9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Appleton
Fly + Drive:  8​h
1
Pagosa Springs
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h
2
Cortez
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: Appleton

4
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. Your inner history buff will appreciate Black Bear Pass and Last Chance Mine. Get outdoors at San Juan River Walk and Piedra Falls. Venture out of the city with trips to Silverton (Idarado Mine & San Juan County Historical Society) and Creede Historic Museum (in Creede). There's lots more to do: hike along Fourmile Falls Trail, examine the collection at San Juan Historical Museum, take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls, and stop by Lantern Dancer.

For more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs tour itinerary app .

Appleton to Pagosa Springs is an approximately 8-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Appleton to Pagosa Springs. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Pagosa Springs when traveling from Appleton in October, with lows around 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Thu) to allow enough time to travel to Cortez.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Creede, Silverton, San Juan Skyway, Black Bear Pass
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San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
Black Bear Pass ©
Black Bear Pass
Fourmile Falls Trail ©
Fourmile Falls Trail

4
nights
Cortez

Cortez ©
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Popular historic sites such as Petroglyph Point Hike and Hovenweep National Monument are in your itinerary. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum and The Anasazi Heritage Center. Change things up with these side-trips from Cortez: Shiprock Rock Formation (in Shiprock), Square Tower House (in Mesa Verde National Park) and Salmon Ruins (in Farmington). There's much more to do: delve into the distant past at Towac Visitor Center, gain insight at Cortez Cultural Center, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Nordenskiold #16 Trail.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Cortez trip itinerary planner .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Cortez in 2 hours. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in October, plan for a bit warmer days in Cortez, with highs around 69°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 34°F. On the 28th (Mon), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cortez

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Shiprock Rock Formation, Towac Visitor Center, The Anasazi Heritage Center, Salmon Ruins
Highlights from your plan
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike
Shiprock Rock Formation ©
Shiprock Rock Formation

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