12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Boracay
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  28​h
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Estes Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + Drive:  28​h
End: Boracay

1
day
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 24th (Tue): take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods and then look for all kinds of wild species at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center.

To see ratings, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs online trip maker .

Boracay, Philippines to Colorado Springs is an approximately 28-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Boracay to Colorado Springs is minus 15 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Boracay in July since evenings lows in Colorado Springs dip to 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Two Old Crows, relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, stop by Made in Colorado Shoppe, then take in the exciting artwork at Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Lantern Dancer.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Pagosa Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from Colorado Springs in July, with highs in Pagosa Springs at 32°C and lows at 12°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Shopping Museums
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Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery ©
Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery
Two Old Crows ©
Two Old Crows
Made in Colorado Shoppe ©
Made in Colorado Shoppe

1
night
Durango

Durango ©
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Thu): view the masterpieces at Toh-Atin Gallery, then admire the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, then examine the collection at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, and finally examine the collection at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Durango trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Durango in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. July in Durango sees daily highs of 35°C and lows of 14°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Museums Shopping Tours
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Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery
Earthen Vessel Gallery ©
Earthen Vessel Gallery

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 27th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. On your second day here, learn more about the world around you at The Anasazi Heritage Center, explore the world behind art at Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

To see maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park holiday maker app .

Traveling by car from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In July in Mesa Verde National Park, expect temperatures between 38°C during the day and 15°C at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) so you can travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, The Anasazi Heritage Center
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Long House ©
Long House

3
nights
Estes Park

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Downtown Estes Park and Images of Rocky Mountain National Park. Shop till you drop at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures and Earthwood Artisans. Change things up with these side-trips from Estes Park: New Belgium Brewing (in Fort Collins) and Benson Park Sculpture Garden (in Loveland). And it doesn't end there: relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, look for gifts at Purple Mountain Taffy Company, capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and take in the exciting artwork at The Studio Fine Art and Framing.

For maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Estes Park road trip planner .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park in 5.5 hours. Another option is to drive. Expect a daytime high around 38°C in July, and nighttime lows around 17°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Shopping Neighborhoods Wildlife

Side Trips

New Belgium Brewing Company, Benson Park Sculpture Garden, Glen Haven General Store
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Benson Park Sculpture Garden ©
Benson Park Sculpture Garden
Snowy Peaks Winery ©
Snowy Peaks Winery

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