5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

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5 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly + shuttle:  7​h 45​min
1
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Estes Park
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Houston

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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. Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sat): view the masterpieces at Two Old Crows.

To find photos, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs holiday planner.

Houston to Pagosa Springs is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Houston in November, expect Pagosa Springs to be much colder, temps between 49°F and 24°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Museums
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Two Old Crows ©
Two Old Crows
Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery ©
Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace.

For other places to visit, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary maker app .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 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 55°F to lows of 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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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.
On the 6th (Tue), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, then look for gifts at Earthwood Artisans, then wander the streets of Downtown Estes Park, and finally look for gifts at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Estes Park travel route site .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In November, daytime highs in Estes Park are 57°F, while nighttime lows are 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Tue) so you can drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Neighborhoods Shopping Museums
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Downtown Estes Park ©
Downtown Estes Park
Earthwood Artisans ©
Earthwood Artisans

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Colorado Springs

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 7th (Wed), explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon and then explore the striking landscape at Garden of the Gods.

For reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Estes Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. In November, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 27°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Red Rock Canyon Open Space ©
Red Rock Canyon Open Space

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