12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Fort Leonard Wood
Fly + Drive:  11​h 30​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Palisade
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  11​h 45​min
End: Fort Leonard Wood

1
night
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 12th (Tue): learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, see the interesting displays at Penrose Heritage Museum, then stroll around Garden of the Gods, and finally take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral.

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Fort Leonard Wood to Colorado Springs is an approximately 12.5-hour car ride. You can also do a combination of flight and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Fort Leonard Wood to Colorado Springs is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Fort Leonard Wood in November, Colorado Springs is slightly colder at night with lows of 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Museums Parks Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Penrose Heritage Museum ©
Penrose Heritage Museum
St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral ©
St. Mary's Catholic Cathedral

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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, delve into the distant past at Long House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mesa Verde National Park.

To find reviews, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

Do a combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. In November, daytime highs in Mesa Verde National Park are 55°F, while nighttime lows are 24°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Thu) early enough to travel to Palisade.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

2
nights
Palisade

Palisade ©
Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Fri): learn about winemaking at Maison la Belle Vie Winery, learn about winemaking at Mesa Park Vineyards, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Colorado National Monument. On the next day, trek along Crag Crest Trail, learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies, and then do a tasting at Canyon Wind Cellars.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Palisade online travel planner .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Palisade by car takes about 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 53°F in November, and nighttime lows around 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Palisade

Parks Wildlife Wineries

Side Trips

Colorado National Monument, Crag Crest Trail
Highlights from your plan
Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Mesa Park Vineyards ©
Mesa Park Vineyards
Crag Crest Trail ©
Crag Crest Trail

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to Maroon Lake Scenic Trail and Rio Grande Trail. When in Glenwood Springs, make a side trip to see Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, approximately 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: test the waters at a local thermal spa and take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains.

For more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs attractions planner.

You can drive from Palisade to Glenwood Springs in 1.5 hours. Prepare for slightly colder weather when traveling from Palisade in November: high temperatures in Glenwood Springs hover around 35°F and lows are around 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) early enough to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Aspen, Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Thermal Spas
Buttermilk Mountain ©
Buttermilk Mountain

3
nights
Estes Park

More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
On the 20th (Wed), identify plant and animal life at Sheep Lakes, cruise along Trail Ridge Road, then appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook, then get a taste of the local shopping with The Studio Fine Art and Framing, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas. Here are some ideas for day two: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, then take in the exciting artwork at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, then view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and finally brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dancing Pines Distillery.

To find photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Estes Park journey planner.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Estes Park in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of train and car. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect warmer days and about the same nights in Estes Park, ranging from highs of 57°F to lows of 27°F. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Spas

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