12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Denver
1
Denver
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Woodland Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
5
Manitou Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  30​h
End: Orlando, Florida

2
nights
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): see the sky in a new way at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, then wander the streets of 16th Street Mall, and then get curious at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: see the interesting displays at Colorado Railroad Museum, then try to win big at Ameristar Casino Resort Spa, and then contemplate the long history of Dinosaur Ridge.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Denver travel route planner .

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Denver. Expect a daytime high around 85°F in August, and nighttime lows around 58°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) early enough to travel to Woodland Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

Dinosaur Ridge, Ameristar Casino Resort Spa, Colorado Railroad Museum, Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
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Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center ©
Dinosaur Ridge ©
Dinosaur Ridge
Colorado Railroad Museum ©
Colorado Railroad Museum

2
nights
Woodland Park

Woodland Park ©
The City of Woodland Park is a Home Rule Municipality that is the most populous city in Teller County, Colorado, United States and is immediately west of El Paso County and the unincorporated community of Crystola. On the 4th (Sat), explore the activities along Manitou Park Lake and then tee off at Bear Dance Golf Club.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Woodland Park holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Denver to Woodland Park takes 2 hours. Traveling from Denver in August, expect Woodland Park to be little chillier, temps between 80°F and 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Woodland Park

Outdoors Golf Nature

Side Trips

Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine, Bear Dance Golf Club
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Manitou Park Lake ©
Manitou Park Lake
Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine ©
Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): don't miss a visit to Park Point, then hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then cruise along Ruins Road. On your second day here, explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, take in the dramatic natural features at Square Tower House, then see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Farming Terraces.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park travel planning site .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Woodland Park to Mesa Verde National Park. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Woodland Park in August: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 86°F, while lows dip to 53°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
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Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

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 8th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Lantern Dancer, then see the interesting displays at San Juan Historical Museum, then explore the activities along San Juan River Walk, and finally take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Two Old Crows, then indulge your taste buds at The Choke Cherry Tree, and then identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park.

For maps, photos, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs travel planning website .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in August: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 77°F, while lows dip to 49°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Thu) early enough to drive back home.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife
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Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

2
nights
Manitou Springs

Manitou Springs ©
Manitou Springs' main street was once a trail that led directly to the base of Pike's Peak.
Start off your visit on the 10th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings, then look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, and then contemplate the long history of Old Homestead House Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 11th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op and then explore the activities along Manitou Springs Incline.

To see maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Manitou Springs day trip planner .

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Manitou Springs by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and bus. In August, daytime highs in Manitou Springs are 80°F, while nighttime lows are 52°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Manitou Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Old Homestead House Museum
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Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
Old Homestead House Museum ©
Old Homestead House Museum

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