24 days in South Central Colorado Itinerary

24 days in South Central Colorado Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: San Francisco
Fly:  5 h 30 min
1
Leadville
— 5 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
2
Fairplay
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
3
Salida
— 4 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
4
Mosca
— 2 nights
Drive:  3 h
5
Cripple Creek
— 3 nights
Drive:  1 h 15 min
6
Colorado Springs
— 7 nights
Fly:  6 h
End: San Francisco

5
nights
Leadville

Leadville ©
Leadville is the statutory city that is the county seat and only incorporated municipality in Lake County, Colorado, United States. Leadville is known for museums, nature, and adventure. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: see the interesting displays at National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum, trek along Mineral Belt Trail, go deep underground at Hopemore Mine Tour, and make a trip to Top of the Rockies National Scenic Byway.

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San Francisco to Leadville is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from San Francisco to Leadville due to the time zone difference. Plan for cooler nights when traveling from San Francisco in June since evenings lows in Leadville dip to 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Fairplay.

Things to do in Leadville

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
Mount Elbert ©
Mount Elbert
National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum ©
National Mining Hall of Fame and Museum
Hagerman Tunnel ©
Hagerman Tunnel

2
nights
Fairplay

Fairplay ©
Fairplay is the statutory town that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Park County, Colorado, United States. Kick off your visit on the 13th (Sat): see a world frozen in time at South Park City Museum, indulge your thirst for a good beer at South Park Brewing Colorado, and then get a taste of life in the country at American Safari Ranch. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable drive along Kenosha Pass.

To find maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, read Fairplay trip planner.

Getting from Leadville to Fairplay by car takes about 1.5 hours. In June, daytime highs in Fairplay are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 35°F. On the 14th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Salida.

Things to do in Fairplay

Historic Sites Breweries & Distilleries Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
South Park City Museum ©
South Park City Museum
Kenosha Pass ©
Kenosha Pass
American Safari Ranch ©
American Safari Ranch

4
nights
Salida

The City of Salida is a Statutory City that is the county seat and most populous city of Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Get out of town with these interesting Salida side-trips: Buena Vista (Buena Vista River Park, Vicksburg, &more). There's much more to do: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, walk around Riverside Park, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, and sample the tasty concoctions at Soulcraft Brewing.

For photos, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Salida trip itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Fairplay to Salida takes 1.5 hours. Prepare for somewhat warmer weather when traveling from Fairplay in June: high temperatures in Salida hover around 83°F and lows are around 50°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 18th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mosca.

Things to do in Salida

Tours Outdoors Adventure

Side Trip

Buena Vista
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Off-Road Tours
Zipline

2
nights
Mosca

Mosca
Mosca is an unincorporated community and a U.S. On the 19th (Fri), identify plant and animal life at Colorado Gators Reptile Park and then trek along High Dune Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: take in the natural beauty of Sand Dunes Swimming Pool & RV and then admire nature's extreme beauty at Great Sand Dunes National Park.

To see where to stay, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Mosca road trip planning site.

Getting from Salida to Mosca by car takes about 1.5 hours. Traveling from Salida in June, Mosca is a bit cooler at night with lows of 42°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel to Cripple Creek.

Things to do in Mosca

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trips

High Dune Trail, Sand Dunes Swimming Pool & RV
Highlights from your plan
Great Sand Dunes National Park
Great Sand Dunes National Park
High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail
Colorado Gators Reptile Park ©
Colorado Gators Reptile Park

3
nights
Cripple Creek

Cripple Creek
The City of Cripple Creek is the Statutory City that is the county seat of Teller County, Colorado, United States. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Cripple Creek: Colorado Wolf and Wildlife Center (in Divide) and Eleven Mile Canyon Recreation Area (in Lake George). And it doesn't end there: take a memorable drive along Shelf Rd, examine the collection at Outlaw and Lawmen Jail Museum, contemplate the long history of Old Homestead House Museum, and hike along Vindicator Valley Trail.

To see photos, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Cripple Creek trip planner.

You can drive from Mosca to Cripple Creek in 3 hours. Plan for a bit warmer temperatures traveling from Mosca in June, with highs in Cripple Creek at 89°F and lows at 58°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Colorado Springs.

Things to do in Cripple Creek

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Victor, Divide, Eleven Mile Canyon Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Mueller State Park
Mueller State Park
Outlaw and Lawmen Jail Museum ©
Outlaw and Lawmen Jail Museum
Old Homestead House Museum ©
Old Homestead House Museum

7
nights
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.
You'll find plenty of places to visit near Colorado Springs: Canon City (The Abbey Events Complex, River Rafting & Tubing, &more). Next up on the itinerary: stroll around Garden of the Gods, admire the sheer force of The Broadmoor Seven Falls, deepen your understanding at United States Air Force Academy, and learn about all things military at National Museum of World War II Aviation.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Colorado Springs trip itinerary builder website.

You can drive from Cripple Creek to Colorado Springs in 1.5 hours. While traveling from Cripple Creek, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Colorado Springs, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Nature Museums

Side Trips

Canon City, Manitou Springs, 300 Days of Shine, North Pole Colorado Santa’s Workshop
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo