6 days in Colorado Itinerary

6 days in Colorado Itinerary

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6 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly:  5​h
1
Durango
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 30​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 30​min
4
Breckenridge
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
5
Denver
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Dallas

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Durango

Durango ©
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Kick off your visit on the 4th (Thu): see the interesting displays at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum and then hike along Animas River Trail.

Before you visit Durango, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

Dallas to Durango is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Dallas to Durango due to the time zone difference. When traveling from Dallas in July, plan for little chillier days and cooler nights in Durango: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 54°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail

1
night
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 (Fri): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, and finally delve into the distant past at Long House.

To see reviews, photos, and tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary builder tool .

Traveling by car from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In July in Mesa Verde National Park, expect temperatures between 90°F during the day and 56°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Long House ©
Long House
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 6th (Sat): indulge in some personalized pampering at The Springs Resort & Spa, look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 7th (Sun): view the masterpieces at Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery, then gear up at Gear Rentals, then stroll through Piedra River Trail, and finally view the masterpieces at Two Old Crows.

For more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs day trip app .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in July, expect Pagosa Springs to be little chillier, temps between 81°F and 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sun) so you can drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature
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Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
Breckenridge

Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Mon): take in the pleasant sights at Fairy Forest, then explore the landscape on two wheels at Wellington Trail, then cruise along Boreas Pass Road, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To find where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and more tourist information, use the Breckenridge online tour builder .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Breckenridge takes 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in July, plan for a bit cooler days in Breckenridge, with highs around 65°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 49°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Mon) early enough to go by car to Denver.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Adventure Tours

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing

1
night
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.
On the 9th (Tue), shop like a local with Denver Botanic Gardens, then steep yourself in history at Molly Brown House Museum, and then stroll the grounds of Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Denver trip itinerary site .

You can drive from Breckenridge to Denver in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. When traveling from Breckenridge in July, plan for much hotter days and somewhat warmer nights in Denver: temperatures range from 87°F by day to 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Shopping

Side Trip

Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum
Highlights from your plan
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum ©
Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum
Molly Brown House Museum ©
Molly Brown House Museum

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