10 days in Colorado, Grand Canyon National Park & Southeastern Utah Itinerary

10 days in Colorado, Grand Canyon National Park & Southeastern Utah Itinerary

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Pagosa Springs
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Grand Canyon National Park
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Moab
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Vail
— 3 nights
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Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
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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 18th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas. On your second day here, stroll through Wolf Creek Ski Resort.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs trip builder site.

Atlanta to Pagosa Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and car. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Atlanta to Pagosa Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Atlanta in December, things will get cooler in Pagosa Springs: highs are around 38°F and lows about 14°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sat) so you can drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Nature
Highlights from your trip

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Grand Canyon National Park

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Grand Canyon Village and Mohave Point. Next up on the itinerary: hike along South Kaibab Trail, explore the stunning scenery at Yavapai Point, stroll through Hermit Trail, and get great views at Hopi Point.

To see photos, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park day trip planning tool.

Drive from Pagosa Springs to Grand Canyon National Park in 6.5 hours. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in December, you will find days in Grand Canyon National Park are somewhat warmer (45°F), and nights are about the same (15°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Tue) so you can go by car to Moab.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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Moab

Red Desert

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Start off your visit on the 23rd (Wed): take a memorable drive along Colorado Riverway Recreation Area, admire the verdant scenery at Castle Valley, and then cross one thing off your bucket list with Skydive Moab.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Moab online sightseeing planner.

Drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Moab in 5.5 hours. When traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Moab: temperatures range from 38°F by day to 15°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Scenic Drive
Highlights from your trip

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Vail

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Copper Mountain and Frisco Adventure Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Frisco Escape Room (in Frisco) and Breckenridge (Peak 9 & Main Street). Next up on the itinerary: take a pleasant ride with Sage Outdoor Adventures, stroll through Beaver Creek Ski Area, and fly down the slopes at Vail / Beaver Creek Resort.

For other places to visit, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Vail itinerary planner.

You can drive from Moab to Vail in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of car and bus. When traveling from Moab in December, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Vail: temperatures range from 25°F by day to 14°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Parks · Winter Sports · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Steamboat Springs

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 27th (Sun), trek along Yampa River Core Trail and then fly down the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort.

To see ratings, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs road trip planner.

You can drive from Vail to Steamboat Springs in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Vail in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Steamboat Springs, with lows of 9°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Winter Sports

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.