11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Milan
Fly:  20​h
1
Durango
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Pagosa Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
4
Frisco
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Cripple Creek
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  17​h 15​min
End: Milan

1
day
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): trek along Animas River Trail and then fly down the slopes at Purgatory Resort.

To find where to stay, photos, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Durango route planner.

Milan, Italy to Durango is an approximately 20-hour flight. Traveling from Milan to Durango, you'll gain 8 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Milan in December, expect nights in Durango to be colder, around -12°C, while days are little chillier, around 5°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail

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. Visiting Wolf Creek Ski Resort and Treasure Falls will get you outdoors. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Springs Resort & Spa and Two Old Crows. And it doesn't end there: identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, hike along Piedra River Trail, stroll through San Juan River Walk, and view the masterpieces at Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery.

To find maps, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Pagosa Springs visit planner .

Traveling by car from Durango to Pagosa Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 3°C in December, and nighttime lows around -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park

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.
On the 28th (Fri), hit the slopes at Aspen Snowmass and then pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Aspen Mountain / Ajax.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Aspen trip planner .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Aspen in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 1°C in December, and nighttime lows around -14°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Frisco.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Aspen Snowmass
Highlights from your plan
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

1
night
Frisco

Frisco ©
The Town of Frisco is a Home Rule Municipality in Summit County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Sun): stroll through Copper Mountain and then fly down the slopes at Frisco Adventure Park.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Frisco trip planner.

Drive from Aspen to Frisco in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. When traveling from Aspen in December, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Frisco: temperatures range from -4°C by day to -11°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Cripple Creek.

Things to do in Frisco

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Copper Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Frisco Adventure Park ©
Frisco Adventure Park
Copper Mountain ©
Copper Mountain

1
night
Cripple Creek

Cripple Creek ©
The City of Cripple Creek is the Statutory City that is the county seat of Teller County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 31st (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center and then explore the wealth of natural beauty at White River National Forest.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Cripple Creek itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Frisco to Cripple Creek takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Frisco in December: highs in Cripple Creek hover around 11°C, while lows dip to -5°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Cripple Creek

Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, White River National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
White River National Forest ©
White River National Forest

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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Tue): identify plant and animal life at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center, explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon, and then test your team's savvy at popular escape rooms.

To find where to stay, reviews, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip planning app .

Traveling by car from Cripple Creek to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Cripple Creek in December, expect slightly colder with lows of -9°C in Colorado Springs. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park
Red Rock Canyon Open Space ©
Red Rock Canyon Open Space
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