7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  4​h 45​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Fly + Taxi:  5​h 15​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h
5
Aspen
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Houston

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night
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.
Start off your visit on the 1st (Sun): examine the collection at Miramont Castle Museum and then explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon Open Space. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon): stroll around North Cheyenne Canon Park, look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center, and then stop by Garden of the Gods Trading Post.

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Houston to Colorado Springs is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. You'll gain 1 hour traveling from Houston to Colorado Springs due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Houston in September, you will find days in Colorado Springs are a bit cooler (79°F), and nights are much colder (51°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Nature

Side Trips

Manitou Springs, Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
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Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Garden of the Gods Trading Post ©
Garden of the Gods Trading Post
Miramont Castle Museum ©
Miramont Castle Museum

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nights
Estes Park

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Tue): relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then view the masterpieces at Mountain Blown Glass, and then hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour. On the 4th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: examine the collection at Red Rose Rock Shop & Dick's Rock Museum, then get advice or help at Estes Park Visitor Center, then view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and finally take a stroll through Downtown Estes Park.

To see photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, read our Estes Park trip planner.

You can drive from Colorado Springs to Estes Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. In September, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach 81°F, while at night they dip to 50°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Wed) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Wildlife Neighborhoods
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Mountain Blown Glass ©
Mountain Blown Glass

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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.
Start off your visit on the 5th (Thu): delve into the distant past at Long House, explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, then contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park online travel route planner .

Getting from Estes Park to Mesa Verde National Park by combination of flight and taxi takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Estes Park in September, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows of 45°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Thu) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Long House ©
Long House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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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. Start off your visit on the 6th (Fri): take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls, then look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, and then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

To see traveler tips, photos, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs visit planner .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 72°F, while lows dip to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Fri) so you can drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Wildlife Nature
Highlights from your plan
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park
Spas

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night
Aspen

Aspen
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 7th (Sat): pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary, then see a world frozen in time at Holden Marolt Mining & Ranching Museum, and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see ratings, reviews, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Aspen tour itinerary maker .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Aspen in 5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 72°F in September, and nighttime lows around 41°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Historic Sites Parks
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The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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