37 days in Colorado Itinerary

37 days in Colorado Itinerary

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37 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Estes Park
— 3 nights
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Durango
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Pagosa Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
5
Mosca
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Gunnison
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
7
Aspen
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
8
Breckenridge
— 5 nights
bus:  2​h 15​min
9
Steamboat Springs
— 5 nights
+2
taxi + Fly + bus:  6​h 45​min
End: New York City

3
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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Brownfield's and Photography Tours. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Abbey of St. Walburga and Patterson Glassworks Studio & Gallery. Get out of town with these interesting Estes Park side-trips: Horsetooth Mountain Open Space (in Fort Collins) and Cache La Poudre Wilderness (in Livermore). And it doesn't end there: view the masterpieces at Mountain Blown Glass, explore the striking landscape of Sheep Lakes, admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and browse the exhibits of Art Center of Estes Park Gallery.

Start your trip to Estes Park by creating a personalized itinerary on Inspirock.

New York City to Estes Park is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Estes Park. Traveling from New York City in April, Estes Park is a bit cooler at night with lows of 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Wildlife Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Abbey of St. Walburga, Cache La Poudre Wilderness, Horsetooth Mountain Open Space
Highlights from your plan
Horsetooth Mountain Open Space ©
Horsetooth Mountain Open Space
Mountain Blown Glass ©
Mountain Blown Glass

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.
Explore hidden gems such as Spruce Tree House and Petroglyph Point Hike. Take a break from the city and head to Prater Ridge Trail and Spruce Canyon Trail. Next up on the itinerary: explore the ancient world of Balcony House, make a trip to Far View Sites, explore the striking landscape at Square Tower House, and stroll through Nordenskiold #16 Trail.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park driving holiday planner.

Getting from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from Estes Park in May, with lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

3
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.
Get in touch with nature at Purgatory Resort and Animas River Trail. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at The Anasazi Heritage Center and Artisans of Mancos. Take a break from Durango with a short trip to Route 550 Gifts in Silverton, about 1h 30 min away. There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at Scenic Aperture Gallery, hike along The Colorado Trail, and enjoy some diversion at Durango Community Recreation Center.

For more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, read Durango attractions planner.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In May, daytime highs in Durango are 68°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Artisans of Mancos, Route 550 Gifts, The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort

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. Discover out-of-the-way places like Wolf Creek Ski Resort and Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery. Get in touch with nature at The Springs Resort & Spa and Opal Lake Trail. The adventure continues: look for gifts at Choke Cherry Tree and San Juan Chocolate Co., hike along Piedra River Trail, look for all kinds of wild species at Reservoir Hill Park, and see the interesting displays at San Juan Historical Museum.

To see ratings, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Durango to Pagosa Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Durango in May: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 63°F, while lows dip to 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mosca.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
Reservoir Hill Park ©
Reservoir Hill Park

3
nights
Mosca

Mosca ©
Mosca is an unincorporated community and a U.S. Escape the urban bustle at Great Sand Dunes National Park and Zapata Falls. Step off the beaten path and head to Elephant Cloud Market and San Luis State Park. Step out of Mosca with an excursion to High Dune Trail in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve--about 32 minutes away. There's more to do: look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Gators Reptile Park.

To see photos, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Mosca holiday maker site .

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Mosca by car takes about 2 hours. In May, daytime highs in Mosca are 67°F, while nighttime lows are 32°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Tue) early enough to travel to Gunnison.

Things to do in Mosca

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

High Dune Trail, Elephant Cloud Market
Highlights from your plan
Colorado Gators Reptile Park ©
Colorado Gators Reptile Park
High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail
Zapata Falls ©
Zapata Falls

3
nights
Gunnison

Gunnison ©
The City of Gunnison is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. Get some cultural insight at Crested Butte Mountain Resort and Crested Butte Mountain Heritage Museum. Visiting Silver Plume General Store and Blue Mesa Fishing will get you outdoors. Change things up with these side-trips from Gunnison: Union Congregational Church (in Crested Butte) and Sweety's Wildlife Preserve Art Zoo (in Lake City).

For reviews, where to stay, photos, and tourist information, go to the Gunnison trip itinerary website .

Getting from Mosca to Gunnison by car takes about 2 hours. When traveling from Mosca in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Gunnison, with highs around 61°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 33°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Fri) early enough to travel to Aspen.

Things to do in Gunnison

Outdoors Parks Shopping

Side Trips

Crested Butte, Silver Plume General Store, Sweety's Wildlife Preserve Art Zoo
Highlights from your plan
Crested Butte Mountain Resort ©
Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Silver Plume General Store ©
Silver Plume General Store
Union Congregational Church ©
Union Congregational Church

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.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Buttermilk Mountain and Aspen Highlands. Shop till you drop at Gene Taylor Sports and Cooper Corner Gallery. Change things up with a short trip to Sunlight Mountain Resort in Glenwood Springs (about 1h 15 min away). On the 18th (Sat), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Aspen Mountain / Ajax. Next up on the itinerary: let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Aspen trip builder app .

Getting from Gunnison to Aspen by car takes about 4 hours. In May in Aspen, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 34°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Aspen

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Glenwood Springs, Gene Taylor Sports
Highlights from your plan
Aspen Mountain / Ajax ©
Aspen Mountain / Ajax
Buttermilk Mountain ©
Buttermilk Mountain
Sunlight Mountain Resort ©
Sunlight Mountain Resort

5
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.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Arapahoe Basin and Copper Mountain. Get outdoors at Loveland Ski Area and Ski Cooper. Step out of Breckenridge to go to Leadville and see Rock Hut, which is approximately 58 minutes away. And it doesn't end there: take in the awesome beauty at Peak 9, hit the slopes at Frisco Adventure Park, get advice or help at Breckenridge Welcome Center, and sample the tasty concoctions at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House.

To see more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, use the Breckenridge online trip planner .

You can drive from Aspen to Breckenridge in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Aspen in May, you will find days in Breckenridge are slightly colder (44°F), and nights are about the same (31°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors

Side Trips

Leadville, Arapahoe Basin, Loveland Ski Area, Frisco Adventure Park, Copper Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Arapahoe Basin ©
Arapahoe Basin
Ski Cooper ©
Ski Cooper
Loveland Ski Area ©
Loveland Ski Area

5
nights
Steamboat Springs

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Get some cultural insight at Steamboat Art Company and Tread of Pioneers Museum. Take a break from the city and head to Yampa River Botanic Park and Yampa River Core Trail. And it doesn't end there: cast your line with a fishing tour, hit the slopes at Howelsen Hill Ski Area, take a peaceful walk through Routt National Forest, and partake in some friendly competition at The Crooked Key.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, use the Steamboat Springs online travel route planner .

Traveling by bus from Breckenridge to Steamboat Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. When traveling from Breckenridge in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Steamboat Springs: temperatures range from 61°F by day to 35°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Fishing Charters & Tours
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
Howelsen Hill Ski Area ©
Howelsen Hill Ski Area

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