18 days in Colorado Itinerary

18 days in Colorado Itinerary

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18 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Sao Paulo
Fly + Drive:  25​h
1
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
2
Crested Butte
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Ouray
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Pagosa Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Durango
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  5​h
7
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Fly:  21​h
End: Sao Paulo

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Fri): hit the slopes at Sunlight Mountain Resort and then take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the activities along Hanging Lake and then take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail.

To see where to stay, photos, and tourist information, read Glenwood Springs road trip website .

Sao Paulo, Brazil to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 25-hour flight. The time zone difference when traveling from Sao Paulo to Glenwood Springs is minus 4 hours. In December, Glenwood Springs is much colder than Sao Paulo - with highs of -3°C and lows of -9°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sat) so you can travel to Crested Butte.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Rocky Mountains
Highlights from your plan
Sunlight Mountain Resort ©
Sunlight Mountain Resort
Rocky Mountains ©
Rocky Mountains
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail

2
nights
Crested Butte

Crested Butte ©
Crested Butte is a home rule municipality in Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. On the 23rd (Sun), see a world frozen in time at Crested Butte Mountain Resort, cruise along Kebler Pass, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Montanya Distillers.

To see more things to do, maps, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Crested Butte trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Crested Butte in 4 hours. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in December, plan for little chillier nights in Crested Butte, with lows around -19°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can travel to Ouray.

Things to do in Crested Butte

Outdoors Historic Sites Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Crested Butte Mountain Resort ©
Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Kebler Pass ©
Kebler Pass
Montanya Distillers ©
Montanya Distillers

2
nights
Ouray

Ouray ©
Ouray is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous city of Ouray County, Colorado, United States. On the 24th (Mon), take in the dramatic natural features at Yankee Boy Basin and then examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, then take in the dramatic scenery at Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Cascade Falls Park.

For other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Ouray online trip itinerary maker .

Traveling by car from Crested Butte to Ouray takes 3 hours. In December, Ouray is somewhat warmer than Crested Butte - with highs of 1°C and lows of -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

Ridgway Railroad Museum
Highlights from your plan
Yankee Boy Basin ©
Yankee Boy Basin
Cascade Falls Park ©
Cascade Falls Park
Perimeter Trail ©
Perimeter Trail

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. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Piedra River Trail and The Springs Resort & Spa. Get in touch with nature at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park and Wolf Creek Ski Resort. It doesn't end there: admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls and see the interesting displays at San Juan Historical Museum.

For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs trip builder .

Traveling by car from Ouray to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In December in Pagosa Springs, expect temperatures between 1°C during the day and -12°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

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

4
nights
Durango

Durango ©
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Explore hidden gems such as Purgatory Resort and Durango Snowbike Experience. Get outdoors at San Juan National Forest and Haviland Lake. There's more to do: trot along with a tour on horseback and see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

To find traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Durango trip maker app .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. December in Durango sees daily highs of 3°C and lows of -11°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Haviland Lake
Highlights from your plan
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Horseback Riding Tours

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 2nd (Wed), delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace.

For traveler tips, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary tool .

You can drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and taxi. January in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 5°C and lows of -12°C at night. On the 3rd (Thu), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Fri): cruise along Pikes Peak - America's Mountain, then look for all kinds of wild species at Garden of the Gods, and then step into the grandiose world of Glen Eyrie Castle. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center and then identify plant and animal life at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center.

To find maps, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Colorado Springs trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Colorado Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. In January in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 9°C during the day and -9°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park
Glen Eyrie Castle ©
Glen Eyrie Castle

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