11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Madison
Fly:  6​h 15​min
1
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Snowmass Village
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Breckenridge
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Madison

3
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.
Bring the kids along to Purple Mountain Taffy Company and Photography Tours. Get in touch with nature at Never Summer Mountain Products and Scot's Sporting Goods. The adventure continues: take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, look for gifts at Macdonald Book Shop, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and wander the streets of Downtown Estes Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Estes Park itinerary planner .

Madison to Estes Park is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. When traveling from Madison in November, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Estes Park: temperatures range from 57°F by day to 27°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Shopping Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Glen Haven General Store, Never Summer Mountain Products
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Purple Mountain Taffy Company ©
Purple Mountain Taffy Company
Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures ©

1
day
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 24th (Sat), explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then hike along Spruce Canyon Trail, and then delve into the distant past at Balcony House.

For where to stay, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park road trip planning website .

You can do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. In November, daily temperatures in Mesa Verde National Park can reach 55°F, while at night they dip to 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Trails Outdoors
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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. For shopping fun, head to Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery or Made in Colorado Shoppe. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Two Old Crows and Lantern Dancer. On the 26th (Mon), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort. The adventure continues: hike along Piedra River Trail, admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls, and relax and rejuvenate at The Springs Resort & Spa.

To find maps, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs road trip website .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. While traveling from Mesa Verde National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of 49°F to lows of 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Snowmass Village.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

1
night
Snowmass Village

Snowmass Village ©
Snowmass Village is a Home Rule Municipality in Pitkin County, Colorado, United States. On the 28th (Wed), look for gifts at The Emporium And Flying Circus, stroll through Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, and then look for gifts at Gene Taylor Sports.

For other places to visit, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Snowmass Village vacation builder .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Snowmass Village in 5 hours. In November, daytime highs in Snowmass Village are 47°F, while nighttime lows are 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Snowmass Village

Outdoors Shopping Trails

Side Trip

Aspen
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Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Gene Taylor Sports ©
Gene Taylor Sports
The Emporium And Flying Circus ©
The Emporium And Flying Circus

2
nights
Breckenridge

Breckenridge ©
Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
On the 29th (Thu), tour the pleasant surroundings at Copper Mountain and then look for gifts at Olive Fusion. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 30th (Fri): stop by The Cheese Shop of Breckenridge, then stop by Ready Paint Fire!, and then fly down the slopes at Frisco Adventure Park.

To see maps, ratings, and tourist information, read our Breckenridge online journey planner .

Drive from Snowmass Village to Breckenridge in 3 hours. When traveling from Snowmass Village in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Breckenridge, with highs around 34°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 22°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Frisco Adventure Park, Copper Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Frisco Adventure Park ©
Frisco Adventure Park
Copper Mountain ©
Copper Mountain
Olive Fusion ©
Olive Fusion

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