8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 45​min
2
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
5
Estes Park
— 1 night
Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: New York City

1
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.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sat): examine the collection at Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center.

For other places to visit, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs driving holiday planner .

New York City to Colorado Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of bus and flight; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. When traveling from New York City in March, plan for a bit warmer days and slightly colder nights in Colorado Springs: temperatures range from 57°F by day to 28°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Museums

Side Trips

Manitou Springs Heritage Center, Rocky Mountain Dinosaur Resource Center
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park

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 18th (Mon): hit the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort. On the 19th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: view the masterpieces at Two Old Crows, then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers, then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls, and finally get a taste of the local shopping with Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery.

To find ratings, maps, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Pagosa Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of flight and shuttle. Traveling from Colorado Springs in March, expect nights in Pagosa Springs to be about the same, around 24°F, while days are slightly colder, around 51°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Winter Sports Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort

1
night
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Wed): view the masterpieces at Scenic Aperture Gallery, take in the exciting artwork at Toh-Atin Gallery, and then hit the slopes at Purgatory Resort.

To see ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Durango holiday planner .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. March in Durango sees daily highs of 56°F and lows of 23°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Wed) so you can drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort
Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery
Scenic Aperture Gallery ©
Scenic Aperture Gallery

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 21st (Thu): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, then trek along Spruce Canyon Trail, and finally delve into the distant past at Far View Sites.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park route planner.

Drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In March, daytime highs in Mesa Verde National Park are 59°F, while nighttime lows are 24°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Far View Sites ©
Far View Sites

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Fri): shop like a local with The Studio Fine Art and Framing, shop like a local with Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then explore the wealth of natural beauty at Sheep Lakes, then take in the awesome beauty at Many Parks Curve Overlook, and finally stroll through The Beach at Grand Lake.

To find more things to do, ratings, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Estes Park trip itinerary builder .

Do a combination of taxi, flight, and bus from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. In March, daytime highs in Estes Park are 61°F, while nighttime lows are 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Sat) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Beaches Outdoors

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, The Beach at Grand Lake
Highlights from your plan
Many Parks Curve Overlook ©
Many Parks Curve Overlook
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Sheep Lakes ©
Sheep Lakes

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