8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Houston
Fly:  5​h
1
Montrose
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Shuttle + Fly:  4​h 30​min
4
Denver
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h
End: Houston

1
night
Montrose

Montrose ©
The City of Montrose is the Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Montrose County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 14th (Sat): get engrossed in the history at Museum of the Mountain West. On your second day here, see the interesting displays at Delta County Museum and then explore the striking landscape of Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

To find traveler tips, more things to do, where to stay, and other tourist information, use the Montrose trip planner .

Houston to Montrose is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Houston to Montrose is minus 1 hour. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Houston in December: high temperatures in Montrose hover around 39°F and lows are around 16°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Montrose

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Delta County Museum, Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Highlights from your plan
Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West
Delta County Museum ©
Delta County Museum

3
nights
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.
Get in touch with nature at Hovenweep National Monument and Petroglyph Point Hike. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Spruce Tree House and Long House. Change things up with these side-trips from Mesa Verde National Park: Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum (in Cortez) and The Anasazi Heritage Center (in Dolores). And it doesn't end there: examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, make a trip to Far View Sites, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace.

Discover how to plan a Mesa Verde National Park trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Montrose to Mesa Verde National Park in 3.5 hours. December in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 44°F and lows of 15°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Wed) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Cortez, The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center

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. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): hike along Piedra River Trail and then fly down the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort. On your second day here, take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa, view the masterpieces at Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery, then take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Two Old Crows.

For other places to visit, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs travel itinerary 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 December: highs in Pagosa Springs hover around 38°F, while lows dip to 14°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 20th (Fri) so you can travel to Denver.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

1
night
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
On the 21st (Sat), get curious at Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center, then explore the galleries of Molly Brown House Museum, then explore the different monuments and memorials at Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum, and finally take an in-depth tour of Golden History Museum & Park.

Make your Denver itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

You can do a combination of shuttle and flight from Pagosa Springs to Denver in 4.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of car and flight; or drive. In December in Denver, expect temperatures between 43°F during the day and 19°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Museums Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Golden, Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center
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Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum ©
Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum
Butterfly Pavilion and Insect Center ©
Golden History Museum & Park ©
Golden History Museum & Park

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