29 days in Colorado Itinerary

29 days in Colorado Itinerary

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29 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Saint Louis
Fly + Shuttle:  6​h 30​min
1
Breckenridge
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Estes Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Cripple Creek
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Mosca
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
6
Pagosa Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
8
Durango
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h
9
Ouray
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  7​h 15​min
End: Saint Louis

3
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.
National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum and Frisco Historic Park and Museum will appeal to museum buffs. Discover out-of-the-way places like Copper Mountain and Boreas Pass Road. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Breckenridge: Montgomery Reservoir (in Alma) and Leadville (Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad & Temple Israel). There's much more to do: soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, sample the tasty concoctions at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Frisco Adventure Park, and get engrossed in the history at Breckenridge Welcome Center.

For other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Breckenridge online trip builder .

Saint Louis to Breckenridge is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Saint Louis to Breckenridge is minus 1 hour. Expect cooler weather when traveling from Saint Louis in December: highs in Breckenridge hover around 25°F, while lows dip to 14°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Leadville, Frisco, Montgomery Reservoir, Copper Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Copper Mountain ©
Copper Mountain
Frisco Historic Park and Museum ©
Frisco Historic Park and Museum

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore Benson Park Sculpture Garden and The Studio Fine Art and Framing. Discover out-of-the-way places like The Beach at Grand Lake and Photography Tours. Venture out of the city with trips to Odell Brewing Company (in Fort Collins), Spas & Wellness (in Grand Lake) and Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center (in Westminster). There's much more to do: take a stroll through Downtown Estes Park, look for gifts at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, take in the exciting artwork at Art Center of Estes Park Gallery, and see the interesting displays at MacGregor Ranch Museum.

To see traveler tips, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Estes Park trip planner .

Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Estes Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. While traveling from Breckenridge, expect much warmer days and about the same nights in Estes Park, ranging from highs of 46°F to lows of 17°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Wed) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Outdoors Museums

Side Trips

Odell Brewing Company, Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, Benson Park Sculpture Garden, The Beach at Grand Lake
Highlights from your plan
Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center ©
Benson Park Sculpture Garden ©
Benson Park Sculpture Garden

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.
Museum-lovers will appreciate National Museum of World War II Aviation and Manitou Springs Heritage Center. You'll discover tucked-away gems like North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center and Glen Eyrie Castle. Next up on the itinerary: get engrossed in the history at Colorado Springs Pioneers Museum, identify plant and animal life at Bear Creek Nature Center, examine the collection at Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Fox Run Regional Park.

To see traveler tips, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs online travel route builder .

You can drive from Estes Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. In December in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 18°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sat) early enough to drive to Cripple Creek.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center
Highlights from your plan
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park
Glen Eyrie Castle ©
Glen Eyrie Castle

2
nights
Cripple Creek

Cripple Creek ©
The City of Cripple Creek is the Statutory City that is the county seat of Teller County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 15th (Sun): identify plant and animal life at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, examine the collection at Pikes Peak Historical Society Museum, and then admire all the interesting features of Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine. Here are some ideas for day two: identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation and then trek along White River National Forest.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Cripple Creek online travel planner .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Cripple Creek takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, plan for daily highs up to 49°F, and evening lows to 23°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Mosca.

Things to do in Cripple Creek

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, White River National Forest, Pikes Peak Historical Society Museum, Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation
White River National Forest ©
White River National Forest

2
nights
Mosca

Mosca ©
Mosca is an unincorporated community and a U.S. On the 17th (Tue), look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Gators Reptile Park, see the interesting displays at The San Luis Valley Museum, and then examine the collection at Fort Garland Museum. Here are some ideas for day two: look for all kinds of wild species at Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge and then see a world frozen in time at Summitville Ghost Town.

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You can drive from Cripple Creek to Mosca in 3 hours. Traveling from Cripple Creek in December, you will find days in Mosca are a bit cooler (37°F), and nights are colder (2°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Wed) so you can travel to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mosca

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

Alamosa, Fort Garland Museum, Summitville Ghost Town
Highlights from your plan
Fort Garland Museum ©
Fort Garland Museum
Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge ©
Colorado Gators Reptile Park ©
Colorado Gators Reptile Park

4
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 Spas & Wellness and Wolf Creek Ski Resort. Appreciate the collections at Creede Historic Museum and Rare Things Gallery. Go for a jaunt from Pagosa Springs to Creede to see North Clear Creek Falls about 1h 35 min away. Next up on the itinerary: look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, see the interesting displays at San Juan Historical Museum, take in the exciting artwork at Lantern Dancer, and tee off at Pagosa Springs Golf Club.

To see where to stay, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs tour planner.

Getting from Mosca to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Mosca in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit warmer in Pagosa Springs, with lows of 14°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trip

Creede
Highlights from your plan
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
North Clear Creek Falls ©
North Clear Creek Falls

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.
On the 23rd (Mon), admire the masterpieces at Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, then get a new perspective on nature at The Anasazi Heritage Center, then see the interesting displays at Rio Grande Southern Railroad Museum., and finally don't miss a visit to Park Point. On your second day here, delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, then contemplate the long history of Balcony House, then examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, and finally delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary maker tool .

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Pagosa Springs in December: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 44°F, while lows dip to 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Dolores, Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum
Highlights from your plan
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum

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.
Telluride Historical Museum and Scenic Aperture Gallery will appeal to museum buffs. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Purgatory Resort and Valley Floor. Take a break from Durango with a short trip to Fox Fire Farms Winery in Ignacio, about 42 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the galleries of Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, learn about winemaking at Four Leaves Winery, hop aboard Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, and enjoy some diversion at Durango Community Recreation Center.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read Durango attractions website .

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 December, plan for daily highs up to 40°F, and evening lows to 13°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) early enough to drive to Ouray.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Telluride, Fox Fire Farms Winery
Highlights from your plan
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort
Telluride Historical Museum ©
Telluride Historical Museum
Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery

4
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. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park and Ouray Alchemist Museum. Museum-lovers will get to explore Museum of the Mountain West and Ouray County Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Silverton (San Juan County Historical Society & Route 550 Gifts) and Ute Indian Museum (in Montrose). There's still lots to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, hike along Baby Bath Tubs Trail, take in the dramatic scenery at Ouray Box Canyon Waterfall, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Ouray route planner.

You can drive from Durango to Ouray in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In December, daily temperatures in Ouray can reach 36°F, while at night they dip to 18°F. On the 1st (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Ouray

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Silverton, Montrose, Dennis Weaver Memorial Park, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Highlights from your plan
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West
Ouray County Museum ©
Ouray County Museum

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