7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Des Moines
Fly + Shuttle:  6​h 15​min
1
Breckenridge
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 30​min
2
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  7​h
End: Des Moines

1
night
Breckenridge

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.
On the 16th (Sat), take an in-depth tour of Breckenridge Welcome Center and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To see traveler tips, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Breckenridge day trip planning tool .

Des Moines to Breckenridge is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. The time zone difference when traveling from Des Moines to Breckenridge is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Des Moines in March, things will get a bit cooler in Breckenridge: highs are around 33°F and lows about 19°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Copper Mountain, Frisco Adventure Park
Highlights from your plan
Frisco Adventure Park ©
Frisco Adventure Park
Copper Mountain ©
Copper Mountain
Spas & Wellness

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. Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): get a taste of the local shopping with Lantern Dancer, then view the masterpieces at Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery, then look for all kinds of wild species at Reservoir Hill Park, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: fly down the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort.

To see photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs trip website .

Getting from Breckenridge to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and car. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Breckenridge in March: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 51°F, while lows dip to 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
Reservoir Hill Park ©
Reservoir Hill Park

1
night
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.
On the 20th (Wed), view the masterpieces at Scenic Aperture Gallery, then get a taste of the local shopping with Toh-Atin Gallery, and then fly down the slopes at Purgatory Resort.

To see photos, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, use the Durango trip itinerary builder .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. March in Durango sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 23°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort
Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery
Scenic Aperture Gallery ©
Scenic Aperture Gallery

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nights
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 21st (Thu), steep yourself in history at Balcony House, explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then hike along Spruce Canyon Trail, and finally explore the ancient world of Far View Sites. On the 22nd (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: make a trip to Park Point and then trek along Prater Ridge Trail.

To see other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park holiday planner.

You can drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In March, plan for daily highs up to 59°F, and evening lows to 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Far View Sites ©
Far View Sites

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