12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Lima
Fly:  15​h
1
Snowmass Village
— 1 day
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
3
Crested Butte
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
bus:  1​h
6
Denver
— 3 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  13​h 30​min
End: Lima

1
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Snowmass Village

Snowmass Village ©
Snowmass Village is a Home Rule Municipality in Pitkin County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 14th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Aspen Snowmass and then look for gifts at Snowmass Sports.

To find photos, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Snowmass Village attractions planning tool .

Lima, Peru to Snowmass Village is an approximately 15-hour flight. Traveling from Lima to Snowmass Village, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Lima in January, with highs in Snowmass Village at 1°C and lows at -15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to travel to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Snowmass Village

#Parks, #Outdoors, #Winter Sports
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Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
Snowmass Sports ©
Snowmass Sports

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Tue): see human ingenuity at work at Rifle Gap State Park and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. On the 16th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: tee off at Gypsum Creek Golf Course and then trek along Hanging Lake Trail.

To find more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Snowmass Village to Glenwood Springs takes an hour. When traveling from Snowmass Village in January, plan for a bit cooler days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around -3°C, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around -9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Wed) early enough to travel to Crested Butte.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

#Outdoors, #Parks, #Spas

Side Trips

Gypsum Creek Golf Course, Rifle Gap State Park
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Thermal Spas
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park

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night
Crested Butte

Crested Butte ©
Crested Butte is a home rule municipality in Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. On the 17th (Thu), see a world frozen in time at Crested Butte Mountain Resort and then tee off at The Club at Crested Butte.

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You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Crested Butte in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be cooler in Crested Butte, with lows of -23°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Crested Butte

#Outdoors, #Golf, #Parks
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Crested Butte Mountain Resort ©
Crested Butte Mountain Resort
The Club at Crested Butte ©
The Club at Crested Butte

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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.
On the 18th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Long House, then trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

Before you visit Mesa Verde National Park, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Drive from Crested Butte to Mesa Verde National Park in 5.5 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Crested Butte in January: high temperatures in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 6°C and lows are around -12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

#Historic Sites, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, find something for the whole family at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, then step into the grandiose world of Glen Eyrie Castle, and finally explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods. On your second day here, admire nature's wide array of creatures at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, see the interesting displays at Penrose Heritage Museum, then take in the exciting artwork at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and finally wander the streets of Old Colorado City Historic District.

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Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In January, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 9°C, while nighttime lows are -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sun) so you can take a bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

#Parks, #Museums, #Historic Sites

Side Trips

North Pole - Santa's Workshop, Commonwheel Artists Co-op
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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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.
Popular historic sites such as 16th Street Mall and History Colorado, Grant Humphreys Mansion are in your itinerary. Head to Pearl Street Mall and Southlandsfor some retail therapy. And it doesn't end there: look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, pause for some serene contemplation at St. John's Cathedral, contemplate the long history of Union Station, and take in the views from Denver Millennium Bridge.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Denver trip planner .

Take a bus from Colorado Springs to Denver in an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of flight and train. In January in Denver, expect temperatures between 7°C during the day and -7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

#Historic Sites, #Shopping, #Parks

Side Trips

Aurora, Pearl Street Mall
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16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science
Denver Art Museum ©
Denver Art Museum

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