7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Fly:  3​h 45​min
1
Durango
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Snowmass Village
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
4
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  3​h 45​min
End: Phoenix

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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.
Start off your visit on the 9th (Sun): take in the exciting artwork at Toh-Atin Gallery, admire the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and then see the interesting displays at Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

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Phoenix to Durango is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Phoenix in December, expect Durango to be cooler, temps between 40°F and 13°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Tours Museums Shopping
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Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery
Earthen Vessel Gallery ©
Earthen Vessel Gallery

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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. On the 10th (Mon), admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls, view the masterpieces at Lantern Dancer, then get a taste of the local shopping with Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery, and finally relax and rejuvenate at The Springs Resort & Spa. On your second day here, hit the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort.

To see photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, use the Pagosa Springs travel itinerary planner .

You can drive from Durango to Pagosa Springs in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a shuttle. In December in Pagosa Springs, expect temperatures between 38°F during the day and 14°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 11th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Snowmass Village.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
Treasure Falls ©
Treasure Falls

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Snowmass Village

Snowmass Village ©
Snowmass Village is a Home Rule Municipality in Pitkin County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 12th (Wed): stroll through Aspen Snowmass and then look for gifts at Gene Taylor Sports.

To find photos, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Snowmass Village trip planning site .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Snowmass Village in 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 35°F in December, and nighttime lows around 10°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Snowmass Village

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
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Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
Gene Taylor Sports ©
Gene Taylor Sports

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Estes Park

More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
On the 13th (Thu), look for gifts at Glen Haven General Store, stop by Never Summer Mountain Products, then stroll through The Beach at Grand Lake, and finally look for gifts at Earthwood Artisans. On the 14th (Fri), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, view the masterpieces at Bear Necessities & Cubs, then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find reviews, ratings, maps, and tourist information, read Estes Park itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Snowmass Village to Estes Park takes 5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Snowmass Village in December, with highs in Estes Park at 46°F and lows at 17°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Tours Wildlife

Side Trips

Grand Lake, Glen Haven General Store
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Photography Tours
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Glen Haven General Store ©
Glen Haven General Store

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Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
On the 15th (Sat), learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation, then look for all kinds of wild species at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods.

To see other places to visit, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Colorado Springs trip planner .

You can drive from Estes Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight; or do a combination of taxi and bus. In December, daily temperatures in Colorado Springs can reach 45°F, while at night they dip to 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Museums
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