11 days in South Central Colorado & Lake City Itinerary

11 days in South Central Colorado & Lake City Itinerary

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11 days in South Central Colorado & Lake City Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  9​h 45​min
1
Mosca
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Creede
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 15​min
3
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
5
Lake City
— 2 nights
Fly:  10​h 30​min
End: New York City

2
nights
Mosca

Mosca ©
Mosca is an unincorporated community and a U.S. On the 28th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at Colorado Gators Reptile Park, then take in the natural beauty of Sand Dunes Swimming Pool & RV, and then stop by Elephant Cloud Market.

To see photos, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, read Mosca trip builder .

New York City to Mosca is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Mosca. Traveling from New York City in July, Mosca is cooler at night with lows of 48°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Mon) so you can drive to Creede.

Things to do in Mosca

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Elephant Cloud Market, High Dune Trail, Sand Dunes Swimming Pool & RV
Highlights from your plan
High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail
Colorado Gators Reptile Park ©
Colorado Gators Reptile Park
Sand Dunes Swimming Pool & RV ©
Sand Dunes Swimming Pool & RV

1
night
Creede

Creede ©
The historic City of Creede is the Statutory Town that is the county seat and the only incorporated municipality in Mineral County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 30th (Tue): take in the dramatic scenery at North Clear Creek Falls, contemplate the long history of Last Chance Mine, then take in the dramatic natural features at Bachelor Loop, and finally examine the collection at Creede Historic Museum.

For traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Creede tour itinerary planner .

Traveling by car from Mosca to Creede takes 1.5 hours. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Mosca in July: highs in Creede hover around 59°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel to Canon City.

Things to do in Creede

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
North Clear Creek Falls ©
North Clear Creek Falls
Last Chance Mine ©
Last Chance Mine

1
night
Canon City

Canon City ©
Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 31st (Wed), get outside with Royal Gorge Anglers and then explore the striking landscape at Red Canyon Park.

For maps, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Canon City vacation planning website .

You can drive from Creede to Canon City in 3.5 hours. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from Creede in July: highs in Canon City hover around 90°F, while lows dip to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) to allow time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Royal Gorge Anglers ©
Royal Gorge Anglers
Red Canyon Park ©
Red Canyon Park

3
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 1st (Thu): contemplate the waterfront views at Manitou Springs Incline and then identify plant and animal life at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon, then identify plant and animal life at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls.

To see maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs online attractions planner .

Drive from Canon City to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Canon City in July, expect a bit cooler with lows of 58°F in Colorado Springs. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Red Rock Canyon ©
Red Rock Canyon

2
nights
Lake City

Lake City
The Town of Lake City is the Statutory Town that is the county seat and the only incorporated municipality in Hinsdale County, Colorado, United States. You've now added San Juan Mountains to your itinerary.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, use the Lake City tour planning tool .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Lake City takes 4.5 hours. Traveling from Colorado Springs in August, expect Lake City to be slightly colder, temps between 70°F and 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Lake City

Outdoors Parks Nature

Side Trip

San Juan Mountains