12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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12 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Hot Springs
Drive:  18​h 30​min
1
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Buena Vista
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
3
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
6
Denver
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  4​h 15​min
7
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
8
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Hot Springs

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night
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.
To see where to stay, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Glenwood Springs travel planner .

Hot Springs to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 8-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Hot Springs to Glenwood Springs. In May, Glenwood Springs is much colder than Hot Springs - with highs of 50°F and lows of 35°F. On the 23rd (Wed), you'll travel to Buena Vista.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Tours

1
night
Buena Vista

Buena Vista
The Town of Buena Vista is a Statutory Town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. To find photos, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Buena Vista road trip planning website .

Drive from Glenwood Springs to Buena Vista in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in May, expect nights in Buena Vista to be about the same, around 34°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 62°F. You'll set off for Canon City on the 23rd (Wed).

Things to do in Buena Vista

Outdoors Parks Tours

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night
Canon City

Canon City ©
Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
On the 24th (Thu), take in breathtaking views at Royal Gorge Bridge and Park.

For more things to do, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, read Canon City online journey planner .

Getting from Buena Vista to Canon City by combination of bus and car takes about 2 hours. Other options: drive. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Buena Vista in May, with highs in Canon City at 77°F and lows at 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Canon City

Transportation Wildlife Parks
Highlights from your plan
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park ©
Royal Gorge Bridge and Park

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nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
You've now added Pikes Peak to your itinerary. On the 25th (Fri), admire all the interesting features of Pikes Peak, appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District, then explore the ancient world of Manitou Cliff Dwellings, and finally explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs route builder tool .

Traveling by car from Canon City to Colorado Springs takes 1.5 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Canon City in May: highs in Colorado Springs hover around 69°F, while lows dip to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Sat) early enough to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Old Colorado City ©
Old Colorado City

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nights
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sat): trek along Emerald Lake Trail and then get to know the fascinating history of Wild Basin Area. Keep things going the next day: kick back and relax at The Beach at Grand Lake and then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Mon) early enough to drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Parks Beaches

Side Trip

The Beach at Grand Lake
Highlights from your plan
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Wild Basin Area ©
Wild Basin Area

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night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Mon): stop by Tattered Cover Book Store. On the next day, identify plant and animal life at Cherry Creek State Park.

To find maps, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Denver trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and train. In May, daytime highs in Denver are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. On the 29th (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Winter Sports Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Cherry Creek State Park
Highlights from your plan
Cherry Creek State Park ©
Cherry Creek State Park
Tattered Cover Bookstore ©
Tattered Cover Bookstore

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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.
You've now added Cliff Palace to your itinerary. On the 30th (Wed), explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: make a trip to Four Corners Monument and then take a memorable drive along Million Dollar Highway.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park day trip planning app .

Getting from Denver to Mesa Verde National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and car; or drive. When traveling from Denver in May, plan for a bit warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 74°F, while nights are slightly colder with lows around 38°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Fri) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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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. Treasure Falls has been added to your itinerary. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa, then savor the flavors at The Choke Cherry Tree, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls.

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Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, you will find days in Pagosa Springs are little chillier (79°F), and nights are about the same (44°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 4th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort

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