip to Far View Sites.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park online holiday planner.

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. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in July, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are a bit warmer (90°F), and nights are about the same (56°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to fly to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive

Steamboat Springs

— 1 night

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): stroll through Yampa River Core Trail and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities.

To find other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, refer to the Steamboat Springs road trip app.

Traveling by flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Steamboat Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July, expect Steamboat Springs to be little chillier, temps between 82°F and 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Mon) to allow time to fly back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.