13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly + taxi:  9​h 30​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Montrose
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Crested Butte
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
7
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Detroit

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 22nd (Thu): examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum. Keep things going the next day: tour the pleasant surroundings at Petroglyph Point Hike, then get engrossed in the history at Cortez Cultural Center, then learn more about the world around you at The Anasazi Heritage Center, and finally examine the collection at Rio Grande Southern Railroad Museum..

For other places to visit, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park driving holiday planner .

Detroit to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Detroit in March, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are a bit warmer (60°F), and nights are about the same (25°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Dolores, Cortez Cultural Center
Highlights from your plan
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum

2
nights
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.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Sun): look for gifts at Honeyville, fly down the slopes at Durango Snowbike Experience, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Purgatory Resort. Keep things going the next day: browse the exhibits of Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, explore the striking landscape of San Juan National Forest, and then view the masterpieces at Toh-Atin Gallery.

To see other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Durango online driving holiday planner .

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in March, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Durango: temperatures range from 53°F by day to 24°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery

2
nights
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. On the 27th (Tue), fly down the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: examine the collection at San Juan Historical Museum, then savor the flavors at The Choke Cherry Tree, and then soothe aching muscles at The Springs Resort & Spa.

For where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs trip planner .

Traveling by car from Durango to Pagosa Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. March in Pagosa Springs sees daily highs of 49°F and lows of 22°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Montrose.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
San Juan Historical Museum ©
San Juan Historical Museum

1
night
Montrose

Montrose ©
The City of Montrose is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Montrose County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Ute Indian Museum, take an in-depth tour of Museum of the Mountain West, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Montrose Botanic Gardens.

To see more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Montrose route planner .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Montrose in 4 hours. In March, Montrose is somewhat warmer than Pagosa Springs - with highs of 55°F and lows of 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Crested Butte.

Things to do in Montrose

Museums Parks
Highlights from your plan
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West
Ute Indian Museum ©
Ute Indian Museum
Montrose Botanic Gardens ©
Montrose Botanic Gardens

1
night
Crested Butte

Crested Butte ©
Crested Butte is a home rule municipality in Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. On the 30th (Fri), tour the pleasant surroundings at Crested Butte Nordic Center and then mingle with the ghosts of the past at Crested Butte Mountain Resort.

To see ratings, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Crested Butte online trip itinerary builder .

Drive from Montrose to Crested Butte in 2 hours. In March, Crested Butte is slightly colder than Montrose - with highs of 42°F and lows of 16°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Crested Butte

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
Highlights from your plan
Crested Butte Mountain Resort ©
Crested Butte Mountain Resort

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.
Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake, fly down the slopes at Sunlight Mountain Resort, and then appreciate the history behind Doc Holliday's Grave. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Sun): relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers and then stroll through Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail.

To see reviews, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Crested Butte to Glenwood Springs in 4 hours. While traveling from Crested Butte, expect slightly colder days and somewhat warmer nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 35°F to lows of 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 1st (Sun) to allow time for the car ride to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Sunlight Mountain Resort ©
Sunlight Mountain Resort
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake

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 2nd (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods, explore the activities along Manitou Springs Incline, and then examine the collection at Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center. Keep things going the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Helen Hunt Falls and then learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip planner .

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Colorado Springs by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or fly. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in April, plan for much hotter days in Colorado Springs, with highs around 61°F, while nights are somewhat warmer with lows around 34°F. On the 3rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, Manitou Springs Incline
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline

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