10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Frisco
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Houston

1
night
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
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 12th (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon and then examine the collection at Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center. On the next day, take an in-depth tour of Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, then brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, then take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and finally look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods.

To see photos, maps, ratings, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs vacation planner.

Houston to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also fly; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Colorado Springs is minus 1 hour. In December, Colorado Springs is much colder than Houston - with highs of 45°F and lows of 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Frisco.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Museums Parks Nature

Side Trips

Commonwheel Artists Co-op, Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum ©
Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum

2
nights
Frisco

Frisco ©
The Town of Frisco is a Home Rule Municipality in Summit County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): hit the slopes at Copper Mountain and then hit the slopes at Frisco Adventure Park. Keep things going the next day: get engrossed in the history at Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad, examine the collection at National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum, then get engrossed in the history at Frisco Historic Park and Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Breckenridge Welcome Center.

For where to stay, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Frisco trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Frisco by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. While traveling from Colorado Springs, expect colder days and about the same nights in Frisco, ranging from highs of 25°F to lows of 14°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Frisco

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Leadville, Breckenridge Welcome Center, Copper Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Frisco Adventure Park ©
Frisco Adventure Park
Frisco Historic Park and Museum ©
Frisco Historic Park and Museum

2
nights
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. On the 16th (Sun), hit the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls, view the masterpieces at Lantern Dancer, then get a taste of the local shopping with Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery, and finally soothe aching muscles at The Springs Resort & Spa.

To find maps, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Pagosa Springs day trip planning site .

You can drive from Frisco to Pagosa Springs in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. When traveling from Frisco in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs: temperatures range from 38°F by day to 14°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

2
nights
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.
On the 18th (Tue), stroll through Purgatory Resort and then browse the exhibits of Toh-Atin Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Animas River Trail, then see the interesting displays at Southern Ute Museum and Cultural Center, then examine the collection at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, and finally view the masterpieces at Scenic Aperture Gallery.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, read Durango visit app .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Durango in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. In December in Durango, expect temperatures between 40°F during the day and 13°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Southern Ute Museum and Cultural Center
Highlights from your plan
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail
Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery

2
nights
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park ©
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
On the 20th (Thu), take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Mountain West, examine the collection at Ute Indian Museum, then take an in-depth tour of Montrose County Historical Museum, and finally get great views at Warner Point. On the 21st (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the dramatic natural features at Painted Wall and then explore the stunning scenery at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

To find where to stay, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, refer to the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park journey builder app .

Getting from Durango to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park by car takes about 3 hours. In December, plan for daily highs up to 39°F, and evening lows to 16°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trip

Montrose
Highlights from your plan
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West
Ute Indian Museum ©
Ute Indian Museum

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