5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado holiday planner

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Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
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Palisade
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
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Glenwood Springs

— 1 night
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Fri): trot along with a tour on horseback, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then explore the stunning scenery at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Hanging Lake, then take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains, and then admire the sheer force of Rifle Falls.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs route planner.

Denver to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 2.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Denver in May, expect nights in Glenwood Springs to be little chillier, around 33°F, while days are colder, around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to drive to Palisade.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Nature · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Palisade

— 1 night
Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 9th (Sun): learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies, learn about winemaking at Maison la Belle Vie Winery, then learn about winemaking at Hermosa Vineyards, and finally steep yourself in history at Western Slope Vietnam War Memorial.

For maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Palisade trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Palisade takes 1.5 hours. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Glenwood Springs in May: highs in Palisade hover around 73°F, while lows dip to 46°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Palisade

Wineries · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 night
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 10th (Mon), delve into the distant past at Long House, tour the pleasant surroundings at Petroglyph Point Hike, and then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Mesa Verde National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Traveling by car from Palisade to Mesa Verde National Park takes 5 hours. Traveling from Palisade in May, Mesa Verde National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) so you can drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Parks · Outdoors · Trails

Pagosa Springs

— 1 night
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. On the 11th (Tue), identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, delve into the distant past at Chimney Rock National Monument, then hike along San Juan River Walk, and finally let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, read Pagosa Springs trip builder site.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in May, plan for little chillier days in Pagosa Springs, with highs around 63°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) so you can fly back home.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Outdoors

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.