16 days in Colorado Itinerary

16 days in Colorado Itinerary

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16 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Paris
Fly + Drive:  22​h 45​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Pagosa Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
3
Snowmass Village
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Glenwood Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
5
Breckenridge
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  20​h 30​min
End: Paris

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like The Anasazi Heritage Center and Park Point. Change things up with these side-trips from Mesa Verde National Park: Cortez (Cortez Cultural Center & Hovenweep National Monument). There's much more to do: explore and take pictures at Ruins Road, delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and hike along Spruce Canyon Trail.

To see photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park planning tool .

Paris, France to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 23-hour flight. The time zone changes from Central European Time (CET) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -8 hour difference. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Paris in April: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 21°C, while lows dip to -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cortez, The Anasazi Heritage Center
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Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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. Step off the beaten path and head to Piedra River Trail and Wolf Creek Ski Resort. There's still lots to do: explore by horseback at Diamond Hitch Stables, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and see the interesting displays at San Juan Historical Museum.

To find more things to do, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs travel planning tool .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in April, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs: temperatures range from 16°C by day to -1°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Snowmass Village.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Diamond Hitch Stables ©
Diamond Hitch Stables

2
nights
Snowmass Village

Snowmass Village ©
Snowmass Village is a Home Rule Municipality in Pitkin County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 30th (Mon): stroll through The John Denver Sanctuary and then hit the slopes at Aspen Snowmass. On the 1st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hit the slopes at Aspen Mountain / Ajax.

To find photos, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Snowmass Village attractions planner.

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Snowmass Village in 6 hours. April in Snowmass Village sees daily highs of 13°C and lows of -3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to travel to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Snowmass Village

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Aspen
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Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
Aspen Mountain / Ajax ©
Aspen Mountain / Ajax
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

4
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.
Explore hidden gems such as Sunlight Mountain Resort and Rocky Mountains. Step out of Glenwood Springs with an excursion to Rifle Falls in Rifle--about 44 minutes away. There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, explore the activities along Hanging Lake, and appreciate the history behind Doc Holliday's Grave.

To find other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs day trip site .

You can drive from Snowmass Village to Glenwood Springs in an hour. While traveling from Snowmass Village, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs, ranging from highs of 11°C to lows of 1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
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Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Sunlight Mountain Resort ©
Sunlight Mountain Resort
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake

2
nights
Breckenridge

Breckenridge ©
Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Arapahoe Basin and Loveland Ski Area. When in Breckenridge, make a side trip to see Copper Mountain in Copper Mountain, approximately 30 minutes away. It doesn't end there: hit the slopes at Frisco Adventure Park.

To find photos, maps, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Breckenridge holiday planner.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Breckenridge in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in May, things will get little chillier in Breckenridge: highs are around 6°C and lows about -1°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Copper Mountain, Frisco Adventure Park, Loveland Ski Area, Arapahoe Basin
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Loveland Ski Area ©
Loveland Ski Area
Arapahoe Basin ©
Arapahoe Basin
Frisco Adventure Park ©
Frisco Adventure Park

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