13 days in Colorado Itinerary

13 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
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Durango
— 2 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Vail
— 1 night
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Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights

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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, then expand your horizons at The Choke Cherry Tree, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Bath House (Hot Springs) @ The Springs Resort & Spa.

For more things to do, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs sightseeing planner.

Saint Louis to Pagosa Springs is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and taxi. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Saint Louis to Pagosa Springs due to the time zone difference. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Saint Louis in May: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 63°F, while lows dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

North Clear Creek Falls
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Fourmile Falls Trail ©
Fourmile Falls Trail
North Clear Creek Falls ©
North Clear Creek Falls
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk

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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 18th (Mon): take in the exciting artwork at Toh-Atin Gallery and then hit the slopes at Purgatory Resort. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shop like a local with Scenic Aperture Gallery, trek along Animas River Trail, and then admire all the interesting features of Million Dollar Highway.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, refer to the Durango online holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In May, daily temperatures in Durango can reach 68°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Parks · Scenic Drive

Side Trip

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

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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.
On the 20th (Wed), make a trip to Park Point, explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and finally steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then hike along Spruce Canyon Trail, and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

To find where to stay, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park holiday maker site.

Getting from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. May in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 72°F and lows of 38°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Thu) early enough to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Trails
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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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Estes Park

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Benson Park Sculpture Garden and The Beach at Grand Lake. For shopping fun, head to Mountain Blown Glass or Brownfield's. Change things up with a short trip to Winter Park Resort in Winter Park (about 2h 45 min away). There's still lots to do: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour.

For other places to visit, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Estes Park trip itinerary maker website.

Traveling by flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In May, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife

Side Trips

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

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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.
On the 25th (Mon), stroll through Beaver Creek Ski Area.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Vail trip itinerary planner.

Drive from Estes Park to Vail in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and bus. While traveling from Estes Park, expect colder days and a bit cooler nights in Vail, ranging from highs of 44°F to lows of 31°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 25th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks

Side Trip

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

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Steamboat Springs

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Tue): take in the architecture and atmosphere at Holy Name Catholic Church, then see what you can catch with a fishing tour, and then hike along Yampa River Core Trail. On the 27th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: shop like a local with Circle 7 Fine Art Gallery, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then get advice or help at Tread of Pioneers Museum.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Vail to Steamboat Springs takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Vail in May, expect nights in Steamboat Springs to be about the same, around 35°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Yampa River Core Trail ©
Yampa River Core Trail
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum

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