8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Los Angeles
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Montrose
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
2
Cortez
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
3
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Vail
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h
5
Estes Park
— 1 night
Fly:  6​h 15​min
End: Los Angeles

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. To see more things to do, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, read Montrose online route builder .

Los Angeles to Montrose is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Prepare for cooler weather when traveling from Los Angeles in November: high temperatures in Montrose hover around 53°F and lows are around 27°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Cortez.

Things to do in Montrose

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trip

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
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Museum of the Mountain West ©
Museum of the Mountain West

2
nights
Cortez

Cortez ©
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 27th (Wed): learn more about the world around you at The Anasazi Heritage Center, then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Far View Sites, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: admire the masterpieces at Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, then appreciate the history behind Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, and then explore the ancient world of Hovenweep National Monument.

To find reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Cortez trip itinerary website .

Drive from Montrose to Cortez in 3 hours. In November, plan for daily highs up to 55°F, and evening lows to 24°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites Nature Parks

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, The Anasazi Heritage Center
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The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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 29th (Fri): admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls and then hit the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: stroll through Piedra River Trail, then look for all kinds of wild species at Reservoir Hill Park, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find other places to visit, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs trip planner .

Getting from Cortez to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 2 hours. While traveling from Cortez, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Pagosa Springs, ranging from highs of 49°F to lows of 24°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Sat) so you can go by car to Vail.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Reservoir Hill Park ©
Reservoir Hill Park
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort

1
night
Vail

Vail ©
Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
On the 1st (Sun), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Beaver Creek Ski Area.

To see maps, photos, where to stay, and more tourist information, refer to the Vail travel route planner .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Vail takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and flight; or do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle. While traveling from Pagosa Springs, expect slightly colder days and about the same nights in Vail, ranging from highs of 34°F to lows of 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 1st (Sun) so you can drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Vail

Winter Sports Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Beaver Creek Ski Area
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Beaver Creek Ski Area ©
Beaver Creek Ski Area

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 2nd (Mon), look for all kinds of wild species at Wildlife Areas, view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

For more things to do, photos, ratings, and tourist information, read our Estes Park trip maker .

Traveling by car from Vail to Estes Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect warmer weather when traveling from Vail in December: highs in Estes Park hover around 46°F, while lows dip to 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Wildlife Tours Outdoors
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Photography Tours
Spas

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