10 days in Northeast Colorado Itinerary

10 days in Northeast Colorado Itinerary

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10 days in Northeast Colorado Itinerary

Start: Denver
Drive:  4 h 15 min
1
Crested Butte
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
2
Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 45 min
3
Telluride
— 2 nights
Shuttle:  1 h 30 min
4
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
5
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h 45 min
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Taxi + Fly:  4 h
End: Denver

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Crested Butte

Crested Butte ©
Crested Butte is a home rule municipality in Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. On the 23rd (Thu), brush up on your knowledge of spirits at Montanya Distillers and then pause for some serene contemplation at Union Congregational Church. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Fri): stroll through Crested Butte Mountain Resort, tour the pleasant surroundings at Crested Butte Nordic Center, and then take a memorable drive along Kebler Pass.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Crested Butte attractions planning tool .

Denver to Crested Butte is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Denver in January, things will get colder in Crested Butte: highs are around 23°F and lows about -4°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) so you can travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

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Crested Butte Mountain Resort ©
Crested Butte Mountain Resort
Kebler Pass ©
Kebler Pass
Montanya Distillers ©
Montanya Distillers

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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park ©
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
On the 25th (Sat), take some stellar pictures from Warner Point and then take in breathtaking views at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.

To see traveler tips, reviews, photos, and other tourist information, use the Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park itinerary planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Crested Butte to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park. Traveling from Crested Butte in January, expect Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 39°F and 15°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can travel to Telluride.

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Telluride

Telluride ©
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. Kick off your visit on the 26th (Sun): don't miss a visit to New Sheridan Hotel, tour the pleasant surroundings at Jud Wiebe Trail, then take an in-depth tour of Telluride Historical Museum, and finally get outside with Telluride Outside. Keep things going the next day: get interesting insight from Tours, then head outdoors with Bootdoctors Telluride, then steep yourself in history at Yankee Girl Mine, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Bear Creek Falls.

To find ratings, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, read Telluride trip itinerary maker app .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Telluride. In January, plan for daily highs up to 35°F, and evening lows to 18°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 27th (Mon) so you can catch the shuttle to Durango.

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Yankee Girl Mine
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Telluride Outside ©
Telluride Outside
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New Sheridan Hotel ©
New Sheridan Hotel

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 28th (Tue): trot along with a tour on horseback, then hit the slopes at Purgatory Resort, and then deepen your understanding at Durango Snowbike Experience. On the 29th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of Million Dollar Highway, then explore the world behind art at Earthen Vessel Gallery, and then don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango.

To find reviews, where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Durango day trip app .

You can take a shuttle from Telluride to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Telluride in January, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Durango, with lows of 10°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 29th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

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Million Dollar Highway
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Historic Downtown Durango ©
Historic Downtown Durango
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort
The Snowbike Experience ©
The Snowbike Experience

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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 30th (Thu), admire the sheer force of Treasure Falls and then fly down the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort. Here are some ideas for day two: view the masterpieces at Two Old Crows, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk, and finally take in the natural beauty of The Springs Resort & Spa.

For reviews, more things to do, photos, and more tourist information, read Pagosa Springs online day trip planner .

Drive from Durango to Pagosa Springs in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In January, daily temperatures in Pagosa Springs can reach 37°F, while at night they dip to 13°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 31st (Fri) early enough to go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

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The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa
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Two Old Crows ©
Two Old Crows

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, and finally delve into the distant past at Far View Sites.

For ratings, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planning app .

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of shuttle and car; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. Expect a daytime high around 42°F in January, and nighttime lows around 13°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 1st (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Far View Sites ©
Far View Sites