8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly + shuttle:  5​h 45​min
1
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
taxi + Fly:  5​h 15​min
3
Estes Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Breckenridge
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Aspen
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Dallas

1
night
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 8th (Sat): take in the exciting artwork at Two Old Crows and then admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls. On the 9th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in the exciting artwork at Lantern Dancer, get a taste of the local shopping with Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery, then explore the activities along San Juan River Walk, then look for gifts at Made in Colorado Shoppe, and finally relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

To find other places to visit, photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read Pagosa Springs trip planner .

Dallas to Pagosa Springs is an approximately 6-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus, car, and shuttle. Traveling from Dallas to Pagosa Springs, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Dallas in September, expect Pagosa Springs to be colder, temps between 72°F and 44°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Shopping
Highlights from your plan
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
Made in Colorado Shoppe ©
Made in Colorado Shoppe
Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery ©
Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery

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 10th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Long House.

For reviews, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip maker .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. While traveling from Pagosa Springs, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 80°F to lows of 45°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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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 11th (Tue): look for gifts at Earthwood Artisans, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, then look for gifts at The Old Fashion Candy Store, then look for gifts at Laura's Fine Candy, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park. Keep things going the next day: stop by Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, wander the streets of Downtown Estes Park, and then relax and rejuvenate at some of the top local wellness centers.

For ratings, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, you can read our Estes Park sightseeing planner .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park by combination of taxi, flight, and bus takes about 5.5 hours. Other options: drive. In September, daytime highs in Estes Park are 81°F, while nighttime lows are 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Wed) early enough to drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Estes Park

Tours Wildlife Neighborhoods
Highlights from your plan
Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures ©
Laura's Fine Candy ©
Laura's Fine Candy

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 13th (Thu): look for gifts at Breckenridge Hat Company, then look for gifts at The Cheese Shop of Breckenridge, then stop by Ready Paint Fire!, and finally relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

Make your Breckenridge itinerary with Inspirock to find out what to see and where to go.

Getting from Estes Park to Breckenridge by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. When traveling from Estes Park in September, plan for colder days in Breckenridge, with highs around 58°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 43°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 13th (Thu) so you can go by car to Aspen.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Tours Adventure Outdoors

Side Trip

River Rafting & Tubing
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Breckenridge Hat Company ©
Breckenridge Hat Company
Ready Paint Fire! ©
Ready Paint Fire!

2
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 14th (Fri): trek along Maroon Lake Scenic Trail, then stop by Gene Taylor Sports, then look for gifts at Snowmass Sports, and finally pause for some photo ops at The John Denver Sanctuary. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at The Emporium And Flying Circus, stop by Explore Booksellers, and then identify plant and animal life at Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area.

To find maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, you can read our Aspen trip itinerary maker tool .

Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Aspen takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Breckenridge in September, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Aspen: temperatures range from 72°F by day to 41°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Shopping Outdoors

Side Trips

Snowmass Village, Maroon Bells-Snowmass Wilderness Area
Highlights from your plan
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail
Gene Taylor Sports ©
Gene Taylor Sports
Snowmass Sports ©
Snowmass Sports

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