12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Snowmass Village
— 1 day
2
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
3
Crested Butte
— 1 night
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
6
Denver
— 3 nights

1
day
Snowmass Village

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

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read our Snowmass Village trip itinerary planning website.

Lima, Peru to Snowmass Village is an approximately 15.5-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from Peru Standard Time (PET) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. In January, Snowmass Village is colder than Lima - with highs of °C and lows of °C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Snowmass Village

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
Highlights from your plan
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
Snowmass Sports ©
Snowmass Sports

2
nights
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 15th (Tue), admire the majestic nature at Rifle Gap State Park and then boost your wellbeing at a local thermal spa. On your second day here, play a few rounds at Gypsum Creek Golf Course and then stroll through Hanging Lake Trail.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, read Glenwood Springs trip planner.

You can drive from Snowmass Village to Glenwood Springs in an hour. While traveling from Snowmass Village, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of °C to lows of °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Wed) so you can go by car to Crested Butte.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Spas

Side Trips

Gypsum Creek Golf Course, Rifle Gap State Park
Highlights from your plan
Hanging Lake Trail ©
Hanging Lake Trail
Thermal Spas
Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park

1
night
Crested Butte

Crested Butte ©
Crested Butte is a home rule municipality in Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Thu): see a world frozen in time at Crested Butte Mountain Resort and then play a few rounds at The Club at Crested Butte.

To see maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Crested Butte day trip app.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Crested Butte in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in January, expect much colder with lows of °C in Crested Butte. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Crested Butte

Outdoors Golf Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Crested Butte Mountain Resort ©
Crested Butte Mountain Resort
The Club at Crested Butte ©
The Club at Crested Butte

1
night
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, trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, thendelve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

For traveler tips, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Crested Butte to Mesa Verde National Park in 5.5 hours. Traveling from Crested Butte in January, things will get somewhat warmer in Mesa Verde National Park: highs are around °C and lows about °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sat): brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, thenget in on the family fun at North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, thenstep into the grandiose world of Glen Eyrie Castle, and finally stroll around Garden of the Gods. On the 20th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, examine the collection at Penrose Heritage Museum, thenshop like a local with Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City.

Plan trip to Colorado Springs with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.

Traveling by flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In January, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sun) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Commonwheel Artists Co-op
Highlights from your plan
National Museum of World War II Aviation ©
National Museum of World War II Aviation
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City
Penrose Heritage Museum ©
Penrose Heritage Museum

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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 Grant-Humphreys Mansion are in your itinerary. Head to Denver Botanic Gardens and Southlandsfor plenty of shopping. Step out of Denver to go to Boulder and see Pearl Street Mall, which is approximately 32 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: steep yourself in history at Denver Union Station, immerse yourself in nature at Cherry Creek State Park, look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, and take in the views from Denver Millennium Bridge.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Denver trip planner.

Getting from Colorado Springs to Denver by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or take a train. In January, daily temperatures in Denver can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Shopping Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Aurora, Pearl Street Mall
Highlights from your plan
Denver Union Station ©
Denver Union Station
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

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