10 days in Colorado & Chama Itinerary

10 days in Colorado & Chama Itinerary

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Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Alamosa
— 1 night
Drive
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Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Chama
— 1 night
Drive
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Denver
— 1 night

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Estes Park — 2 nights

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 24th (Sat): get a taste of the local shopping with Patterson Glassworks Studio & Gallery, then look for gifts at Brownfield's, then explore and take pictures at Peak to Peak Scenic Byway, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, then admire all the interesting features of Trail Ridge Road, and then admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

For traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read our Estes Park journey maker app.

The Route module shows you travel options from your home to Estes Park. In September in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 81°F during the day and 50°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can fly to Colorado Springs.
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Outdoors · Wildlife · Scenic Drive · Tours
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Colorado Springs — 1 night

Stunning Garden of the Gods Park scenery, blue skies and the glory of Pikes Peak-America’s Mountain have attracted visitors to Colorado Springs for more than a century.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): explore the world behind art at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, then walk around Garden of the Gods, then get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City, and finally get interesting insight from Tours.

For other places to visit, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip planner.

Getting from Estes Park to Colorado Springs by flight takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. September in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Alamosa.
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Historic Sites · Tours · Outdoors · Neighborhoods
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Alamosa — 1 night

Alamosa is a city under Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Alamosa County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 27th (Tue): sample the tasty concoctions at San Luis Valley Brewing Company.

To see more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Alamosa online visit planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Alamosa in 3 hours. Traveling from Colorado Springs in September, expect slightly colder with lows of 39°F in Alamosa. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.
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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. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Wed): explore the ancient world of Chimney Rock National Monument, see Off-Road Tours, and then take in the natural beauty of Hot Springs At The Springs Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls, then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and finally hike along Piedra River Trail.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs online road trip planner.

You can drive from Alamosa to Pagosa Springs in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in September, and nighttime lows around 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.
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Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Tours
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Mesa Verde National Park — 1 night

Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 30th (Fri), trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To find other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 2.5 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 September, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be about the same, around 45°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 80°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Chama.
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Historic Sites · Trails · Outdoors · Parks

Chama — 1 night

Chama is a village in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, United States. Start off your visit on the 1st (Sat): buy something for everyone on your list at Mountainview Mall, contemplate the waterfront views at Heron Lake State Park, and then stop by Tierra Wools. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun): immerse yourself in nature at El Vado Lake State Park and then explore the striking landscape of Carson National Forest.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Chama day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Chama takes 3.5 hours. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in October, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Chama: temperatures range from 62°F by day to 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can drive to Denver.
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Nature · Parks · Shopping
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Denver — 1 night

Mile-High City

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.
Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): contemplate the long history of Molly Brown House Museum.

To find photos, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Denver trip itinerary maker app.

Traveling by car from Chama to Denver takes 5.5 hours. Expect a bit warmer evenings in Denver when traveling from Chama in October, with lows around 40°F.
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Colorado travel guide

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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.
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