8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Montrose
— 1 night
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Cortez
— 2 nights
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Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
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Vail
— 1 night
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Estes Park
— 1 night

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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 maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, read our Montrose holiday planner.

Los Angeles to Montrose is an approximately 5.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Los Angeles to Montrose is 1 hour. In November, Montrose is much colder than Los Angeles - with highs of 53°F and lows of 27°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Tue) so you can travel to Cortez.

Things to do in Montrose

Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trip

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

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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.
On the 27th (Wed), learn more about the world around you at The Anasazi Heritage Center, explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Far View Sites, and finally steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace. Keep things going the next day: admire the masterpieces at Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, then delve into the distant past at Canyons of the Ancients National Monument, and then explore the ancient world of Hovenweep National Monument.

To find reviews, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Cortez online driving holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Montrose to Cortez takes 3 hours. Expect a daytime high around 55°F in November, and nighttime lows around 24°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 28th (Thu) early enough to travel to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites · Nature · Parks · Museums

Side Trips

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The Anasazi Heritage Center
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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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 fly down the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort. On the 30th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: trek along 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 more things to do, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs day trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Cortez to Pagosa Springs takes 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. 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 · Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
Reservoir Hill Park ©
Reservoir Hill Park

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Vail

Vail ©

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sun): hit the slopes at Beaver Creek Ski Area.

For photos, where to stay, reviews, and tourist information, read our Vail tour itinerary maker tool.

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Vail by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in November, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Vail: temperatures range from 34°F by day to 22°F at night. 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

Highlights from your plan
Beaver Creek Ski Area ©
Beaver Creek Ski Area

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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.
Start off your visit on the 2nd (Mon): surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour, then view the masterpieces at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To see reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, refer to the Estes Park trip maker website.

Traveling by car from Vail to Estes Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Vail in December, expect nights in Estes Park to be about the same, around 17°F, while days are warmer, around 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Wildlife · Outdoors · Tours · Spas
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Spas
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park
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