7 days in Colorado Itinerary

7 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip itinerary maker

©
Plan created by another user.Make it yours

Route & dates

Start: Tampa
Fly:  7 h 30 min
1
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
Drive:  1 h 15 min
2
Durango
— 2 nights
Drive:  2 h
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Fly:  5 h 45 min
4
Estes Park
— 2 nights
Fly:  6 h 30 min
End: Tampa

1
night
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. Start off your visit on the 13th (Thu): witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Pagosa Springs trip simple and quick.

Tampa to Pagosa Springs is an approximately 9.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train, bus, and car. Traveling from Tampa to Pagosa Springs, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Pagosa Springs is cooler than Tampa - with highs of 38°F and lows of 14°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
The Springs Resort & Spa ©
The Springs Resort & Spa

2
nights
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 14th (Fri): look for gifts at Honeyville and then hit the slopes at Purgatory Resort. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 15th (Sat): view the masterpieces at Toh-Atin Gallery, thentake a peaceful walk through San Juan National Forest, and then do a tasting at Sutcliffe Vineyards Tasting Room.

For other places to visit, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Durango holiday maker tool.

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Durango in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. In December, daytime highs in Durango are 40°F, while nighttime lows are 13°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Purgatory Resort ©
Purgatory Resort
San Juan National Forest ©
San Juan National Forest
Toh-Atin Gallery ©
Toh-Atin Gallery

1
night
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.
On the 16th (Sun), explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

To find photos, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park travel route site.

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 December, plan for daily highs up to 44°F, and evening lows to 15°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 17th (Mon) early enough to travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

2
nights
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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): stop by Kirks Flyshop & Mountain Adventures and then get a taste of the local shopping with Images of Rocky Mountain National Park. On the 18th (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: hike along Emerald Lake Trail, thenlook for gifts at Glen Haven General Store, and then stop by Scot's Sporting Goods.

For reviews, maps, photos, and tourist information, go to the Estes Park day trip planning site.

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park by flight takes about 6 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In December, daytime highs in Estes Park are 46°F, while nighttime lows are 17°F. On the 19th (Wed), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Estes Park

Shopping Outdoors Parks

Side Trip

Rocky Mountain National Park
Highlights from your plan
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Images of Rocky Mountain National Park
Emerald Lake Trail ©
Emerald Lake Trail
Mountain Blown Glass ©
Mountain Blown Glass

Similar Plans

8 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, kids, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, slow & easy, popular & hidden gems Preferences: June, kids, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Slow & easy 11 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, kids, slow & easy, popular sights Preferences: June, kids Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Slow & easy 8 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, kids, popular sights Preferences: June, teens, kids Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 8 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, kids, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife, slow & easy, popular sights Preferences: June, teens, kids, outdoors, historic sites, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Slow & easy 10 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: July, kids, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 8 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, teens, kids, historic sites, shopping, wildlife, popular & hidden gems Preferences: June, teens, kids, historic sites, shopping, wildlife Attraction style: Popular & hidden gems Pace: Medium 8 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES April, fast-paced, popular sights Preferences: April Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Fast-paced 8 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, outdoors, beaches, historic sites, fast-paced, popular sights Preferences: July, outdoors, beaches, historic sites Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Fast-paced 8 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES June, kids, outdoors, beaches, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: June, kids, outdoors, beaches, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 8 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, hidden gems Preferences: July, kids Attraction style: Hidden gems Pace: Medium 8 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES August, kids, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife, popular sights Preferences: August, kids, outdoors, historic sites, museums, wildlife Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium 8 days in Colorado BY A USER FROM UNITED STATES July, kids, popular sights Preferences: July, kids Attraction style: Popular sights Pace: Medium
See more plans