15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
Fly:  7​h 15​min
1
Aspen
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 45​min
2
Mosca
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
6
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
7
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + bus + subway:  6​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Mon): identify plant and animal life at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area.

To find where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, go to the Aspen road trip app .

Washington DC to Aspen is an approximately 7.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of train and flight; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Washington DC to Aspen due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Washington DC in April, you will find days in Aspen are a bit cooler (53°F), and nights are cooler (27°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Tue) early enough to travel to Mosca.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area, Aspen Snowmass
Highlights from your plan
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

3
nights
Mosca

Mosca ©
Mosca is an unincorporated community and a U.S. Visiting Great Sand Dunes National Park and High Dune Trail will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge and Colorado Gators Reptile Park. There's more to do: explore the striking landscape of Rio Grande National Forest.

To see traveler tips, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Mosca travel planner .

You can drive from Aspen to Mosca in 3 hours. When traveling from Aspen in April, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mosca: temperatures range from 60°F by day to 25°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mosca

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

High Dune Trail, Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge, Rio Grande National Forest
Highlights from your plan
Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge ©
Colorado Gators Reptile Park ©
Colorado Gators Reptile Park
Great Sand Dunes National Park ©
Great Sand Dunes National Park

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. Get outdoors at Wolf Creek Ski Resort and Treasure Falls. Get some cultural insight at Two Old Crows and Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery. Next up on the itinerary: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedra River Trail, identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and explore the activities along San Juan River Walk.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs trip website .

You can drive from Mosca to Pagosa Springs in 2 hours. In April, daytime highs in Pagosa Springs are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Mon) early enough to drive 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
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail

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 16th (Tue): admire the masterpieces at Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, then get engrossed in the history at The Anasazi Heritage Center, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: hike along Spruce Canyon Trail, then trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then don't miss a visit to Park Point.

Plan my day in Mesa Verde National Park using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Pagosa Springs in April: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trips

The Anasazi Heritage Center, Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

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.
On the 18th (Thu), identify plant and animal life at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 19th (Fri): contemplate the waterfront views at Manitou Springs Incline and then look for all kinds of wild species at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip planner.

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in April, you will find days in Colorado Springs are little chillier (60°F), and nights are about the same (33°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, North Pole - Santa's Workshop, Manitou Springs Incline
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park

1
night
Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Sat): soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Hallett Peak.

For maps, photos, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Rocky Mountain National Park holiday maker .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. April in Rocky Mountain National Park sees daily highs of 64°F and lows of 35°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Wildlife Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

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 21st (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Yampa River Core Trail and then look for all kinds of wild species at Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly down the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park.

To see reviews, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read Steamboat Springs online trip builder .

You can drive from Rocky Mountain National Park to Steamboat Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Rocky Mountain National Park in April, expect Steamboat Springs to be little chillier, temps between 52°F and 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park

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