15 days in Colorado Itinerary

15 days in Colorado Itinerary

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15 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Washington DC
+3
subway + bus + Fly + taxi:  6​h 30​min
1
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Fort Collins
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
Mosca
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  9​h 30​min
End: Washington DC

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Step out of the city life by going to Yampa River Core Trail and Yampa River Botanic Park. Discover out-of-the-way places like Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area and Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge. There's more to do: tour the pleasant surroundings at Steamboat Powdercats.

To see reviews, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs trip itinerary builder .

Washington DC to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of subway, bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Washington DC to Steamboat Springs, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier weather when traveling from Washington DC in April: highs in Steamboat Springs hover around 52°F, while lows dip to 28°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can drive to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge
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Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge ©
Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Steamboat Powdercats ©
Steamboat Powdercats

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.
On the 1st (Wed), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Hallett Peak.

To find out how to plan a trip to Rocky Mountain National Park, use our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Rocky Mountain National Park takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. Expect somewhat warmer temperatures when traveling from Steamboat Springs in April; daily highs in Rocky Mountain National Park reach 64°F and lows reach 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to drive to Fort Collins.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks Wildlife Nature
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Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook

2
nights
Fort Collins

Fort Collins ©
Fort Collins is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Larimer County, Colorado, United States. On the 2nd (Thu), look for all kinds of wild species at Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Odell Brewing Company, then indulge your thirst for a good beer at New Belgium Brewing, and finally learn about winemaking at Lost Prairie Winery. On the 3rd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: ride a horse along Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area, then stroll through Horsetooth Mountain Open Space, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Coyote Ridge Natural Area.

For traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Fort Collins trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Rocky Mountain National Park to Fort Collins by car takes about 1.5 hours. In May, daytime highs in Fort Collins are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 42°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Parks Wildlife Outdoors
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Horsetooth Mountain Open Space ©
Horsetooth Mountain Open Space
Odell Brewing Company ©
Odell Brewing Company
Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area ©
Cathy Fromme Prairie Natural Area

2
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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 4th (Sat): identify plant and animal life at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center and then identify plant and animal life at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Sun): see the interesting displays at Michael Garman Museum & Gallery, take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon, and then trek along Manitou Springs Incline.

To see maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip planning website .

Drive from Fort Collins to Colorado Springs in 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. May in Colorado Springs sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 42°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sun) so you can travel to Mosca.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, Manitou Springs Incline
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Manitou Springs Incline ©
Manitou Springs Incline
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park

2
nights
Mosca

Mosca ©
Mosca is an unincorporated community and a U.S. Start off your visit on the 6th (Mon): explore the fascinating landscape at Great Sand Dunes National Park. Keep things going the next day: admire nature's extreme beauty at High Dune Trail and then look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Gators Reptile Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Mosca tour itinerary planner.

Drive from Colorado Springs to Mosca in 3 hours. Traveling from Colorado Springs in May, expect a bit cooler with lows of 32°F in Mosca. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to travel to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mosca

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trip

High Dune Trail
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Colorado Gators Reptile Park ©
Colorado Gators Reptile Park
Great Sand Dunes National Park ©
Great Sand Dunes National Park
High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail

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. Start off your visit on the 8th (Wed): admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls, trek along Piedra River Trail, and then soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers. On your second day here, tour the pleasant surroundings at Wolf Creek Ski Resort.

To see more things to do, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs trip builder website .

You can drive from Mosca to Pagosa Springs in 2 hours. In May, daily temperatures in Pagosa Springs can reach 63°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort

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.
On the 10th (Fri), hike along Spruce Canyon Trail and then delve into the distant past at Hovenweep National Monument. On the 11th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: contemplate the long history of Balcony House, trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then take a memorable drive along Ruins Road.

To find more things to do, photos, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park online trip planner .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in May, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are a bit warmer (72°F), and nights are about the same (38°F). You will have some time to spend on the 12th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Hovenweep National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

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