13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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13 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Saint Louis
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 45​min
1
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Vail
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
6
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Saint Louis

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 15th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Fourmile Falls Trail, look for gifts at The Choke Cherry Tree, and then take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa.

To find where to stay, maps, and tourist information, read Pagosa Springs trip planner .

Saint Louis to Pagosa Springs is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Saint Louis to Pagosa Springs. While traveling from Saint Louis, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of 63°F to lows of 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Sun) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Trails

Side Trip

North Clear Creek Falls
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The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
North Clear Creek Falls ©
North Clear Creek Falls

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.
Kick off your visit on the 18th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Toh-Atin Gallery and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Purgatory Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Scenic Aperture Gallery, stroll through Animas River Trail, and then explore and take pictures at Million Dollar Highway.

To see reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Durango online vacation planner .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In May, plan for daily highs up to 68°F, and evening lows to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Million Dollar Highway
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Million Dollar Highway ©
Million Dollar Highway
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail
Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery

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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): make a trip to Park Point, delve into the distant past at Far View Sites, then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. On the next day, examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then trek along Spruce Canyon Trail, and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

To see traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Mesa Verde National Park can reach 72°F, while at night they dip to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) so you can travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Trails Parks
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Long House ©
Long House
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum

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nights
Estes Park

More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Benson Park Sculpture Garden and Mountain Blown Glass. Take a break from the city and head to The Beach at Grand Lake and Photography Tours. Step out of Estes Park with an excursion to Winter Park Resort in Winter Park--about 1h 25 min away. There's more to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and look for gifts at Brownfield's.

To see maps, other places to visit, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Estes Park online trip planner .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In May, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 70°F, while at night they dip to 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) so you can go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

The Beach at Grand Lake, Winter Park Resort, Benson Park Sculpture Garden
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Spas
Benson Park Sculpture Garden ©
Benson Park Sculpture Garden
Mountain Blown Glass ©
Mountain Blown Glass

1
night
Vail

Vail ©
Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Mon): hit the slopes at Beaver Creek Ski Area and then take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To find traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Vail online itinerary builder .

Drive from Estes Park to Vail in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. While traveling from Estes Park, expect cooler days and a bit cooler nights in Vail, ranging from highs of 44°F to lows of 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Mon) so you can drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Beaver Creek Ski Area
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Beaver Creek Ski Area ©
Beaver Creek Ski Area

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Name Catholic Church, take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports, and then trek along Yampa River Core Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Circle 7 Fine Art Gallery, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then contemplate the long history of Tread of Pioneers Museum.

For traveler tips, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs tour itinerary website .

Traveling by car from Vail to Steamboat Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Vail in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Steamboat Springs: temperatures range from 61°F by day to 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
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Fishing Charters & Tours
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum
Spas

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