5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

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5 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Birmingham
Fly + shuttle:  8​h 15​min
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Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  4​h
3
Denver
— 1 night
bus:  1​h
4
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 30​min
End: Birmingham

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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 3rd (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Lantern Dancer.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs day trip site .

Birmingham to Pagosa Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Birmingham to Pagosa Springs is minus 1 hour. Expect slightly colder weather when traveling from Birmingham in April: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 57°F, while lows dip to 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Thu) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Trails
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San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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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 5th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then hike along Spruce Canyon Trail.

To find ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park trip builder site .

You can 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. Expect a bit warmer weather when traveling from Pagosa Springs in April: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Denver.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Trails
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 6th (Sat): engage your brain at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, and then glide through natural beauty at Cherry Creek State Park.

For where to stay, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read our Denver trip itinerary tool .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and train from Mesa Verde National Park to Denver in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in April, you will find days in Denver are little chillier (59°F), and nights are about the same (34°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to take a bus to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Denver

Wildlife Parks Museums

Side Trips

Cherry Creek State Park, Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
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Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center ©
Cherry Creek State Park ©
Cherry Creek State Park
Molly Brown House Museum ©
Molly Brown House Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sun): take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon and then look for all kinds of wild species at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center.

To see other places to visit, where to stay, maps, and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip planning tool .

You can take a bus from Denver to Colorado Springs in an hour. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of train and flight. In April, plan for daily highs up to 60°F, and evening lows to 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Nature
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North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park
Red Rock Canyon Open Space ©
Red Rock Canyon Open Space

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