6 days in Colorado Itinerary

6 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado journey planner

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Steamboat Springs
— 1 day
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Durango
— 1 night
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Steamboat Springs

— 1 day

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then get advice or help at Tread of Pioneers Museum, then stop by Off the Beaten Path Bookstore, and finally see what you can catch with a fishing tour.

To see more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Steamboat Springs trip itinerary maker app.

Washington DC to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. When traveling from Washington DC in May, plan for a bit cooler days and colder nights in Steamboat Springs: temperatures range from 61°F by day to 35°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Shopping · Outdoors · Spas · Tours

Glenwood Springs

— 2 nights
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 29th (Sat), kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, then take in the exciting artwork at Cooper Corner Gallery, then examine the collection at Frontier Historical Museum, and finally stroll the grounds of Linwood Cemetery. Keep things going the next day: take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon, take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, and then trek along Grizzly Creek Trail.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Glenwood Springs online day trip planner.

You can drive from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs in 2.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in May, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from 46°F by day to 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Pagosa Springs

— 1 night
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. On the 31st (Mon), ride a horse along Diamond Hitch Stables, then trek along San Juan River Walk, then examine the collection at San Juan Historical Museum, and finally look for gifts at Lantern Dancer.

For other places to visit, ratings, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs trip planner.

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Pagosa Springs takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, car, taxi, and shuttle. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in May, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs: temperatures range from 63°F by day to 35°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Museums

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 night
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 1st (Tue): explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, make a trip to Park Point, hike along Spruce Canyon Trail, then explore the striking landscape at Square Tower House, and finally hike along Nordenskiold #16 Trail.

To see reviews, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park vacation tool.

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. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in May, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are a bit warmer (72°F), and nights are about the same (38°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Tue) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

Durango

— 1 night
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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): examine the collection at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum and then view the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Durango online journey planner.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In June, daily temperatures in Durango can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 44°F. On the 2nd (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Durango

Museums · Parks · Wildlife · Shopping
Highlights from your trip

Colorado travel guide

4.4
River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.