11 days in Colorado Itinerary

11 days in Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Cortez
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Hooper
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Salida
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h
6
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Detroit

2
nights
Cortez

Cortez ©
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Wed): explore the ancient world of Ute Mountain Tribal Park. On the next day, delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and then make a trip to Park Point.

To see more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Cortez travel planning app .

Detroit to Cortez is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Detroit to Cortez, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Detroit in March, you will find days in Cortez are a bit warmer (56°F), and nights are slightly colder (24°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Towac Visitor Center
Highlights from your plan
Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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 24th (Sat): examine the collection at San Juan Historical Museum, then look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa. Keep things going the next day: stroll through Wolf Creek Ski Resort.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs online holiday builder .

Traveling by car from Cortez to Pagosa Springs takes 2 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Cortez in March: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 49°F, while lows dip to 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Hooper.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

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

2
nights
Hooper

Hooper ©
The Town of Hooper is a Statutory Town located in the San Luis Valley in Alamosa County, Colorado, United States. On the 26th (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Gators Reptile Park and then take in the natural beauty of Sand Dunes Swimming Pool & RV.

To see photos, ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Hooper visit planner .

Drive from Pagosa Springs to Hooper in 2 hours. In March, plan for daily highs up to 51°F, and evening lows to 18°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Tue) early enough to travel to Salida.

Things to do in Hooper

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Colorado Gators Reptile Park
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Gators Reptile Park ©
Colorado Gators Reptile Park
Sand Dunes Swimming Pool & RV ©
Sand Dunes Swimming Pool & RV

1
night
Salida

Salida ©
The City of Salida is a Statutory City that is the county seat and most populous city of Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 27th (Tue): tour the pleasant surroundings at Monarch Mountain and then indulge your thirst for a good beer at Elevation Beer Company.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Salida online visit planner .

Getting from Hooper to Salida by car takes about 1.5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Hooper in March since evenings lows in Salida dip to 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Salida

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Elevation Beer Company
Highlights from your plan
Monarch Mountain ©
Monarch Mountain
Elevation Beer Company ©
Elevation Beer Company

1
night
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 28th (Wed), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake.

For reviews, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Glenwood Springs holiday planner.

You can drive from Salida to Glenwood Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Salida in March, plan for cooler days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 35°F, while nights are little chillier with lows around 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Thu) to allow time for the car ride to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Sunlight Mountain Resort ©
Sunlight Mountain Resort
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Kick off your visit on the 30th (Fri): identify plant and animal life at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center and then look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls and then examine the collection at The Michael Garman Museum & Gallery.

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Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Colorado Springs takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Colorado Springs, ranging from highs of 57°F to lows of 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 31st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls

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