8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Drive:  8​h 30​min
1
Durango
— Few hours
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
3
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Breckenridge
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
5
Snowmass Village
— 1 night
Drive:  11​h 15​min
End: Phoenix

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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 2nd (Sun): explore the galleries of Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum, look for gifts at Toh-Atin Gallery, and then learn about winemaking at Four Leaves Winery.

For reviews, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Durango road trip planner .

Phoenix to Durango is an approximately 4-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Phoenix in December, things will get colder in Durango: highs are around 40°F and lows about 13°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Museums Shopping Wineries
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Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery
Four Leaves Winery ©
Four Leaves Winery

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 3rd (Mon): admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls, look for gifts at Lantern Dancer, then take in the exciting artwork at Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery, and finally take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Tue): hit the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort.

For photos, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs day trip app .

Drive from Durango to Pagosa Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. December in Pagosa Springs sees daily highs of 38°F and lows of 14°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 4th (Tue) so you can travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
Treasure Falls ©
Treasure Falls

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.
Kick off your visit on the 5th (Wed): take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then identify plant and animal life at Sheep Lakes, then stroll through Hallett Peak, and finally appreciate the extensive heritage of Wild Basin Area. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Beach at Grand Lake, and then steep yourself in history at Holzwarth Historic Site.

To see where to stay, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Estes Park day trip planner .

You can do a combination of shuttle, flight, bus, and taxi from Pagosa Springs to Estes Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, bus, and taxi; or drive. While traveling from Pagosa Springs, expect a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Estes Park, ranging from highs of 46°F to lows of 17°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Rocky Mountain National Park, The Beach at Grand Lake
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Hallett Peak ©
Hallett Peak
Chapel on the Rock ©
Chapel on the Rock

1
night
Breckenridge

Breckenridge ©
Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
On the 7th (Fri), fly down the slopes at Copper Mountain and then hit the slopes at Frisco Adventure Park.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our Breckenridge trip planning site .

Traveling by car from Estes Park to Breckenridge takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. When traveling from Estes Park in December, plan for much colder days and about the same nights in Breckenridge: temperatures range from 25°F by day to 14°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 7th (Fri) early enough to travel to Snowmass Village.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Frisco Adventure Park, Copper Mountain
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Frisco Adventure Park ©
Frisco Adventure Park
Copper Mountain ©
Copper Mountain

1
night
Snowmass Village

Snowmass Village ©
Snowmass Village is a Home Rule Municipality in Pitkin County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): fly down the slopes at Aspen Snowmass and then look for gifts at Gene Taylor Sports.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Snowmass Village trip planner .

Getting from Breckenridge to Snowmass Village by car takes about 3 hours. Traveling from Breckenridge in December, you will find days in Snowmass Village are a bit warmer (35°F), and nights are about the same (10°F). Cap off your sightseeing on the 8th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Snowmass Village

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
Gene Taylor Sports ©
Gene Taylor Sports

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