32 days in Colorado Itinerary

32 days in Colorado Itinerary

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32 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Toronto
Fly:  10​h
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Pagosa Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Mosca
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Estes Park
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Breckenridge
— 4 nights
bus:  2​h 15​min
7
Steamboat Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
8
Aspen
— 5 nights
Fly:  8​h 30​min
End: Toronto

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.
Museum-lovers will get to explore The Anasazi Heritage Center and Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum. Visiting Ruins Road and Spruce Canyon Trail will get you outdoors. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mesa Verde National Park: Rio Grande Southern Railroad Museum. (in Dolores) and Artisans of Mancos (in Mancos). There's still lots to do: steep yourself in history at Balcony House, delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, appreciate the extensive heritage of Far View Sites, and don't miss a visit to Park Point.

To see maps, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip planner .

Toronto, Canada to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 10-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Toronto to Mesa Verde National Park. Traveling from Toronto in December, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are a bit warmer (7°C), and nights are slightly colder (-11°C). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Dolores, Artisans of Mancos
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wolf Creek Ski Resort and Treasure Falls. Visiting The Springs Resort & Spa and Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park will get you outdoors. Next up on the itinerary: shop like a local with Two Old Crows, take in the exciting artwork at Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery, examine the collection at San Juan Historical Museum, and explore the activities along San Juan River Walk.

To find other places to visit, maps, photos, and other tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs day trip planning tool .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. While traveling from Mesa Verde National Park, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of 3°C to lows of -11°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Mosca.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
Treasure Falls ©
Treasure Falls

4
nights
Mosca

Mosca ©
Mosca is an unincorporated community and a U.S. Get some historical perspective at Bishop Castle and Los Caminos Antiguos. Discover out-of-the-way places like Great Sand Dunes National Park and Fort Garland Museum. Venture out of the city with trips to Mission: Wolf (in Gardner), Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge (in Alamosa) and Elephant Cloud Market (in Crestone). The adventure continues: look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Gators Reptile Park.

To find maps, where to stay, reviews, and more tourist information, go to the Mosca online day trip planner .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Mosca in 2 hours. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in December, expect little chillier with lows of -19°C in Mosca. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can travel to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Mosca

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Fort Garland, Elephant Cloud Market, Mission: Wolf, Bishop Castle, Monte Vista National Wildlife Refuge
Highlights from your plan
Great Sand Dunes National Park ©
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Bishop Castle ©
Bishop Castle
Colorado Gators Reptile Park ©
Colorado Gators Reptile Park

4
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Explore hidden gems such as Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center and North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center. Take a break from the city and head to Garden of the Gods and Red Rock Canyon. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Colorado Springs: Wilkerson Pass (in Lake George) and Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation (in Guffey). Next up on the itinerary: brush up on your military savvy at National Museum of World War II Aviation, see the interesting displays at Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, stop by American Classics Marketplace, and explore the activities along Manitou Springs Incline.

Make your Colorado Springs itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Traveling by car from Mosca to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from Mosca in December: high temperatures in Colorado Springs hover around 8°C and lows are around -9°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center, Wilkerson Pass, Rocky Mountain Wildlife Foundation, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center

4
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.
Let the collections at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park and Art Center of Estes Park Gallery capture your imagination. Get outdoors at The Beach at Grand Lake and Hallett Peak. Explore Estes Park's surroundings by going to Grand Lake Nordic Center (in Grand Lake) and Hidden Valley Sledding and Tubing Hill (in Rocky Mountain National Park). There's still lots to do: hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, take in the exciting artwork at Bear Necessities & Cubs, soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, and browse for treasures at Fall River Jewelry, Coins & Antiques.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Estes Park trip planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Estes Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In December, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 9°C, while at night they dip to -9°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Parks Wildlife

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Grand Lake
Highlights from your plan
Photography Tours
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Mountain Blown Glass ©
Mountain Blown Glass

4
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at National Mining Hall of Fame & Museum and Leadville, Colorado & Southern Railroad. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Copper Mountain and Frisco Adventure Park. Explore Breckenridge's surroundings by going to Winter Park Resort (in Winter Park) and Arapahoe Basin (in Keystone). Next up on the itinerary: stop by Ready Paint Fire! and take an in-depth tour of Breckenridge Welcome Center.

For more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Breckenridge visit planning app .

You can drive from Estes Park to Breckenridge in 3 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. When traveling from Estes Park in December, plan for colder days in Breckenridge, with highs around -4°C, while nights are about the same with lows around -11°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Leadville, Frisco Adventure Park, Winter Park Resort, Copper Mountain, Arapahoe Basin
Highlights from your plan
Copper Mountain ©
Copper Mountain
Winter Park Resort ©
Winter Park Resort
National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum ©

4
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Museum of Northwest Colorado and Steamboat Powdercats. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Wyman Living History Museum and Tread of Pioneers Museum. The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park, make a trip to Cowboys & Indians Jewelry, stop by Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, and take in the exciting artwork at Steamboat Art Company.

To find other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs trip planning tool .

Traveling by combination of taxi and bus from Breckenridge to Steamboat Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Traveling from Breckenridge in December, Steamboat Springs is a bit cooler at night with lows of -15°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trip

Craig
Highlights from your plan
Steamboat Powdercats ©
Steamboat Powdercats
Tread of Pioneers Museum ©
Tread of Pioneers Museum
Museum of Northwest Colorado ©
Museum of Northwest Colorado

5
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.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Cooper Corner Gallery and Anderson Ranch Arts Center. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Aspen Snowmass and Buttermilk Mountain. Go for a jaunt from Aspen to Glenwood Springs to see Sunlight Mountain Resort about 1h 15 min away. On the 31st (Mon), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Aspen Mountain / Ajax. There's still lots to do: stop by Gene Taylor Sports.

For reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip planner .

Getting from Steamboat Springs to Aspen by car takes about 4 hours. Other options: do a combination of bus and flight; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in December, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen: temperatures range from 1°C by day to -14°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 3rd (Thu) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Snowmass Village, Glenwood Springs
Highlights from your plan
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
Sunlight Mountain Resort ©
Sunlight Mountain Resort
Gene Taylor Sports ©
Gene Taylor Sports

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