9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 45​min
2
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
3
Snowmass Village
— 1 night
Drive:  4​h 15​min
4
Pagosa Springs
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Shuttle + Fly:  7​h 30​min
End: Chicago

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 16th (Sat), take in the dramatic natural features at Garden of the Gods and then explore the historical opulence of Glen Eyrie Castle. On the 17th (Sun), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: identify plant and animal life at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center and then look for all kinds of wild species at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center.

For traveler tips, photos, reviews, and tourist information, read Colorado Springs trip website .

Chicago to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -1 hour difference. While traveling from Chicago, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs, ranging from highs of 57°F to lows of 28°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Estes Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife Historic Sites

Side Trip

Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
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Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center ©
Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center
Glen Eyrie Castle ©
Glen Eyrie Castle
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park

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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Mon): stop by Scot's Sporting Goods, then look for gifts at Never Summer Mountain Products, and then kick back and relax at The Beach at Grand Lake. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at Glen Haven General Store, then take a memorable tour with Tours, then look for gifts at Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures, and finally take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park.

To see traveler tips, maps, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Estes Park road trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Estes Park takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. In March in Estes Park, expect temperatures between 61°F during the day and 29°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Tue) to allow time to travel to Snowmass Village.

Things to do in Estes Park

Outdoors Shopping Wildlife

Side Trips

Grand Lake, Glen Haven General Store
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Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures ©
Photography Tours

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night
Snowmass Village

Snowmass Village ©
Snowmass Village is a Home Rule Municipality in Pitkin County, Colorado, United States. On the 20th (Wed), look for gifts at Gene Taylor Sports and then fly down the slopes at Aspen Snowmass.

For other places to visit, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Snowmass Village tour planner .

You can drive from Estes Park to Snowmass Village in 5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Estes Park in March: high temperatures in Snowmass Village hover around 48°F and lows are around 21°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) to allow time to travel to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Snowmass Village

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks
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Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
Gene Taylor Sports ©
Gene Taylor Sports

3
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. Get a sense of the local culture at Two Old Crows and Lantern Dancer. Step out of the city life by going to Wolf Creek Ski Resort and The Springs Resort & Spa. There's still lots to do: take in the exciting artwork at Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery, stop by Made in Colorado Shoppe, trek along Piedra River Trail, and explore the activities along San Juan River Walk.

For reviews, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, refer to the Pagosa Springs trip planning website .

You can drive from Snowmass Village to Pagosa Springs in 5 hours. In March, daytime highs in Pagosa Springs are 51°F, while nighttime lows are 24°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Sat) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk

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 24th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House and then explore the ancient world of Balcony House.

For traveler tips, maps, reviews, and tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park tour app .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Other options are to do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in March, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be about the same, around 24°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 59°F. On the 24th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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