11 days in South Central Colorado Itinerary

11 days in South Central Colorado Itinerary

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11 days in South Central Colorado Itinerary

Start: Springfield
+2
Fly + bus + taxi:  6​h 15​min
1
Cripple Creek
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Salida
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Colorado Springs
— 5 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Springfield

2
nights
Cripple Creek

Cripple Creek ©
The City of Cripple Creek is the Statutory City that is the county seat of Teller County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): try your luck at Bronco Billy's Casino. On the 27th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of Skyline Drive, then admire all the interesting features of Shelf Rd, and then discover the riches below the earth's surface at Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine.

To find more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Cripple Creek driving holiday planner .

Springfield to Cripple Creek is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight, shuttle, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Springfield to Cripple Creek, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Springfield in October, expect slightly colder with lows of 45°F in Cripple Creek. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Salida.

Things to do in Cripple Creek

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Victor, Divide, Skyline Drive
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine ©
Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive

3
nights
Salida

The City of Salida is a Statutory City that is the county seat and most populous city of Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Explore Salida's surroundings by going to Fairplay (South Park City Museum & Pike National Forest), National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum (in Leadville) and Vicksburg (in Buena Vista). The adventure continues: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour, see Off-Road Tours, stroll around McPhelemy Park, and brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Deerhammer Distillery.

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You can drive from Cripple Creek to Salida in 2 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Cripple Creek in October: high temperatures in Salida hover around 65°F and lows are around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Salida

Parks Nature Tours

Side Trips

Buena Vista, Fairplay, National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum
Off-Road Tours

5
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.
Colorado Springs is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, nature, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: stroll around Garden of the Gods, examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum, take in the dramatic scenery at The Broadmoor Seven Falls, and take a stroll through Old Colorado City.

To see where to stay and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs day trip planning site .

You can drive from Salida to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. In October in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 67°F during the day and 39°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo