9 days in Colorado Itinerary

9 days in Colorado Itinerary

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9 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Kalamazoo
Fly + Drive:  7 h 45 min
1
Glenwood Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 45 min
2
Steamboat Springs
— 3 nights
+2
Taxi + Fly + Drive:  5 h 15 min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 1 day
Drive:  2 h 45 min
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
+2
Taxi + Fly + Shuttle:  5 h 45 min
5
Breckenridge
— 1 night
Drive + Fly:  8 h
End: Kalamazoo

1
night
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sat): explore the activities along Hanging Lake.

To see more things to do, where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Glenwood Springs trip itinerary maker app .

Kalamazoo to Glenwood Springs is an approximately 8-hour flight. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Kalamazoo to Glenwood Springs. Traveling from Kalamazoo in March, you will find days in Glenwood Springs are little chillier (35°F), and nights are about the same (21°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) to allow enough time to drive to Steamboat Springs.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature
Highlights from your plan
Sunlight Mountain Resort ©
Sunlight Mountain Resort
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake

3
nights
Steamboat Springs

Steamboat Springs ©
An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Get some cultural insight at Steamboat Art Company and Tread of Pioneers Museum. Explore hidden gems such as Howelsen Hill Ski Area and Yampa River Core Trail. There's much more to do: put a fun spin on your tour with The Crooked Key, tour the pleasant surroundings at Steamboat Powdercats, and fly down the slopes at Yampa River Botanic Park.

To find maps, photos, and more tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs trip itinerary planning tool .

Traveling by car from Glenwood Springs to Steamboat Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or take a bus. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in March, plan for a bit warmer days and about the same nights in Steamboat Springs: temperatures range from 45°F by day to 21°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Wed) early enough to travel to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Howelsen Hill Ski Area ©
Howelsen Hill Ski Area
Yampa River Botanic Park ©
Yampa River Botanic Park
The Crooked Key ©
The Crooked Key

1
day
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. Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Thu): hike along San Juan River Walk, identify plant and animal life at Reservoir Hill Park, and then take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa.

Before you visit Pagosa Springs, use our trip planner to discover what you can do and see there.

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and car from Steamboat Springs to Pagosa Springs in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle; or drive. April in Pagosa Springs sees daily highs of 57°F and lows of 29°F at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Thu) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk
Reservoir Hill Park ©
Reservoir Hill Park
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

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.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Fri): delve into the distant past at Far View Sites, trek along Spruce Canyon Trail, then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, and finally delve into the distant past at Balcony House.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park itinerary tool .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle, bus, and taxi. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in April, plan for somewhat warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around 65°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 29°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Fri) to allow time to travel to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Trails Parks
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Far View Sites ©
Far View Sites

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.
Start off your visit on the 4th (Sat): hit the slopes at Copper Mountain and then hit the slopes at Frisco Adventure Park.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Breckenridge travel planner .

You can do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle from Mesa Verde National Park to Breckenridge in 6 hours. Other options are to drive; or do a combination of taxi and bus. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in April, plan for colder days in Breckenridge, with highs around 35°F, while nights are a bit cooler with lows around 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 5th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Winter Sports Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Frisco Adventure Park, Copper Mountain, Sally Barber Mine Trail
Highlights from your plan
Frisco Adventure Park ©
Frisco Adventure Park
Copper Mountain ©
Copper Mountain
Sally Barber Mine Trail ©
Sally Barber Mine Trail

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