15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Minneapolis
Fly + taxi:  4​h
1
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h
3
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Mosca
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  7​h
End: Minneapolis

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Visiting Howelsen Hill Ski Area and Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area will get you outdoors. Discover out-of-the-way places like Yampa River Core Trail and Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge. There's more to do: take an in-depth tour of Tread of Pioneers Museum and hit the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park.

For reviews, photos, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs road trip planning site .

Minneapolis to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 4-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Minneapolis in April since evenings lows in Steamboat Springs dip to 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Howelsen Hill Ski Area ©
Howelsen Hill Ski Area
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum

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.
On the 16th (Tue), appreciate the history behind Doc Holliday's Grave and then fly down the slopes at Aspen Snowmass. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 17th (Wed): explore the activities along Hanging Lake, shop like a local with Cooper Corner Gallery, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunlight Mountain Resort.

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You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in April, plan for slightly colder days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 38°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 25°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Aspen Snowmass
Highlights from your plan
Sunlight Mountain Resort ©
Sunlight Mountain Resort
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center and then look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the sheer force of Helen Hunt Falls, then view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and then trek along Manitou Springs Incline.

For maps, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs holiday planning site .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Colorado Springs takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of shuttle and flight. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect much warmer days and somewhat warmer nights in Colorado Springs, ranging from highs of 60°F to lows of 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Mosca.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
Helen Hunt Falls ©
Helen Hunt Falls

3
nights
Mosca

Mosca ©
Mosca is an unincorporated community and a U.S. Take a break from the city and head to Colorado Gators Reptile Park and Zapata Falls. Discover out-of-the-way places like Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge and Great Sand Dunes National Park. Step out of Mosca to go to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve and see High Dune Trail, which is approximately 32 minutes away.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, read our Mosca route planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Mosca takes 3 hours. Traveling from Colorado Springs in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of 25°F in Mosca. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can travel to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mosca

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

High Dune Trail, Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Gators Reptile Park ©
Colorado Gators Reptile Park
Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge ©
Zapata Falls ©
Zapata Falls

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 23rd (Tue): contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk, then identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hit the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort.

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Traveling by car from Mosca to Pagosa Springs takes 2 hours. In April in Pagosa Springs, expect temperatures between 57°F during the day and 29°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Wed) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park

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.
Your inner history buff will appreciate Petroglyph Point Hike and Spruce Tree House. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Anasazi Heritage Center and Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Hovenweep National Monument in Cortez (about 1h 25 min away). The adventure continues: cruise along Ruins Road, trek along Spruce Canyon Trail, and explore the ancient world of Balcony House.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park vacation planner.

Drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. While traveling from Pagosa Springs, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cortez, The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike
Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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