7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Fly to Denver, Shuttle to Keystone
— 1 night
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
— 3 nights


Keystone — 1 night

Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): tour the pleasant surroundings at Loveland Ski Area and then take some stellar pictures from Sapphire Point Overlook. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): hit the slopes at Arapahoe Basin, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then gear up at Blue River Sports.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Keystone visit planning website.

Peoria to Keystone is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Peoria to Keystone, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Peoria in April, things will get colder in Keystone: highs are around 27°F and lows about 15°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Mon) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.
Parks · Winter Sports · Outdoors · Spas
Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park — 2 nights

Start off your visit on the 4th (Tue): don't miss a visit to Park Point, contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and then see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum. On the 5th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, then trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, then cruise along Ruins Road, and finally delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

To see photos, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

You can fly from Keystone to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or drive; or do a combination of bus and car. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Keystone in April: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 65°F, while lows dip to 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.
Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Durango — 3 nights

Get in touch with nature at Million Dollar Highway and Animas River Trail. Museum-lovers will get to explore Canyons Of The Ancients Visitor Center & Museum and The Anasazi Heritage Center. There's more to do: delve into the lush surroundings at San Juan National Forest and contemplate the waterfront views at Animas River.

To find reviews, traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Durango road trip site.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango by car takes about 1.5 hours. Other options: take a shuttle. In April in Durango, expect temperatures between 62°F during the day and 28°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to fly back home.
Parks · Outdoors · Museums · Scenic Drive
Side Trips

Colorado travel guide

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.