8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Cortez
— 1 night
Drive
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Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mosca
— 1 night
Drive
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Salida
— 1 night
Drive
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Estes Park
— 2 nights
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Cortez

— 1 night
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Sat): get a new perspective on nature at The Anasazi Heritage Center and then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Sun): delve into the distant past at Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and then delve into the distant past at Hovenweep National Monument.

For traveler tips, more things to do, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Cortez trip itinerary website.

Austin to Cortez is an approximately 7-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Austin to Cortez is minus 1 hour. When traveling from Austin in November, plan for a bit cooler days in Cortez, with highs around 55°F, while nights are cooler with lows around 24°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Museums

Side Trips

Pagosa Springs

— 2 nights
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 30th (Mon): fly down the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort. Keep things going the next day: look for all kinds of wild species at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, then hike along Piedra River Trail, and finally indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

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You can drive from Cortez to Pagosa Springs in 2 hours. When traveling from Cortez in November, plan for little chillier days in Pagosa Springs, with highs around 49°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to drive to Mosca.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks · Outdoors · Winter Sports · Trails

Mosca

— 1 night
Mosca is an unincorporated community and a U.S. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Colorado Gators Reptile Park, admire the sheer force of Zapata Falls, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at Sand Dunes Swimming Pool & RV.

To find where to stay, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Mosca day trip planner.

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Mosca in 2 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Mosca when traveling from Pagosa Springs in December, with lows around 2°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can drive to Salida.

Things to do in Mosca

Parks · Nature · Wildlife

Side Trip

Salida

— 1 night
The City of Salida is a Statutory City that is the county seat and most populous city of Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. On the 3rd (Thu), trot along with Granite Mountain Outfitters, do a tasting at Vino Salida Wine Cellars, and then whizz through the canopy at Captain Zipline.

For photos and tourist information, refer to the Salida trip planning website.

Getting from Mosca to Salida by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Mosca in December, Salida is a bit warmer at night with lows of 20°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Salida

Outdoors · Tours · Adventure · Wineries

Estes Park

— 2 nights
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 4th (Fri): explore the activities along Sprague Lake, then explore the striking landscape at Alluvial Fan, and then brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Dancing Pines Distillery. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: get a taste of the local shopping with Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, take an exotic tour of Estes Park Guided Tours, and then learn about winemaking at Snowy Peaks Winery.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, go to the Estes Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Salida to Estes Park takes 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or fly. December in Estes Park sees daily highs of 46°F and lows of 17°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Breweries & Distilleries

Side Trip

Colorado travel guide

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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.