10 days in Colorado, Cheyenne & Badlands National Park Itinerary

10 days in Colorado, Cheyenne & Badlands National Park Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado, Cheyenne & Badlands National Park Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Fly + foot + train:  7​h
1
Denver
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Cheyenne
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h
4
Boulder
— Few hours
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  4​h 30​min
5
Badlands National Park
— 2 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + taxi:  6​h
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
7
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
8
Ouray
— 2 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  8​h 15​min
End: New York City


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Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
To see maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Denver trip planning website .

New York City to Denver is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in August, plan for a bit cooler nights in Denver, with lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Cheyenne.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum
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Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum ©
Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum

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Cheyenne

Cheyenne ©
Cheyenne is the capital and most populous city of the US state of Wyoming and the county seat of Laramie County. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): examine the collection at Cheyenne Depot Museum, pause for some photo ops at Cheyenne Big Boots, then get engrossed in the history at Wyoming State Museum, and finally get engrossed in the history at Cheyenne Frontier Days Old West Museum.

To find maps, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cheyenne road trip planning website .

You can drive from Denver to Cheyenne in 2 hours. Other options are to take a bus; or do a combination of train and shuttle. In August, daily temperatures in Cheyenne can reach 82°F, while at night they dip to 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Cheyenne

Museums
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Wyoming State Museum ©
Wyoming State Museum
Cheyenne Depot Museum ©
Cheyenne Depot Museum

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nights
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): trek along Emerald Lake Trail, explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan, and then learn about winemaking at Snowy Peaks Winery.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Estes Park trip itinerary planning tool .

Getting from Cheyenne to Estes Park by car takes about 2 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. While traveling from Cheyenne, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Estes Park, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 56°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Boulder.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
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Snowy Peaks Winery ©
Snowy Peaks Winery

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Boulder

Boulder ©
Located in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, Boulder is a busy college town known for its progressive values and natural resource conservation.
For ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Boulder trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Boulder takes an hour. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. In August, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 59°F. On the 5th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Boulder

Nature Parks
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Flatirons ©
Flatirons

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nights
Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Mon): browse the exhibits of Prairie Homestead Historic Site, trek along Notch Trail, and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Minuteman Missile National Historic Site.

To see reviews, ratings, photos, and tourist information, use the Badlands National Park online vacation planner .

Traveling by combination of bus, flight, and taxi from Boulder to Badlands National Park takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll lose 1 hour traveling from Boulder to Badlands National Park. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trip

Philip
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Prairie Homestead ©
Prairie Homestead
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town

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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 (Wed): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House and then explore the ancient world of Balcony House.

To find other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park driving holiday planner .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Badlands National Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 6 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and car; or drive. Traveling from Badlands National Park to Mesa Verde National Park, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. August in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 87°F and lows of 54°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Wed) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony 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. Start off your visit on the 9th (Thu): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Pagosa Springs trip planning site .

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August, expect nights in Pagosa Springs to be about the same, around 50°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 78°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Nature Parks Spas
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Treasure Falls ©
Treasure Falls
Spas & Wellness

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Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore the striking landscape at Yankee Boy Basin, then take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then see the interesting displays at Ouray Alchemist Museum.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ouray online driving holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Ouray takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in August, you will find days in Ouray are a bit cooler (70°F), and nights are about the same (50°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 11th (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Nature Parks Trails

Side Trip

Bear Creek Falls
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Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall ©
Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum

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