12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Drive + Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Cortez
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Breckenridge
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
4
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Grand Junction
— 2 nights
Fly:  3​h 15​min
6
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly + bus:  8​h
End: New York City

2
nights
Cortez

Cortez ©
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Start off your visit on the 15th (Thu): admire all the interesting features of Majestic Dude Ranch.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Cortez trip itinerary maker tool .

New York City to Cortez is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Cortez due to the time zone difference. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from New York City in March: highs in Cortez hover around 56°F, while lows dip to 24°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sat) so you can travel to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Majestic Dude Ranch, Spruce Tree House
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Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Cortez Cultural Center ©
Cortez Cultural Center

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. Kick off your visit on the 17th (Sat): look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Cortez to Pagosa Springs in 2 hours. Traveling from Cortez in March, you will find days in Pagosa Springs are a bit cooler (49°F), and nights are about the same (22°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sun) so you can go by car to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park

2
nights
Breckenridge

Breckenridge ©
Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
On the 18th (Sun), relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then fly down the slopes at Frisco Adventure Park. On the next day, tour the pleasant surroundings at Arapahoe Basin.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Breckenridge holiday planning site .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Breckenridge takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in March, plan for cooler days in Breckenridge, with highs around 28°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 16°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Tue) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Arapahoe Basin, Frisco Adventure Park
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Arapahoe Basin ©
Arapahoe Basin
Frisco Adventure Park ©
Frisco Adventure Park
Spas & Wellness

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.
Get outdoors at Aspen Mountain / Ajax and Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail. Explore hidden gems such as Sunlight Mountain Resort and Hanging Lake. There's more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Glenwood Springs road trip planning site .

You can drive from Breckenridge to Glenwood Springs in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Breckenridge in March; daily highs in Glenwood Springs reach 35°F and lows reach 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Junction.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Aspen Mountain / Ajax
Highlights from your plan
Sunlight Mountain Resort ©
Sunlight Mountain Resort
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Aspen Mountain / Ajax ©
Aspen Mountain / Ajax

2
nights
Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 23rd (Fri): wander the streets of Downtown Grand Junction, then take in the awesome beauty at Colorado National Monument, and then take in the awesome beauty at Grand Mesa. Keep things going the next day: do a tasting at Meadery of the Rockies, do a tasting at Maison La Belle Vie Winery & Amy's Courtyard, and then learn about winemaking at Hermosa Vineyards.

To find maps, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Grand Junction trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Grand Junction takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a train. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in March, expect nights in Grand Junction to be somewhat warmer, around 31°F, while days are much warmer, around 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Grand Junction

Parks Wineries Wildlife

Side Trips

Palisade, Colorado National Monument
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Colorado National Monument ©
Colorado National Monument
Hermosa Vineyards ©
Hermosa Vineyards
Grand Mesa ©
Grand Mesa

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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.
On the 25th (Sun), look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center and then take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods.

To find more things to do, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Colorado Springs road trip planner.

You can fly from Grand Junction to Colorado Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. In March in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 28°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife

Side Trip

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park

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