60 days in South Central Colorado Itinerary

60 days in South Central Colorado Itinerary

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60 days in South Central Colorado Itinerary

Start: Austin
Fly + Drive:  6​h 30​min
1
Mosca
— 7 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Creede
— 8 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
3
Salida
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Leadville
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Fairplay
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Cripple Creek
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
7
Colorado Springs
— 12 nights
Fly:  5​h 45​min
End: Austin

7
nights
Mosca

Mosca ©
Mosca is an unincorporated community and a U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Mosca: Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve (High Dune Trail & Little Medano Creek). There's much more to do: explore the fascinating landscape at Great Sand Dunes National Park, contemplate the waterfront views at South Zapata Lake, take in the dramatic scenery at Zapata Falls, and look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Gators Reptile Park.

To find more things to do, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mosca trip itinerary planner.

Austin to Mosca is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Austin to Mosca. While traveling from Austin, expect slightly colder days and much colder nights in Mosca, ranging from highs of 76°F to lows of 39°F. You will leave for Creede on the 8th (Sun).

Things to do in Mosca

Parks Nature Wildlife

Side Trips

Hooper, Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
Highlights from your plan
Great Sand Dunes National Park ©
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Zapata Falls ©
Zapata Falls
South Zapata Lake ©
South Zapata Lake

8
nights
Creede

Creede ©
The historic City of Creede is the Statutory Town that is the county seat and the only incorporated municipality in Mineral County, Colorado, United States. Creede is known for nature, museums, nightlife, historic sites, and scenic drive. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Bachelor Loop, explore and take pictures at Silver Thread Scenic and Historic Byway, look for all kinds of wild species at North Clear Creek Falls, and view the masterpieces at Rare Things Gallery.

To find other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Creede trip planner .

Traveling by car from Mosca to Creede takes 1.5 hours. While traveling from Mosca, expect colder days and about the same nights in Creede, ranging from highs of 50°F to lows of 36°F. On the 16th (Mon), you're off toSalida.

Things to do in Creede

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Wheeler Geologic Area ©
Wheeler Geologic Area
Creede Underground Mining Museum ©
Creede Underground Mining Museum
North Clear Creek Falls ©
North Clear Creek Falls

8
nights
Salida

The City of Salida is a Statutory City that is the county seat and most populous city of Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Venture out of the city with trips to Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery (in Nathrop), Buena Vista (Cottonwood Lake, Vicksburg, & more) and Mosca Pass Trail (in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve). Next up on the itinerary: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, walk around Arkansas Headwaters Recreation Area, learn about winemaking at Vino Salida Wine Cellars, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Soulcraft Brewing.

To find maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Salida holiday planning site .

Drive from Creede to Salida in 2.5 hours. When traveling from Creede in September, plan for warmer days and a bit warmer nights in Salida: temperatures range from 76°F by day to 48°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) so you can drive to Leadville.

Things to do in Salida

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Buena Vista, Mosca Pass Trail, Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Riverside Park ©
Riverside Park
Spas

8
nights
Leadville

Leadville ©
Leadville is the statutory city that is the county seat and only incorporated municipality in Lake County, Colorado, United States. Take a break from Leadville with a short trip to Clear Creek Reservoir in Buena Vista, about 48 minutes away. There's lots more to do: trek along Hagerman Tunnel, identify plant and animal life at Leadville National Fish Hatchery, stroll through Mosquito Pass, and go deep underground at Hopemore Mine Tour.

To find ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and more tourist information, go to the Leadville trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Salida to Leadville takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Salida in September, expect Leadville to be a bit cooler, temps between 63°F and 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) to allow time to drive to Fairplay.

Things to do in Leadville

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Clear Creek Reservoir
Highlights from your plan
Hagerman Tunnel ©
Hagerman Tunnel
Mount Elbert ©
Mount Elbert
National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum ©

8
nights
Fairplay

Fairplay ©
Fairplay is the statutory town that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Park County, Colorado, United States. Step out of Fairplay to go to Lake George and see Tarryall River Ranch, which is approximately 1h 10 min away. And it doesn't end there: see a world frozen in time at South Park City Museum, explore and take pictures at Kenosha Pass, get a taste of life in the country at American Safari Ranch, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at South Park Brewing Colorado.

For more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, read Fairplay vacation builder tool .

Traveling by car from Leadville to Fairplay takes 1.5 hours. In October, daily temperatures in Fairplay can reach 52°F, while at night they dip to 25°F. You'll set off for Cripple Creek on the 10th (Thu).

Things to do in Fairplay

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Tarryall River Ranch
Highlights from your plan
Kenosha Pass ©
Kenosha Pass
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum
American Safari Ranch ©
American Safari Ranch

8
nights
Cripple Creek

The City of Cripple Creek is the Statutory City that is the county seat of Teller County, Colorado, United States. Explore Cripple Creek's surroundings by going to Divide (Paradox Beer Company, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, & more), Canon City (The Abbey Events Complex, River Rafting & Tubing, & more) and Lake George (Eleven Mile State Park, Wilkerson Pass, & more). There's much more to do: discover the riches below the earth's surface at Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine, stroll the grounds of Mt Pisgah Cemetery, contemplate the long history of Old Homestead House Museum, and examine the collection at Outlaw and Lawmen Jail Museum.

For more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, refer to the Cripple Creek trip site .

Traveling by car from Fairplay to Cripple Creek takes 1.5 hours. Traveling from Fairplay in October, things will get a bit warmer in Cripple Creek: highs are around 71°F and lows about 45°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Cripple Creek

Outdoors Parks Museums

Side Trips

Canon City, Victor, Divide, Lake George
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine ©
Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine
Skyline Drive ©
Skyline Drive

12
nights
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.
Colorado Springs is known for parks, zoos & aquariums, nature, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: walk around Garden of the Gods, admire the sheer force of The Broadmoor Seven Falls, learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, and shake up your sightseeing with a climbing tour.

To find more things to do and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs itinerary builder app .

You can drive from Cripple Creek to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Cripple Creek in October, plan for slightly colder nights in Colorado Springs, with lows around 39°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, 300 Days of Shine, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain ©
Pike's Peak - America's Mountain
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo