5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Colorado Springs
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Estes Park
— 1 night


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.
On the 17th (Fri), stroll around Garden of the Gods and then step into the grandiose world of Glen Eyrie Castle.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip planner.

Augusta to Colorado Springs is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Augusta to Colorado Springs. Traveling from Augusta in May, you will find days in Colorado Springs are little chillier (68°F), and nights are much colder (42°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Fri) so you can go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks · Historic Sites

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 18th (Sat), view the masterpieces at Two Old Crows, then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls, then take in the exciting artwork at Lantern Dancer, and finally take in the natural beauty of Bath House (Hot Springs) @ The Springs Resort & Spa.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Pagosa Springs trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Pagosa Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Colorado Springs in May, expect Pagosa Springs to be a bit cooler, temps between 63°F and 35°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sat) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Nature · Parks · Shopping · Museums

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 19th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

Drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. While traveling from Pagosa Springs, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 72°F to lows of 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites

Estes Park

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Mon): look for gifts at Laura's Fine Candy, then stop by Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, then stop by Brownfield's, and finally look for gifts at Glen Haven General Store.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, refer to the Estes Park visit planning tool.

Traveling by flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In May, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 43°F. You'll have a few hours on the 21st (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Shopping · Museums

Side Trip

Colorado travel guide

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.