8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado travel route planner

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

— 1 night
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): explore the striking landscape at Rocky Mountains and then take in the dramatic scenery at Rifle Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake, get outside with Outdoor Activities, and then take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs vacation tool.

Austin to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference when traveling from Austin to Glenwood Springs is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Austin in May, things will get much colder in Glenwood Springs: highs are around 46°F and lows about 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Palisade.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Palisade

— 2 nights
Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. On the 10th (Mon), engage your brain at Museum of Western Colorado: Dinosaur Journey, then do a tasting at Hermosa Vineyards, and then learn about winemaking at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room. Here are some ideas for day two: learn about winemaking at St Kathryn Cellars, learn about winemaking at Talon Winery, then learn about winemaking at Varaison Vineyards and Winery, then learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies, and finally do a tasting at Debeque Canyon Winery.

To see reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Palisade trip maker tool.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Palisade by car takes about 1.5 hours. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in May, plan for warmer days in Palisade, with highs around 73°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Palisade

Wineries · Childrens Museums · Museums

Side Trip

Ouray

— 1 night
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 12th (Wed): appreciate the extensive heritage of Ouray County Museum, hike along Cascade Falls Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Perimeter Trail.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Ouray travel itinerary planner.

You can drive from Palisade to Ouray in 2 hours. In May, Ouray is little chillier than Palisade - with highs of 55°F and lows of 36°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Trails · Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites

Pagosa Springs

— 1 night
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 13th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, then delve into the distant past at Chimney Rock National Monument, then hike along San Juan River Walk, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs holiday planner.

Getting from Ouray to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Ouray in May: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 63°F, while lows dip to 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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.
On the 14th (Fri), hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, then explore the ancient world of Long House, and then don't miss a visit to Park Point. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum and then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

Make your Mesa Verde National Park itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

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. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in May, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be about the same, around 38°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 72°F. On the 15th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors · Museums

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.