31 days in Colorado Itinerary

31 days in Colorado Itinerary

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31 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Porto Alegre
Fly + bus:  22​h 15​min
1
Fort Collins
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Drive + bus:  4​h 15​min
3
Steamboat Springs
— 2 nights
bus + taxi:  2​h 45​min
4
Leadville
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
5
Colorado Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
6
Cripple Creek
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
7
Mosca
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
8
Pagosa Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
9
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
10
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
+3
taxi + Fly + foot + train:  4​h
11
Denver
— 3 nights
+2
train + foot + Fly:  21​h
End: Porto Alegre

2
nights
Fort Collins

Fort Collins ©
Fort Collins is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Larimer County, Colorado, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Cache La Poudre Wilderness and New Belgium Brewing. Get a sense of the local culture at Benson Park Sculpture Garden and Fort Collins Museum of Discovery. There's lots more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area, stop by Nuance Chocolate, tour the pleasant surroundings at Pineridge Natural Area, and explore the world behind art at Swetsville Zoo.

For where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Fort Collins trip site .

Porto Alegre, Brazil to Fort Collins is an approximately 22.5-hour flight. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 4 hours traveling from Porto Alegre to Fort Collins. Traveling from Porto Alegre in May, plan for little chillier nights in Fort Collins, with lows around 6°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Fort Collins

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Cache La Poudre Wilderness, Swetsville Zoo, Benson Park Sculpture Garden
Highlights from your plan
Benson Park Sculpture Garden ©
Benson Park Sculpture Garden
Swetsville Zoo ©
Swetsville Zoo
Fossil Creek Reservoir Natural Area ©

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Photography Tours and Spas & Wellness. Get some cultural insight at Downtown Estes Park and Red Rose Rock Shop & Dick's Rock Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park (about 38 minutes away). There's still lots to do: explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes, do a tasting at Snowy Peaks Winery, admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Estes Park trip itinerary maker website .

You can drive from Fort Collins to Estes Park in 1.5 hours. May in Estes Park sees daily highs of 24°C and lows of 7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Downtown Estes Park ©
Downtown Estes Park

2
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Steamboat Art Company, then get advice or help at Tread of Pioneers Museum, then admire the masterpieces at Steamboat Art Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Mount Zirkel Wilderness Area. On the next day, stop by Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yampa River Core Trail, and then fly down the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Steamboat Springs vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

You can do a combination of car and bus from Estes Park to Steamboat Springs in 4.5 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In May, Steamboat Springs is slightly colder than Estes Park - with highs of 19°C and lows of 1°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Leadville.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum
Steamboat Art Museum ©
Steamboat Art Museum

2
nights
Leadville

Leadville is the statutory city that is the county seat and only incorporated municipality in Lake County, Colorado, United States. On the 10th (Fri), take an in-depth tour of Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad, browse the exhibits of Temple Israel, and then get interesting insight from Tours. Keep things going the next day: see the interesting displays at National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum, take an in-depth tour of Frisco Historic Park and Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Montgomery Reservoir.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Leadville trip planner.

You can do a combination of bus and taxi from Steamboat Springs to Leadville in 3 hours. Another option is to drive. In May, Leadville is little chillier than Steamboat Springs - with highs of 13°C and lows of -3°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Leadville

Museums Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

River Rafting & Tubing, Montgomery Reservoir, Frisco Historic Park and Museum
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum ©
Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad ©

3
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Satisfy your inner culture vulture at National Museum of World War II Aviation and Glen Eyrie Castle. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center and Red Rock Canyon. Explore Colorado Springs' surroundings by going to Canon City (Skyline Drive & River Rafting & Tubing). It doesn't end there: explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods and shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

To see reviews, maps, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs vacation builder app .

Traveling by car from Leadville to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or take a bus. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Leadville in May: high temperatures in Colorado Springs hover around 23°C and lows are around 6°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Cripple Creek.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Outdoors Parks Tours

Side Trip

Canon City
Highlights from your plan
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. Kick off your visit on the 15th (Wed): delve into the lush surroundings at White River National Forest, look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation, and then stop by Cripple Creek. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 16th (Thu): look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, then identify plant and animal life at Horsethief Falls, and then admire all the interesting features of Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine.

