11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  4 h
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5 h
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
3
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Ouray
— 3 nights
+2
Bus + Foot + Fly:  5 h 30 min
End: Dallas

2
nights
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 22nd (Sat): see the interesting displays at Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center and then identify plant and animal life at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center, take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, and then get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop.

To find maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs itinerary builder app .

Dallas to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Dallas to Colorado Springs is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Dallas in December, plan for little chillier days in Colorado Springs, with highs around 45°F, while nights are much colder with lows around 18°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Mon) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center
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Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park
Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center ©

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Mon): examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum and then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

For where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park travel planning site .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. In December, daily temperatures in Mesa Verde National Park can reach 42°F, while at night they dip to 15°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trip

The Anasazi Heritage Center
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum

2
nights
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 26th (Wed): stop by Toh-Atin Gallery and then fly down the slopes at Purgatory Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the galleries of Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum and then take a peaceful walk through San Juan National Forest.

For maps, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Durango attractions planning site .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in Durango can reach 38°F, while at night they dip to 14°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery

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. Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): examine the collection at San Juan Historical Museum, look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: fly down the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort.

To find maps, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs trip itinerary maker app .

You can drive from Durango to Pagosa Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In December in Pagosa Springs, expect temperatures between 35°F during the day and 13°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

3
nights
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. Museum-lovers will appreciate Ouray County Museum and Ouray Alchemist Museum. Get outdoors at Yankee Boy Basin and Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall. Step out of Ouray to go to Montrose and see Museum of the Mountain West, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: tour the pleasant surroundings at Perimeter Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Ouray trip planner .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Ouray takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in Ouray can reach 34°F, while at night they dip to 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Museum of the Mountain West
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West

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