8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Lexington
Fly:  7​h
1
Durango
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Pagosa Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
4
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Lexington

few
hours
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.
On the 26th (Mon), take in the exciting artwork at Scenic Aperture Gallery, admire the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and then view the masterpieces at Toh-Atin Gallery.

To find photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Durango travel route planner.

Lexington to Durango is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight, bus, and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Lexington to Durango is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Durango when traveling from Lexington in November, with lows around 23°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Mon) so you can go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Shopping Museums
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Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery
Earthen Vessel Gallery ©
Earthen Vessel Gallery
Scenic Aperture Gallery ©
Scenic Aperture Gallery

3
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. Shop till you drop at Two Old Crows and Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery. San Juan Historical Museum and Fred Harman Art Museum are good opportunities to explore the local culture. On the 28th (Wed), spend an exhilarating day on the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort. Next up on the itinerary: tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedra River Trail, view the masterpieces at Lantern Dancer, stop by Made in Colorado Shoppe, and soothe aching muscles at The Springs Resort & Spa.

For where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs trip tool .

You can drive from Durango to Pagosa Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In November, daytime highs in Pagosa Springs are 49°F, while nighttime lows are 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

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

1
night
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 30th (Fri): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, then stroll through Spruce Canyon Trail, and finally delve into the distant past at Far View Sites.

To see where to stay, ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park vacation builder site .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in November, you will find days in Mesa Verde National Park are somewhat warmer (55°F), and nights are about the same (24°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Fri) early enough to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Far View Sites ©
Far View Sites

1
night
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.
On the 1st (Sat), soothe aching muscles at some of the top local wellness centers, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, and then view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park. On your second day here, look for gifts at Glen Haven General Store, then stroll through The Beach at Grand Lake, then gear up at Never Summer Mountain Products, and finally admire the verdant scenery at Many Parks Curve Overlook.

For other places to visit, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Estes Park trip itinerary builder website .

Traveling by combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In December in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 46°F during the day and 17°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Wildlife Tours

Side Trips

Grand Lake, Rocky Mountain National Park
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Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook
Photography Tours

1
night
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): explore the striking landscape at Red Rock Canyon and then take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods.

For ratings, where to stay, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs online tour itinerary planner .

You can drive from Estes Park to Colorado Springs in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. In December in Colorado Springs, expect temperatures between 45°F during the day and 18°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

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