5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

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5 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
Fly + shuttle:  6​h
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 night
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Des Moines

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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. Start off your visit on the 17th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Two Old Crows and then relax and rejuvenate at The Springs Resort & Spa. On the next day, take in the exciting artwork at Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls.

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Des Moines to Pagosa Springs is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and car. The time zone difference when traveling from Des Moines to Pagosa Springs is minus 1 hour. In May, Pagosa Springs is little chillier than Des Moines - with highs of 63°F and lows of 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Sat) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors
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The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
River Rafting & Tubing
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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Park Point, explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, steep yourself in history at Balcony House, then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, and finally get to know the fascinating history of Far View Sites.

For maps, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park journey 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 and bus. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in May, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sun) to allow time to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
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.
Kick off your visit on the 20th (Mon): shop like a local with Mountain Blown Glass, then stop by Brownfield's, then take in the exciting artwork at Aspen and Evergreen Gallery, and finally capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour. Here are some ideas for day two: relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas and then enjoy the sand and surf at The Beach at Grand Lake.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Estes Park online visit planner .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park by combination of taxi and flight takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive. In May, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trip

The Beach at Grand Lake
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Aspen and Evergreen Gallery ©
Aspen and Evergreen Gallery
Mountain Blown Glass ©
Mountain Blown Glass
Photography Tours

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