23 days in Colorado Itinerary

23 days in Colorado Itinerary

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23 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
bus + Fly + taxi:  6​h 45​min
1
Steamboat Springs
— 12 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Vail
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
3
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Pagosa Springs
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + bus:  10​h
End: New York City

12
nights
Steamboat Springs

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Give yourself a bit of retail therapy at Circle 7 Fine Art Gallery and Country Junction. Get some cultural insight at Museum of Northwest Colorado and Grand Encampment Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Snowy Range Scenic Byway (in Centennial), Wyman Living History Museum (in Craig) and Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge (in Walden). Next up on the itinerary: hit the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park, hike along Yampa River Core Trail, head outdoors with Rocky Mountain Ventures, and see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

For where to stay, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs travel itinerary planner.

New York City to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 7-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and car. The time zone difference when traveling from New York City to Steamboat Springs is minus 2 hours. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from New York City in May: highs in Steamboat Springs hover around 61°F, while lows dip to 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Vail.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Clark, Craig, Centennial, Arapaho National Wildlife Refuge, Grand Encampment Museum
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Museum of Northwest Colorado ©
Museum of Northwest Colorado
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park

1
night
Vail

Vail
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), cast your line with a fishing tour and then grab your bike and head to Vail Recreation Path.

For where to stay and other tourist information, go to the Vail day trip tool .

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Vail in 2 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and car; or take a bus. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in May, plan for little chillier days in Vail, with highs around 44°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 31°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

3
nights
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to The Beach at Grand Lake and Nature & Wildlife Tours. Get outdoors at Alluvial Fan 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). The adventure continues: examine the collection at Red Rose Rock Shop & Dick's Rock Museum and stop by Brownfield's.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Estes Park journey builder app .

You can drive from Vail to Estes Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Vail in May, you will find days in Estes Park are much warmer (70°F), and nights are a bit warmer (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

Side Trips

Grand Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park, Winter Park Resort
Highlights from your plan
Nature & Wildlife Tours
Spas
Alluvial Fan ©
Alluvial Fan

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 1st (Sat), make a trip to Park Point, then cruise along Ruins Road, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Far View Sites, then see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then explore the striking landscape at Square Tower House, and finally make a trip to Step House.

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Traveling by combination of flight and taxi from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Estes Park in June, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows of 46°F. 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 Scenic Drive Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
Step House ©
Step House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

1
night
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, then grab your bike and head to The Colorado Trail, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Columba Catholic Church, and finally browse the exhibits of Toh-Atin Gallery.

To see where to stay, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Durango day trip planning site .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In June, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Museums Trails
Highlights from your plan
Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery

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. On the 4th (Tue), ride a horse along Diamond Hitch Stables, then stop by The Choke Cherry Tree, then delve into the distant past at Chimney Rock National Monument, and finally explore the activities along San Juan River Walk. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): see the interesting displays at Creede Underground Mining Museum, then view the masterpieces at Rare Things Gallery, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa.

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Traveling by car from Durango to Pagosa Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Traveling from Durango in June, you will find days in Pagosa Springs are slightly colder (80°F), and nights are about the same (44°F). You will have some time to spend on the 6th (Thu) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Trails Nature

Side Trip

Creede
Highlights from your plan
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
Creede Underground Mining Museum ©
Creede Underground Mining Museum
Diamond Hitch Stables ©
Diamond Hitch Stables

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