8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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

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 8th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To see reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planner.

Indianapolis to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Indianapolis in May, plan for slightly colder nights in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Long House ©
Long House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

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 10th (Sun): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then take a memorable drive along Million Dollar Highway.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Durango vacation maker website.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In May, plan for daily highs up to °F, and evening lows to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) so you can drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Scenic Drive Tours

Side Trip

Million Dollar Highway
Highlights from your plan
Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway
River Rafting & Tubing

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 11th (Mon), hike along Perimeter Trail, thenadmire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, thensteep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine, and finally explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin. Here are some ideas for day two: admire the majestic nature at Ridgway State Park, thenindulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then trek along Cascade Falls Park.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Ouray travel website.

Traveling by car from Durango to Ouray takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Durango in May: highs in Ouray hover around °F, while lows dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Ridgway, Bear Creek Falls
Highlights from your plan
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park

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night
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): explore the stunning scenery at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then explore the striking landscape at Rocky Mountains.

To find reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs trip maker.

You can drive from Ouray to Glenwood Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Ouray in May, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are little chillier (°F), and nights are about the same (°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Spas

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 14th (Thu), admire the natural beauty at Yampa River Botanic Park, thencontemplate the long history of Tread of Pioneers Museum, and then hike along Yampa River Core Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Fri): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see maps, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Steamboat Springs trip planner.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Steamboat Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Steamboat Springs: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Yampa River Core Trail ©
Yampa River Core Trail
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum

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