24 days in Colorado Itinerary

24 days in Colorado Itinerary

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24 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Tucson
+2
shuttle + Fly + shuttle:  6​h
1
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
3
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
bus:  1​h
4
Denver
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Estes Park
— 4 nights
Drive + bus:  4​h 15​min
6
Steamboat Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
7
Aspen
— 4 nights
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 15​min
End: Tucson

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 21st (Tue): explore the activities along San Juan River Walk. On your second day here, view the masterpieces at Two Old Crows, trek along Piedra River Trail, then get a taste of the local shopping with Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery, and finally identify plant and animal life at Reservoir Hill Park.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Pagosa Springs trip simple and quick.

Tucson to Pagosa Springs is an approximately 6-hour combination of shuttle and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Plan for colder temperatures traveling from Tucson in April, with highs in Pagosa Springs at 57°F and lows at 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu) to allow 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
Reservoir Hill Park ©
Reservoir Hill Park

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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Balcony House and Long House. Your inner history buff will appreciate Cliff Palace and Spruce Tree House. Spend the 26th (Sun) exploring nature at Mesa Verde National Park. There's much more to do: explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, stroll through Prater Ridge Trail, trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, and admire all the interesting features of Petroglyph Point Hike.

To see maps, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park journey planning website .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. While traveling from Pagosa Springs, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks Historic Sites Nature
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

3
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.
Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Pikes Peak. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like National Museum of World War II Aviation and Old Colorado City Historic District. Next up on the itinerary: walk around Garden of the Gods, look for gifts at Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, view the masterpieces at Commonwheel Artists Co-op, and browse the exhibits of Manitou Cliff Dwellings.

To see more things to do, reviews, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs road trip 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. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in April, plan for a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 60°F by day to 33°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Wed) so you can catcht the bus to Denver.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Historic Sites

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
River Rafting & Tubing

4
nights
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
You'll explore and learn at Denver Botanic Gardens and Molly Brown House Museum. Deepen your sense of the past at sights like Denver Union Station and Trinity United Methodist Church. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Denver: Pearl Street Mall (in Boulder) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs). The adventure continues: look and learn at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, take in the exciting artwork at American Museum of Western Art, get to know the resident critters at Denver Zoo, and stop by Dardano's Shoes.

For photos, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Denver online journey planner .

Traveling by bus from Colorado Springs to Denver takes an hour. Alternatively, you can drive; or fly. Expect a daytime high around 59°F in April, and nighttime lows around 34°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Sun) so you can go by car to Estes Park.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum, Pearl Street Mall
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
River Rafting & Tubing
16th Street Mall ©
16th Street Mall

4
nights
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.
Chapel on the Rock and Wild Basin Area will appeal to history buffs. Do your shopping at Benson Park Sculpture Garden and Aspen and Evergreen Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Estes Park side-trips: Eagle Plume Trading Post (in Allenspark), Winter Park Resort (in Winter Park) and Trail Ridge Road (in Rocky Mountain National Park). Next up on the itinerary: indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, contemplate the waterfront views at Sleepy Hollow County Park, walk around Estes Park Visitor Center, and take in the exciting artwork at Patterson Glassworks Studio & Gallery.

For maps, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Estes Park vacation app .

You can drive from Denver to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, daytime highs in Estes Park are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 7th (Thu) so you can travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Benson Park Sculpture Garden, Winter Park Resort
Highlights from your plan
Winter Park Resort ©
Winter Park Resort
Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Photography Tours

3
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Head to Circle 7 Fine Art Gallery and Off the Beaten Path Bookstorefor plenty of shopping. Appreciate the collections at Museum of Northwest Colorado and Wyman Living History Museum. And it doesn't end there: hit the slopes at Steamboat Ski Resort, cast your line with a fishing tour, take in the natural beauty of Strawberry Park Hot Springs, and partake in some friendly competition at The Crooked Key.

Start your trip to Steamboat Springs by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

Do a combination of car and bus from Estes Park to Steamboat Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Estes Park in May: high temperatures in Steamboat Springs hover around 61°F and lows are around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trip

Craig
Highlights from your plan
Steamboat Ski Resort ©
Steamboat Ski Resort
Fish Creek Falls ©
Fish Creek Falls
Museum of Northwest Colorado ©
Museum of Northwest Colorado

4
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Escape the urban bustle at Aspen Snowmass and Aspen Highlands. When in Aspen, make a side trip to see Thermal Spas in Glenwood Springs, approximately 1h 25 min away. On the 13th (Wed), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Buttermilk Mountain. It doesn't end there: look for all kinds of wild species at Windstar Land Conservancy and stop by Snowmass Sports.

To see ratings, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip maker website .

Getting from Steamboat Springs to Aspen by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or take a bus. May in Aspen sees daily highs of 62°F and lows of 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Snowmass Village, Thermal Spas
Highlights from your plan
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
Thermal Spas
Buttermilk Mountain ©
Buttermilk Mountain

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