9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
2
Ouray
— 3 nights
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
4
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights

2
nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): admire the sheer force of Chasm Falls, thentake in the dramatic scenery at Calypso Cascades, thenadmire the sheer force of Ouzel Falls, and finally take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stop by Rocky Mountain Gateway Gift Shop, thentake in the exciting artwork at Patterson Glassworks Studio & Gallery, and then take in the awesome beauty at Deer Mountain.

To see other places to visit, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park vacation website.

Del Rio to Rocky Mountain National Park is an approximately 9-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Del Rio in June, expect nights in Rocky Mountain National Park to be much colder, around °F, while days are little chillier, around °F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Tue) to allow time for the car ride to Ouray.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Nature Parks Shopping

Side Trip

Estes Park
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Calypso Cascades ©
Calypso Cascades
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook
Ouzel  Falls ©
Ouzel Falls

3
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. Bring the kids along to Blue Lakes Trail and Bear Creek National Recreation Trail. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Baby Bath Tubs Trail and Cornet Creek Falls. Change things up with these side-trips from Ouray: Telluride (Black Bear Pass & Alpine Chapel). The adventure continues: admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, enjoy some diversion at Ouray Ice Park, discover the riches below the earth's surface at Idarado Mine, and steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read Ouray online day trip planner.

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Ouray by car takes about 8 hours. Other options: do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or fly. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in June, things will get little chillier in Ouray: highs are around °F and lows about °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Telluride, Idarado Mine
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Baby Bath Tubs Trail ©
Baby Bath Tubs Trail
Black Bear Pass ©
Black Bear Pass
Ouray Ice Park ©
Ouray Ice 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.
On the 20th (Sat), explore the ancient world of Long House, trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, thenexplore the striking landscape at Square Tower House, and finally explore the ancient world of Far View Sites.

To find other places to visit, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park sightseeing planner.

You can drive from Ouray to Mesa Verde National Park in 3.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Ouray in June, 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 20th (Sat) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Long House ©
Long House
Far View Sites ©
Far View Sites
Square Tower House ©
Square Tower House

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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 21st (Sun): explore by horseback at Diamond Hitch Stables, thenexplore the activities along San Juan River Walk, and then view the masterpieces at Lantern Dancer. On the next day, take in the dramatic scenery at Piedra Falls.

To see photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs sightseeing site.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Diamond Hitch Stables ©
Diamond Hitch Stables
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
Piedra Falls ©
Piedra Falls

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