13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Detroit
Fly:  7​h 30​min
1
Cortez
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Crested Butte
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Keystone
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
6
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Detroit

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.
On the 22nd (Thu), explore the ancient world of Hovenweep National Monument.

For where to stay, maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Cortez trip planner .

Detroit to Cortez is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Detroit to Cortez due to the time zone difference. While traveling from Detroit, expect a bit warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Cortez, ranging from highs of 56°F to lows of 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sat) so you can travel to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Cortez

Parks Historic Sites Trails

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Dolores
Highlights from your plan
Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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. Kick off your visit on the 24th (Sat): fly down the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Piedra River Trail, identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa.

To find photos, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs trip itinerary builder website .

You can drive from Cortez to Pagosa Springs in 2 hours. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Cortez in March: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 49°F, while lows dip to 22°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can travel to Crested Butte.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park

2
nights
Crested Butte

Crested Butte ©
Crested Butte is a home rule municipality in Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Mon): admire all the interesting features of Crested Butte Mountain Resort and then take an in-depth tour of Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum. On the 27th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly down the slopes at Crested Butte Nordic Center, then take in the waterfront activity at Blue Mesa Fishing, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Montanya Distillers.

To see traveler tips, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Crested Butte trip planner.

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Crested Butte takes 4 hours. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in March, expect Crested Butte to be little chillier, temps between 42°F and 16°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Wed) so you can travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Crested Butte

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Blue Mesa Fishing
Highlights from your plan
Crested Butte Mountain Resort ©
Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Montanya Distillers ©
Montanya Distillers

2
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Explore hidden gems such as Buttermilk Mountain and Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area. Get in touch with nature at Aspen Mountain / Ajax and Aspen Snowmass.

For reviews, photos, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip itinerary builder website .

Drive from Crested Butte to Aspen in 4.5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Aspen are 45°F, while nighttime lows are 20°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Fri) so you can travel to Keystone.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, Aspen Snowmass
Highlights from your plan
Aspen Mountain / Ajax ©
Aspen Mountain / Ajax
Buttermilk Mountain ©
Buttermilk Mountain
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass

1
night
Keystone

Keystone ©
Keystone is a census-designated place (CDP) in Summit County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 31st (Sat): fly down the slopes at Arapahoe Basin.

Start your trip to Keystone by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

You can do a combination of car and shuttle from Aspen to Keystone in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and shuttle. When traveling from Aspen in March, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Keystone: temperatures range from 28°F by day to 16°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Sat) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Keystone

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Arapahoe Basin ©
Arapahoe Basin

3
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center and Glen Eyrie Castle. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center and Manitou Springs Incline. And it doesn't end there: take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, identify plant and animal life at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center, admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls, and brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation.

To find reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Keystone to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or take a shuttle. Traveling from Keystone in March, expect nights in Colorado Springs to be somewhat warmer, around 28°F, while days are much warmer, around 57°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 Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, Manitou Springs Incline
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline

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