5 days in Colorado Itinerary

5 days in Colorado Itinerary

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5 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  6​h 45​min
1
Estes Park
— 1 night
Fly + taxi:  5​h 15​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  8​h
End: Houston

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then shop like a local with Patterson Glassworks Studio & Gallery, and then appreciate the views at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

For photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, read Estes Park trip planning site .

Houston to Estes Park is an approximately 7-hour flight. 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 April, expect nights in Estes Park to be much colder, around 35°F, while days are little chillier, around 64°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sun) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Wildlife Tours Outdoors

Side Trip

Many Parks Curve Overlook
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Photography Tours
Mountain Blown Glass ©
Mountain Blown Glass

1
day
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.
On the 22nd (Mon), don't miss a visit to Park Point, delve into the distant past at Far View Sites, then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum.

To see photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park trip maker app .

Getting from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive. Traveling from Estes Park in April, Mesa Verde National Park is little chillier at night with lows of 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Mon) so you can go by car to Pagosa Springs.

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

2
nights
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 23rd (Tue): take in the exciting artwork at Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Reservoir Hill Park, and then soothe aching muscles at The Springs Resort & Spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Two Old Crows and then look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs trip planner .

Drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in April, you will find days in Pagosa Springs are little chillier (57°F), and nights are about the same (29°F). On the 24th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Wildlife Nature
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The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
Reservoir Hill Park ©
Reservoir Hill Park

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