8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip itinerary planner

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Steamboat Springs
— 1 day
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Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
Drive
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Palisade
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive
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Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
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Steamboat Springs

— 1 day

Ski Town USA

An internationally known ski resort, Steamboat Springs sits in the shadow of Mount Werner in north central Colorado.
Kick off your visit on the 22nd (Sat): get outside with Outdoor Activities, explore the galleries of Tread of Pioneers Museum, and then cast your line with a fishing tour.

For where to stay and more tourist information, read our Steamboat Springs trip planner.

Boston to Steamboat Springs is an approximately 6.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of train and bus. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler temperatures when traveling from Boston in May; daily highs in Steamboat Springs reach 61°F and lows reach 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sat) early enough to go by car to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Steamboat Springs

Outdoors · Tours · Wildlife · Historic Sites

Glenwood Springs

— 2 nights
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
On the 23rd (Sun), take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback, then kick your exploration up a notch at some of the top local zipline courses and adventure parks, and then take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail. Keep things going the next day: explore the activities along Hanging Lake, then take in the awesome beauty at Rocky Mountains, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Rifle Falls.

To see more things to do, maps, photos, and more tourist information, use the Glenwood Springs online vacation builder.

Traveling by car from Steamboat Springs to Glenwood Springs takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus; or take a bus. When traveling from Steamboat Springs in May, plan for a bit cooler days in Glenwood Springs, with highs around 46°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 33°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Mon) so you can drive to Palisade.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trips

Palisade

— 2 nights
Palisade is a Statutory Town in Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 25th (Tue): get curious at Museum of Western Colorado: Dinosaur Journey, learn about winemaking at Hermosa Vineyards, and then do a tasting at Carlson Vineyards Winery & Tasting Room. Here are some ideas for day two: do a tasting at St Kathryn Cellars, then do a tasting at Talon Winery, then learn about winemaking at Meadery of the Rockies, and finally do a tasting at Maison la Belle Vie Winery.

Discover how to plan a Palisade trip in just a few steps with Inspirock's itinerary builder.

You can drive from Glenwood Springs to Palisade in 1.5 hours. Traveling from Glenwood Springs in May, you will find days in Palisade are much warmer (73°F), and nights are somewhat warmer (46°F). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 26th (Wed) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Palisade

Wineries · Childrens Museums · Museums

Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park

— 1 night
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 27th (Thu): trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, then see the interesting displays at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, and then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House.

Plan my day in Mesa Verde National Park using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Drive from Palisade to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from Palisade in May, with lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Thu) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Museums

Pagosa Springs

— 2 nights
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 28th (Fri): tour the pleasant surroundings at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, delve into the distant past at Chimney Rock National Monument, and then see Off-Road Tours.

To find maps, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read Pagosa Springs holiday planner.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and shuttle. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in May, plan for slightly colder days in Pagosa Springs, with highs around 63°F, while nights are about the same with lows around 35°F. You'll have a few hours on the 29th (Sat) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.