7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Bemidji
Fly:  14​h 15​min
1
Cortez
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Vail
— 2 nights
Drive + Fly:  11​h 30​min
End: Bemidji

2
nights
Cortez

Cortez ©
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Mon): delve into the distant past at Hovenweep National Monument, examine the collection at Rio Grande Southern Railroad Museum., and then get engrossed in the history at The Anasazi Heritage Center. Here are some ideas for day two: trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Cortez trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Bemidji to Cortez is an approximately 14.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Bemidji, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Cortez, ranging from highs of 65°F to lows of 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) so you can travel to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Dolores
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The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike

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. Kick off your visit on the 29th (Wed): fly down the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls. On the next day, pedal to the sights with Bike Tours, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and then trek along Piedra River Trail.

To see reviews and tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs trip planner .

You can drive from Cortez to Pagosa Springs in 2 hours. While traveling from Cortez, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of 57°F to lows of 29°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 30th (Thu) so you can drive to Vail.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
River Rafting & Tubing
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort

2
nights
Vail

Vail ©
Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Fri): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then hit the slopes at Beaver Creek Ski Area.

To find other places to visit, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Vail trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Vail takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in April, expect nights in Vail to be a bit cooler, around 22°F, while days are cooler, around 35°F. You will leave for home on the 2nd (Sat).

Things to do in Vail

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trip

Beaver Creek Ski Area
Highlights from your plan
Beaver Creek Ski Area ©
Beaver Creek Ski Area

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