12 days in Colorado Itinerary

12 days in Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

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Colorado Springs
— 1 day
2
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
3
Durango
— 1 night
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
5
Estes Park
— 3 nights

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Tue): walk around Garden of the Gods and then walk around North Cheyenne Canon Park.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip planning website.

Boracay, Philippines to Colorado Springs is an approximately 28-hour combination of car and flight. The time zone difference moving from Philippine Standard Time (PST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 15 hours. Traveling from Boracay in July, Colorado Springs is a bit cooler at night with lows of °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Wildlife
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park

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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 25th (Wed), take in the exciting artwork at Two Old Crows, thenlook for gifts at Made in Colorado Shoppe, thenview the masterpieces at Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery, and finally view the masterpieces at Lantern Dancer.

For photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs online attractions planner.

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Pagosa Springs takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus, car, and shuttle. Traveling from Colorado Springs in July, expect Pagosa Springs to be a bit cooler, temps between °C and °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Shopping Museums
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Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery ©
Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery
Two Old Crows ©
Two Old Crows
Made in Colorado Shoppe ©
Made in Colorado Shoppe

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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.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Thu): look for gifts at Toh-Atin Gallery, get a taste of the local shopping with Earthen Vessel Gallery, thentake a memorable tour with Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum, and finally identify plant and animal life at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum.

For where to stay, maps, reviews, and more tourist information, read Durango online attractions planner.

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In July, daytime highs in Durango are °C, while nighttime lows are °C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Museums Shopping Tours
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Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery
Earthen Vessel Gallery ©
Earthen Vessel Gallery

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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 27th (Fri): explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, thensteep yourself in history at Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace. Keep things going the next day: get a new perspective on nature at The Anasazi Heritage Center, thenadmire the masterpieces at Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

For ratings, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park visit planner.

You can drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In July, daily temperatures in Mesa Verde National Park can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 28th (Sat) to allow time to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Museums

Side Trips

Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, The Anasazi Heritage Center
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
The Anasazi Heritage Center
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Long House ©
Long House

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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.
Explore hidden gems such as Benson Park Sculpture Garden and Snowy Peaks Winery. Images of Rocky Mountain National Park and Downtown Estes Park are good opportunities to explore the local culture. Step out of Estes Park to go to Fort Collins and see New Belgium Brewing Company, which is approximately 1h 15 min away. There's much more to do: look for gifts at Purple Mountain Taffy Company, hit the best photo ops around with an inspiring photography tour, get all the information you need at Estes Park Visitor Center, and get a taste of the local shopping with The Studio Fine Art and Framing.

Plan my day in Estes Park using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

You can fly from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In July, daily temperatures in Estes Park can reach °C, while at night they dip to °C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Wed) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Shopping Neighborhoods Tours

Side Trips

Benson Park Sculpture Garden, New Belgium Brewing Company, Glen Haven General Store
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Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park
Benson Park Sculpture Garden ©
Benson Park Sculpture Garden
Snowy Peaks Winery ©
Snowy Peaks Winery

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