10 days in Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Columbus
Fly:  7​h
1
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Crested Butte
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 15​min
4
Cripple Creek
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Frisco
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Columbus

2
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Step out of the city life by going to Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area and Aspen Snowmass. On the 28th (Fri), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Aspen Mountain / Ajax. There's still lots to do: admire all the interesting features of The John Denver Sanctuary.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Aspen day trip app .

Columbus to Aspen is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus, taxi, and flight; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Columbus in December, expect Aspen to be a bit cooler, temps between 35°F and 10°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Crested Butte.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Aspen Snowmass, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
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Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
Aspen Mountain / Ajax ©
Aspen Mountain / Ajax
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

1
night
Crested Butte

Crested Butte ©
Crested Butte is a home rule municipality in Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. On the 29th (Sat), see a world frozen in time at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, cruise along Kebler Pass, and then sample the fine beverages at Montanya Distillers.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Crested Butte trip maker .

Drive from Aspen to Crested Butte in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Aspen in December, expect Crested Butte to be slightly colder, temps between 29°F and 3°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to travel to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Crested Butte

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
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Crested Butte Mountain Resort ©
Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Kebler Pass ©
Kebler Pass
Montanya Distillers ©
Montanya Distillers

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. Explore hidden gems such as Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park and The Springs Resort & Spa. Get in touch with nature at Piedra River Trail and San Juan River Walk. On the 31st (Mon), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort. There's lots more to do: admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls, indulge your taste buds at The Choke Cherry Tree, and stop by Made in Colorado Shoppe.

To find photos, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs online travel route planner .

You can drive from Crested Butte to Pagosa Springs in 4 hours. In December, Pagosa Springs is somewhat warmer than Crested Butte - with highs of 38°F and lows of 14°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can go by car to Cripple Creek.

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
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk

1
day
Cripple Creek

Cripple Creek ©
The City of Cripple Creek is the Statutory City that is the county seat of Teller County, Colorado, United States. On the 2nd (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center and then delve into the lush surroundings at White River National Forest.

For traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cripple Creek holiday planning website .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Cripple Creek in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, car, bus, and taxi. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Pagosa Springs in January, with highs in Cripple Creek at 49°F and lows at 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Frisco.

Things to do in Cripple Creek

Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, White River National Forest
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Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
White River National Forest ©
White River National Forest

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 3rd (Thu): stroll through Copper Mountain and then hit the slopes at Frisco Adventure Park. Keep things going the next day: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then take an in-depth tour of Breckenridge Welcome Center, and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Frisco trip maker website .

Traveling by car from Cripple Creek to Frisco takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Expect colder weather when traveling from Cripple Creek in January: highs in Frisco hover around 25°F, while lows dip to 14°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Fri) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Frisco

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Breckenridge, Copper Mountain
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Frisco Adventure Park ©
Frisco Adventure Park
Copper Mountain ©
Copper Mountain
Spas & Wellness

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