8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
— 3 nights
Steamboat Springs
— 1 night
Glenwood Springs
— 3 nights


Mesa Verde National Park — 1 day

Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 11th (Sat), delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To find reviews, maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

New York City to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, car, shuttle, taxi, and bus. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Mesa Verde National Park. Traveling from New York City in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be colder in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows of 15°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sat) so you can go by car to Durango.
Historic Sites

Durango — 3 nights

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 12th (Sun): relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour and then head outdoors with Outdoor Activities. On the next day, stop by Honeyville, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at San Juan National Forest, and then get interesting insight from Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum.

To find reviews, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Durango trip builder.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. December in Durango sees daily highs of 40°F and lows of 13°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 14th (Tue) so you can fly to Steamboat Springs.
Tours · Outdoors · Adventure · Nature

Steamboat Springs — 1 night

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
On the 14th (Tue), get advice or help at Tread of Pioneers Museum, then witness a stunning natural landmark at Strawberry Park Hot Springs, and then admire the sheer force of Fish Creek Falls.

For maps, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read Steamboat Springs trip planner.

Fly from Durango to Steamboat Springs in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. When traveling from Durango in December, plan for a bit cooler days in Steamboat Springs, with highs around 29°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 9°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Wed) so you can go by car to Glenwood Springs.
Nature · Parks · Historic Sites · Museums

Glenwood Springs — 3 nights

Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Get outdoors at Hanging Lake Trail and Hanging Lake. Step out of Glenwood Springs to go to Aspen and see Maroon Bells, which is approximately 1h 25 min away. There's more to do: boost your wellbeing at Glenwood Hot Springs Pool and let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour.

For maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs road trip app.

Getting from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. Expect somewhat warmer evenings in Glenwood Springs when traveling from Steamboat Springs in December, with lows around 15°F. On the 18th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can fly back home.
Parks · Spas · Nature · Outdoors
Side Trip

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.