8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
Fly:  8​h 30​min
1
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly + Taxi:  4​h 45​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Durango
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
+2
Shuttle + Fly + Bus:  10​h 15​min
End: New York City

2
nights
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 30th (Sun): stop by Earthwood Artisans and then look for gifts at Purple Mountain Taffy Company. On your second day here, shop like a local with Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then capture your vacation like a pro with an inspiring photography tour, and then look for gifts at Scot's Sporting Goods.

To see maps, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, read Estes Park online trip builder .

New York City to Estes Park is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight, bus, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Traveling from New York City in December, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Estes Park, with lows of 17°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Tue) early enough to go by car to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Wildlife Shopping

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, Never Summer Mountain Products
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Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Purple Mountain Taffy Company ©
Purple Mountain Taffy Company
Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak

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.
On the 2nd (Wed), look for all kinds of wild species at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center, then take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods, and then explore the historical opulence of Glen Eyrie Castle.

To see maps, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, use the Colorado Springs travel planner .

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Colorado Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and flight. Expect a daytime high around 46°F in January, and nighttime lows around 18°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Glen Eyrie Castle ©
Glen Eyrie Castle
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park

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.
On the 3rd (Thu), explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To see reviews, other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip planning tool .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Colorado Springs in January, plan for a bit cooler nights in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows around 13°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Thu) so you can go by car to Durango.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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 4th (Fri): admire the masterpieces at Earthen Vessel Gallery, then explore the galleries of Toh-Atin Gallery, and then fly down the slopes at Purgatory Resort.

To see traveler tips, ratings, reviews, and tourist information, refer to the Durango trip maker tool .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus; or do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In January in Durango, expect temperatures between 38°F during the day and 10°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 4th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort
Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery
Earthen Vessel Gallery ©
Earthen Vessel Gallery

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 5th (Sat): look for gifts at Two Old Crows, look for gifts at Made in Colorado Shoppe, then take in the exciting artwork at Lantern Dancer, then shop like a local with Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery, and finally witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa.

Use Inspirock's suggestions to plan your Pagosa Springs trip and find the best activities and attractions for your vacation.

Traveling by car from Durango to Pagosa Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In January, plan for daily highs up to 37°F, and evening lows to 13°F. You'll set off for home on the 6th (Sun).

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Shopping Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Two Old Crows ©
Two Old Crows
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery ©

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