11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Appleton
Fly + Drive:  8​h 15​min
1
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
La Junta
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Mosca
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h
End: Appleton

2
nights
Estes Park

Estes Park ©
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.
On the 27th (Sat), identify plant and animal life at Cache La Poudre Wilderness, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Wild Basin Area, and then do a tasting at Snowy Peaks Winery. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the spiritual surroundings of Chapel on the Rock, look for all kinds of wild species at Hallett Peak, then look for all kinds of wild species at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes.

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Appleton to Estes Park is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Appleton to Estes Park is minus 1 hour. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Appleton in April: highs in Estes Park hover around 64°F, while lows dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Mon) to allow time for the car ride to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Wildlife Parks Nature

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Cache La Poudre Wilderness
Highlights from your plan
Cache La Poudre Wilderness ©
Cache La Poudre Wilderness
Chapel on the Rock ©
Chapel on the Rock
Snowy Peaks Winery ©
Snowy Peaks Winery

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.
On the 29th (Mon), examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery.

For other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary planning site .

You can drive from Estes Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In April in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 60°F during the day and 33°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) to allow time to travel to La Junta.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

Old Homestead House Museum, Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center
Highlights from your plan
Bear Creek Nature Center ©
Bear Creek Nature Center
Old Homestead House Museum ©
Old Homestead House Museum

1
night
La Junta

La Junta ©
La Junta is the city that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Otero County, Colorado, United States. On the 1st (Wed), steep yourself in history at Bent's Old Fort National Historic Site, see the interesting displays at Koshare Indian Museum, and then explore the stunning scenery at Picketwire Canyonlands.

For reviews, photos, and other tourist information, go to the La Junta travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to La Junta takes 2 hours. When traveling from Colorado Springs in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in La Junta: temperatures range from 68°F by day to 38°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel to Mosca.

Things to do in La Junta

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Koshare Indian Museum ©
Koshare Indian Museum

2
nights
Mosca

Mosca ©
Mosca is an unincorporated community and a U.S. On the 2nd (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Summitville Ghost Town. Here are some ideas for day two: take some stellar pictures from UFO Watchtower, see the interesting displays at Fort Garland Museum, and then admire nature's extreme beauty at High Dune Trail.

For ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Mosca road trip site .

You can drive from La Junta to Mosca in 3 hours. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from La Junta in May, with highs in Mosca at 67°F and lows at 32°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mosca

Parks Wildlife Trails

Side Trips

UFO Watchtower, High Dune Trail, Summitville Ghost Town, Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge, Fort Garland Museum
Highlights from your plan
Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge ©
Fort Garland Museum ©
Fort Garland Museum
High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail

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. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Sat): examine the collection at San Juan Historical Museum, then explore the activities along San Juan River Walk, and then identify plant and animal life at Reservoir Hill Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, then look for gifts at Lantern Dancer, and finally view the masterpieces at Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery.

For other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mosca to Pagosa Springs takes 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Pagosa Springs are 63°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Sun) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Wildlife Museums
Highlights from your plan
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
San Juan Historical Museum ©
San Juan Historical Museum

2
nights
Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park ©
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 6th (Mon), get to know the fascinating history of Far View Sites, then don't miss a visit to Park Point, then take in the dramatic natural features at Square Tower House, and finally cruise along Ruins Road. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Tue): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then don't miss a visit to Step House, and then trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail.

To find reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

Drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 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 May, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be about the same, around 38°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 72°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Far View Sites ©
Far View Sites
Step House ©
Step House
Square Tower House ©
Square Tower House

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