23 days in Colorado Itinerary

23 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Steamboat Springs
— 12 nights
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Vail
— 1 night
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Estes Park
— 3 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Durango
— 1 night
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Pagosa Springs
— 3 nights

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Steamboat Springs

Ski Town USA

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 Fishing Charters & Tours and Snowy Range Scenic Byway. For shopping fun, head to F.M. Light & Sons or Steamboat Art Company. Explore Steamboat Springs' surroundings by going to Grand Encampment Museum (in Encampment), Country Junction (in Centennial) and Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge (in Walden). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Museum of Northwest Colorado, take in nature's colorful creations at Yampa River Botanic Park, admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls, and take a peaceful walk through Routt National Forest.

To see photos, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Steamboat Springs online vacation maker.

New York City to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from New York City in May, expect nights in Steamboat Springs to be much colder, around 35°F, while days are a bit cooler, around 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Museum of Northwest Colorado ©
Museum of Northwest Colorado
Yampa River Core Trail ©
Yampa River Core Trail

1
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Vail

Vail

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
On the 28th (Tue), see what you can catch with a fishing tour and then stroll through Vail Recreation Path.

To find where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Vail travel planner.

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Vail in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in May, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Vail: temperatures range from 44°F by day to 31°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Trails

3
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Estes Park

Estes Park ©
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Escape the urban bustle at The Beach at Grand Lake and Alluvial Fan. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Red Rose Rock Shop & Dick's Rock Museum and Many Parks Curve Overlook. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Estes Park: Winter Park Resort (in Winter Park) and Spas (in Grand Lake). There's more to do: take a memorable tour with Tours and stop by Brownfield's.

For ratings, other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, use the Estes Park online travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Vail to Estes Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. While traveling from Vail, expect much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Estes Park, ranging from highs of 70°F to lows of 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 31st (Fri) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors · Parks · Wildlife · Winter Sports

Side Trips

Highlights from your plan
Red Rose Rock Shop & Dick's Rock Museum ©
Red Rose Rock Shop & Dick's Rock Museum
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Spas

1
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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 1st (Sat), don't miss a visit to Park Point, then take a memorable drive along Ruins Road, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace. On the next day, appreciate the extensive heritage of Far View Sites, then examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then take in the dramatic natural features at Square Tower House, and finally make a trip to Step House.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

Fly from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Estes Park in June, expect slightly colder with lows of 46°F in Mesa Verde National Park. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Scenic Drive · Parks
Highlights from your plan
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
Step House ©
Step House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

1
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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.
On the 3rd (Mon), browse the exhibits of Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, grab your bike and head to The Colorado Trail, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Columba Catholic Church, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Toh-Atin Gallery.

To find more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, go to the Durango visit planner.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In June, daytime highs in Durango are 85°F, while nighttime lows are 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Trails
Highlights from your plan
The Colorado Trail ©
The Colorado Trail
Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery
St. Columba Catholic Church ©
St. Columba Catholic Church

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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. Kick off your visit on the 4th (Tue): ride a horse along Diamond Hitch Stables, pick up some new knowledge with The Choke Cherry Tree, then explore the ancient world of Chimney Rock National Monument, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at San Juan River Walk. Keep things going the next day: examine the collection at Creede Underground Mining Museum, view the masterpieces at Rare Things Gallery, and then take in the natural beauty of Bath House (Hot Springs) @ The Springs Resort & Spa.

To find where to stay, ratings, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Pagosa Springs trip builder.

Traveling by car from Durango to Pagosa Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Durango in June, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs: temperatures range from 80°F by day to 44°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Side Trip

Highlights from your plan
Chimney Rock National Monument ©
Chimney Rock National Monument
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
Creede Underground Mining Museum ©
Creede Underground Mining Museum

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