15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly + Drive:  7​h
1
Copper Mountain
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  15​min
3
New Castle
— 1 night
Drive:  45​min
4
Rifle
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
7
Mosca
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
8
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Chicago

2
nights
Copper Mountain

Copper Mountain ©
Copper Mountain has been added to your itinerary. On the 23rd (Sat), fly down the slopes at Copper Mountain. On the 24th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to New Village and then identify plant and animal life at Montgomery Reservoir.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Copper Mountain tour builder site .

Chicago to Copper Mountain is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. Plan for a bit cooler temperatures traveling from Chicago in March, with highs in Copper Mountain at 33°F and lows at 19°F. On the 25th (Mon), you'll travel to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Copper Mountain

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trip

Montgomery Reservoir
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Copper Mountain ©
Copper Mountain
Montgomery Reservoir ©
Montgomery Reservoir

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.
You've now added Hanging Lake to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sat): contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake. Keep things going the next day: view the masterpieces at Cooper Corner Gallery, then admire the engineering at Rifle Gap State Park, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers.

For maps, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Glenwood Springs trip itinerary planning app .

Chicago to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and bus. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Chicago to Glenwood Springs, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Chicago in March, things will get little chillier in Glenwood Springs: highs are around 35°F and lows about 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Mon) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Theme Parks Nature Parks

Side Trip

Rifle Gap State Park
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Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park ©
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake
Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park

1
night
New Castle

New Castle ©
The Town of New Castle is a Home Rule Municipality in Garfield County, Colorado, United States. Rocky Mountains has been added to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Tue): tee off at Lakota Canyon Golf Course and then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Rocky Mountains.

To find traveler tips, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, use the New Castle travel route planner.

New Castle is just a short distance from Glenwood Springs. While traveling from Glenwood Springs, expect warmer days and a bit warmer nights in New Castle, ranging from highs of 57°F to lows of 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in New Castle

Golf Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
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Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains

1
night
Rifle

Rifle ©
The City of Rifle is a Home Rule Municipality in Garfield County, Colorado, United States. You've now added Rifle Falls to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 27th (Wed): contemplate the waterfront views at Rifle Gap State Park, admire the sheer force of Rifle Falls, and then have fun at Rifle Creek Golf Course.

To find photos, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Rifle trip planner .

Rifle is very close to New Castle. In March, daytime highs in Rifle are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Rifle

Nature Beaches Parks
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Rifle Gap State Park ©
Rifle Gap State Park
Rifle Creek Golf Course ©
Rifle Creek Golf Course

1
night
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 30th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Long House, then trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then admire all the interesting features of Ruins Road.

To find reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park itinerary builder .

Getting from Rifle to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 5.5 hours. In March in Mesa Verde National Park, expect temperatures between 59°F during the day and 24°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Outdoors Historic Sites Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

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. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Wolf Creek Ski Resort as well as The Springs Resort & Spa. On the 31st (Sun), stroll through Wolf Creek Ski Resort, then ride a horse along Diamond Hitch Stables, then look for gifts at The Choke Cherry Tree, and finally trek along Fourmile Falls Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the activities along San Juan River Walk and then witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa.

To find more things to do, reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs holiday maker website .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in March: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 51°F, while lows dip to 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Mosca.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
Diamond Hitch Stables ©
Diamond Hitch Stables
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk

2
nights
Mosca

Mosca ©
Mosca is an unincorporated community and a U.S. You've now added Great Sand Dunes National Park to your itinerary. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): admire nature's extreme beauty at Great Sand Dunes National Park. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Fri): get great views at UFO Watchtower and then identify plant and animal life at Colorado Gators Reptile Park.

To find more things to do, ratings, photos, and tourist information, go to the Mosca trip planner .

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Mosca in 4 hours. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in March, expect a bit cooler with lows of 18°F in Mosca. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Fri) early enough to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mosca

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

UFO Watchtower
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Gators Reptile Park ©
Colorado Gators Reptile Park
Great Sand Dunes National Park ©
Great Sand Dunes National Park
UFO Watchtower ©
UFO Watchtower

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Garden of the Gods. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, then get in on the family fun at North Pole - Santa's Workshop, and then steep yourself in history at Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site. Here are some ideas for day two: tee off at The Broadmoor Golf Courses, steep yourself in history at Peterson Air & Space Museum, and then enjoy some music at Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center at Colorado College.

To find photos, more things to do, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs driving holiday planning website .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. March in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 28°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 30th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Historic Sites Golf Outdoors

Side Trips

North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
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Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site ©
Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center

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