8 days in South Central Colorado Itinerary

8 days in South Central Colorado Itinerary

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8 days in South Central Colorado Itinerary

Start: New York City
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Cripple Creek
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Canon City
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
4
Salida
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
5
Leadville
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + foot:  10​h 15​min
End: New York City

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night
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Pikes Peak. On the 27th (Sat), take in the pleasant sights at Pikes Peak and then get to know the fascinating history of Old Colorado City Historic District.

To find ratings, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip builder site .

New York City to Colorado Springs is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of bus and flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from New York City to Colorado Springs, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. Traveling from New York City in July, Colorado Springs is a bit cooler at night with lows of 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Cripple Creek.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Historic Sites Outdoors

Side Trip

Manitou Cliff Dwellings
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pikes Peak ©
Pikes Peak

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Cripple Creek

Cripple Creek ©
The City of Cripple Creek is the Statutory City that is the county seat of Teller County, Colorado, United States. On the 29th (Mon), admire all the interesting features of Mollie Kathleen Gold Mine, then contemplate the long history of Old Homestead House Museum, and then identify plant and animal life at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center.

To find where to stay, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, read Cripple Creek online tour planner .

Drive from Colorado Springs to Cripple Creek in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In July, plan for daily highs up to 90°F, and evening lows to 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Mon) to allow time to drive to Canon City.

Things to do in Cripple Creek

Wildlife Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
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Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Old Homestead House Museum ©
Old Homestead House Museum

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Canon City

Part of Colorado's Royal Gorge Region, Cañon City straddles the Arkansas River.
Start off your visit on the 30th (Tue): admire all the interesting features of Skyline Drive and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

For traveler tips, photos, maps, and tourist information, use the Canon City road trip app .

Traveling by car from Cripple Creek to Canon City takes 1.5 hours. Expect a daytime high around 90°F in July, and nighttime lows around 63°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 30th (Tue) so you can go by car to Salida.

Things to do in Canon City

Outdoors Adventure Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing

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Salida

The City of Salida is a Statutory City that is the county seat and most populous city of Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 31st (Wed): identify plant and animal life at Mt. Shavano Fish Hatchery and then get interesting insight from Tours.

To see photos, traveler tips, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Salida day trip tool .

Traveling by car from Canon City to Salida takes 1.5 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Canon City in July, with highs in Salida at 83°F and lows at 55°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Wed) early enough to go by car to Leadville.

Things to do in Salida

Adventure Tours Outdoors

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Climbing Tours
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Climbing Tours
Mt. Shavano Fish Hatchery ©
Mt. Shavano Fish Hatchery

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Leadville

Leadville ©
Leadville is the statutory city that is the county seat and only incorporated municipality in Lake County, Colorado, United States. On the 1st (Thu), mingle with the ghosts of the past at South Park City Museum and then get interesting insight from Tours. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: trek along Leadville National Fish Hatchery and then identify plant and animal life at Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery.

To find photos, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read Leadville day trip site .

You can drive from Salida to Leadville in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Salida in July, expect Leadville to be a bit cooler, temps between 71°F and 40°F. You'll have a few hours on the 3rd (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Leadville

Outdoors Wildlife Parks

Side Trips

South Park City Museum, River Rafting & Tubing, Chalk Cliff Fish Hatchery
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South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum
River Rafting & Tubing
Leadville National Fish Hatchery ©
Leadville National Fish Hatchery