10 days in Yellowstone National Park & Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Yellowstone National Park & Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Yellowstone National Park & Colorado Itinerary

Cartagena
Fly + Drive:  15​h 45​min
Yellowstone National Park
— 3 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + shuttle:  7​h
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  19​h 30​min
Cartagena

2
days
Yellowstone National Park

Yellowstone National Park ©
An exceptionally diverse landscape and varied wildlife have made Yellowstone National Park one of America's most popular parks.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Wed): explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone and then identify plant and animal life at Grand Loop Road. Here are some ideas for day two: appreciate the extensive heritage of Uncle Tom's Trail and then explore and take pictures at Firehole Canyon Drive.

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Cartagena, Colombia to Yellowstone National Park is an approximately 16-hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from Cartagena to Yellowstone National Park due to the time zone difference. Prepare for colder weather when traveling from Cartagena in February: high temperatures in Yellowstone National Park hover around -2°C and lows are around -18°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Fri) to allow time to travel to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Yellowstone National Park

#Outdoors, #Wildlife, #Scenic Drive
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Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone ©
Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Grand Loop Road ©
Grand Loop Road
Uncle Tom's Trail ©
Uncle Tom's Trail

2
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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. On the 16th (Fri), savor the flavors at The Choke Cherry Tree. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: see the interesting displays at San Juan Historical Museum, admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa.

To see where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs road trip planning site .

You can do a combination of car, flight, and shuttle from Yellowstone National Park to Pagosa Springs in 7 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. In February, Pagosa Springs is somewhat warmer than Yellowstone National Park - with highs of 4°C and lows of -10°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

#Parks, #Winter Sports, #Outdoors
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The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
Treasure Falls ©
Treasure Falls
San Juan Historical Museum ©
San Juan Historical Museum

1
day
Durango

Durango ©
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
On the 19th (Mon), take in the exciting artwork at Toh-Atin Gallery, stop by Honeyville, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Purgatory Resort.

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Drive from Pagosa Springs to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In February in Durango, expect temperatures between 6°C during the day and -9°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

#Winter Sports, #Parks, #Outdoors
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Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort
Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery
Honeyville ©
Honeyville

2
days
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.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Tue): see the interesting displays at Rio Grande Southern Railroad Museum., get a new perspective on nature at The Anasazi Heritage Center, and then make a trip to Park Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Wed): explore the ancient world of Balcony House, explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, and then stroll through Spruce Canyon Trail.

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You can drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 2 hours. Another option is to do a combination of shuttle and taxi. When traveling from Durango in February, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 11°C by day to -7°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

#Historic Sites, #Trails, #Museums

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Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
The Anasazi Heritage Center ©
The Anasazi Heritage Center

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