7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

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7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Start: Chicago
Fly:  4​h 30​min
1
Colorado Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
2
Hooper
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h
4
Cortez
— 1 night
Fly:  5​h 15​min
End: Chicago

2
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Start off your visit on the 17th (Tue): identify plant and animal life at Garden of the Gods and then explore the historical opulence of Glen Eyrie Conference Center. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: identify plant and animal life at North Cheyenne Canon Park and Starsmore Discovery Center and then identify plant and animal life at Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center.

For maps and more tourist information, read our Colorado Springs trip maker site .

Chicago to Colorado Springs is an approximately 4.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 1 hour traveling from Chicago to Colorado Springs. Traveling from Chicago in April, expect a bit cooler with lows of 34°F in Colorado Springs. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to travel to Hooper.

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
North Cheyenne Canon Park ©
North Cheyenne Canon Park
Glen Eyrie Castle ©
Glen Eyrie Castle

1
night
Hooper

Hooper ©
The Town of Hooper is a Statutory Town located in the San Luis Valley in Alamosa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 19th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Colorado Gators Reptile Park.

For reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Hooper trip app .

Traveling by car from Colorado Springs to Hooper takes 3 hours. Traveling from Colorado Springs in April, plan for slightly colder nights in Hooper, with lows around 25°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Fri) early enough to travel to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Hooper

Wildlife Parks

Side Trip

Colorado Gators Reptile Park
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Colorado Gators Reptile Park ©
Colorado Gators Reptile Park

2
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. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Fri): hit the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Sat): see the interesting displays at San Juan Historical Museum, tour the pleasant surroundings at Piedra River Trail, and then witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa.

For maps, traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs road trip app .

You can drive from Hooper to Pagosa Springs in 2 hours. Expect a daytime high around 57°F in April, and nighttime lows around 29°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can travel to Cortez.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
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Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

1
night
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.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): take an in-depth tour of Anasazi Heritage Center [museum] & Canyons of the Ancients National Monument and then explore the striking landscape of Hovenweep National Monument. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon): contemplate the long history of Petroglyph Point Hike and then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

To find other places to visit, maps, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Cortez trip maker website .

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Cortez in 2 hours. Traveling from Pagosa Springs in April, expect nights in Cortez to be about the same, around 30°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 65°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 23rd (Mon) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, The Anasazi Heritage Center
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Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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