13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly + taxi:  8​h
1
Steamboat Springs
— 3 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + shuttle:  5​h
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Detroit

3
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of Northwest Colorado and Steamboat Art Museum. Do some cultural sightseeing at Wyman Living History Museum and Tread of Pioneers Museum. There's lots more to do: take in the natural beauty of Old Town Hot Springs, take in the waterfront at Rotary Park Boardwalk, stroll through Yampa River Core Trail, and hit the slopes at Howelsen Hill Ski Area.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs trip itinerary planner.

Detroit to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 8-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Detroit to Steamboat Springs is minus 2 hours. Traveling from Detroit in March, Steamboat Springs is slightly colder at night with lows of 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trip

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Howelsen Hill Ski Area ©
Howelsen Hill Ski Area
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum
Museum of Northwest Colorado ©
Museum of Northwest Colorado

3
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.
Let the collections at The Anasazi Heritage Center and Cortez Cultural Center capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Petroglyph Point Hike and Spruce Canyon Trail. Take a break from Mesa Verde National Park with a short trip to Hovenweep National Monument in Cortez, about 1h 25 min away. And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, and contemplate the long history of Balcony House.

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You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Steamboat Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in March, plan for a bit warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 60°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Wed) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cortez, The Anasazi Heritage Center
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center

3
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 29th (Thu), examine the collection at San Juan Historical Museum, identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and then relax and rejuvenate at The Springs Resort & Spa. Here are some ideas for day two: tour the pleasant surroundings at Wolf Creek Ski Resort.

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You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. While traveling from Mesa Verde National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of 49°F to lows of 22°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Sat) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
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Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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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.
You'll explore and learn at Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center and National Museum of World War II Aviation. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Glen Eyrie Castle and Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center in Divide (about 42 minutes away). There's lots more to do: identify plant and animal life at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center, examine the collection at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls, and hike along Manitou Springs Incline.

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You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Colorado Springs in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in March, expect Colorado Springs to be somewhat warmer, temps between 57°F and 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, Manitou Springs Incline
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Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline

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