10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Grand Junction
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Rifle
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
3
Pagosa Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Cortez
— 3 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Chicago

2
nights
Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Mon): take a stroll through Downtown Grand Junction. On the 2nd (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: learn about winemaking at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room, then make a trip to Clark Family Orchards, and then take in the awesome beauty at Grand Mesa.

To find reviews, maps, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Grand Junction day trip planning website .

Chicago to Grand Junction is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Expect a daytime high around 64°F in April, and nighttime lows around 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Wed) to allow time to travel to Rifle.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Wineries Nature Parks

Side Trips

Palisade, Gateway Colorado Automobile Museum
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Hermosa Vineyards ©
Hermosa Vineyards
Meadery of the Rockies ©
Meadery of the Rockies
Grand Mesa ©
Grand Mesa

1
night
Rifle

Rifle ©
The City of Rifle is a Home Rule Municipality in Garfield County, Colorado, United States. On the 4th (Thu), take in the dramatic scenery at Rifle Falls and then see human ingenuity at work at Rifle Gap State Park.

To see traveler tips, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Rifle online tour planner .

Traveling by car from Grand Junction to Rifle takes 1.5 hours. In April, daily temperatures in Rifle can reach 62°F, while at night they dip to 33°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Rifle

Nature Parks Beaches
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Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park

3
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. Get in touch with nature at Wolf Creek Ski Resort and The Springs Resort & Spa. Let the collections at Two Old Crows and Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery capture your imagination. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Reservoir Hill Park and hike along Piedra River Trail.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs trip planner .

Traveling by car from Rifle to Pagosa Springs takes 5.5 hours. While traveling from Rifle, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of 57°F to lows of 29°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Sun) early enough to travel to Cortez.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
Reservoir Hill Park ©
Reservoir Hill Park

3
nights
Cortez

Cortez ©
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Get in touch with nature at Hovenweep National Monument and Petroglyph Point Hike. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Anasazi Heritage Center and Rio Grande Southern Railroad Museum.. Explore Cortez's surroundings by going to Mesa Verde National Park (Far View Sites, Spruce Tree House, & more). There's more to do: admire the masterpieces at Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum.

To find ratings, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, use the Cortez trip itinerary planning tool .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Cortez in 2 hours. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in April, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cortez: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 29°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Dolores
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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