To find reviews, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Cripple Creek trip planner .

Getting from Colorado Springs to Cripple Creek by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, daily temperatures in Cripple Creek can reach 26°C, while at night they dip to 9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Thu) early enough to travel to Mosca.

Things to do in Cripple Creek

Wildlife Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Divide, White River National Forest, Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation ©
Cripple Creek ©
Cripple Creek

3
nights
Mosca

Mosca ©
Mosca is an unincorporated community and a U.S. Step off the beaten path and head to Colorado Gators Reptile Park and Fort Garland Museum. Get some cultural insight at Los Caminos Antiguos and Jack Dempsey Museum. Change things up with a short trip to Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge in Alamosa (about 32 minutes away). Spend the 18th (Sat) exploring the stark beauty of Great Sand Dunes National Park.

To find maps, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read our Mosca journey planning app .

Drive from Cripple Creek to Mosca in 3 hours. Traveling from Cripple Creek in May, things will get a bit cooler in Mosca: highs are around 22°C and lows about 0°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) early enough to travel to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mosca

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Fort Garland, Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge, Jack Dempsey Museum
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Gators Reptile Park ©
Colorado Gators Reptile Park
Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge ©
Fort Garland Museum ©
Fort Garland Museum

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 explore the less-touristy side of things at Reservoir Hill Park and Treasure Falls. Get a sense of the local culture at Rare Things Gallery and Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery. Take a break from Pagosa Springs with a short trip to Bachelor Loop in Creede, about 1h 30 min away. Next up on the itinerary: identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, examine the collection at San Juan Historical Museum, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and take in the exciting artwork at Lantern Dancer.

To find ratings, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs trip planner.

Traveling by car from Mosca to Pagosa Springs takes 2 hours. May in Pagosa Springs sees daily highs of 20°C and lows of 1°C at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trip

Creede
Highlights from your plan
Treasure Falls ©
Treasure Falls
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
Rare Things Gallery ©
Rare Things Gallery

2
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.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Thu): see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, explore the world behind art at Earthen Vessel Gallery, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Animas River Trail, and finally sample the fine beverages at Durango Craft Spirits. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, take an in-depth tour of Animas Museum, then pause for some serene contemplation at St. Columba Catholic Church, then do a tasting at Four Leaves Winery, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Scenic Aperture Gallery.

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

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Durango by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. Expect a daytime high around 23°C in May, and nighttime lows around 1°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Museums Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Earthen Vessel Gallery ©
Earthen Vessel Gallery
Animas Museum ©
Animas Museum

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.
Balcony House and Spruce Tree House are good opportunities to explore the local culture. You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at The Anasazi Heritage Center and Petroglyph Point Hike. When in Mesa Verde National Park, make a side trip to see Artisans of Mancos in Mancos, approximately 48 minutes away. There's still lots to do: explore the ancient world of Long House, make a trip to Park Point, trek along Spruce Canyon Trail, and steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace.

For photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park travel itinerary planner .

Getting from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In May in Mesa Verde National Park, expect temperatures between 26°C during the day and 3°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Mon) early enough to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Artisans of Mancos, The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Long House ©
Long House

3
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center and Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum. Dinosaur Ridge and Molly Brown House Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. There's much more to do: ski along the peaceful trails at Cherry Creek State Park, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens, and take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Lookout Mountain.

To find reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Denver holiday tool .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Mesa Verde National Park to Denver in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in May, expect nights in Denver to be about the same, around 7°C, while days are little chillier, around 22°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Museums Wildlife

Side Trips

Golden, Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, Dinosaur Ridge, Cherry Creek State Park
Highlights from your plan
Cherry Creek State Park ©
Cherry Creek State Park
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Dinosaur Ridge ©
Dinosaur Ridge

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