8 days in Colorado Itinerary

8 days in Colorado Itinerary

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1
Cortez
— 1 night
2
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
3
Breckenridge
— 3 nights
4
Aspen
— 2 nights

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 2nd (Mon): get engrossed in the history at Cortez Cultural Center, get a new perspective on nature at The Anasazi Heritage Center, and then delve into the distant past at Hovenweep National Monument.

To find traveler tips, photos, and other tourist information, read Cortez trip planner.

Jacksonville to Cortez is an approximately 9-hour flight. You can also drive. Traveling from Jacksonville to Cortez, you'll gain 2 hours due to the time zone difference. In December, Cortez is colder than Jacksonville - with highs of °F and lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Mon) early enough to travel to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Cortez

Nature Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

The Anasazi Heritage Center
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Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument
The Anasazi Heritage Center
The Anasazi Heritage Center
Cortez Cultural Center ©
Cortez Cultural Center

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. On the 3rd (Tue), contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk and then hit the slopes at Wolf Creek Ski Resort.

For reviews, where to stay, ratings, and other tourist information, read Pagosa Springs tour itinerary builder app.

Traveling by car from Cortez to Pagosa Springs takes 2 hours. Traveling from Cortez in December, expect nights in Pagosa Springs to be about the same, around °F, while days are a bit cooler, around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Tue) so you can drive to Breckenridge.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Wolf Creek Ski Resort ©
Wolf Creek Ski Resort
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk

3
nights
Breckenridge

Breckenridge ©
Founded in 1859 as part of the Gold Rush in the Rockies, Breckenridge boasts a main street lined with colorful wooden storefronts housing cafes and shops, giving the effect of a thriving western town from the 19th century.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Loveland Ski Area and Boreas Pass Road. Change things up with a short trip to Betty Ford Alpine Gardens in Vail (about 50 minutes away). The adventure continues: fly down the slopes at Frisco Adventure Park, test your problem-solving skills at popular escape rooms, sample the tasty concoctions at Broken Compass Brewery & Tap House, and take some stellar pictures from Sapphire Point Overlook.

For other places to visit, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Breckenridge trip planner.

You can drive from Pagosa Springs to Breckenridge in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in December, plan for slightly colder days and about the same nights in Breckenridge: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Aspen.

Things to do in Breckenridge

Outdoors Parks Winter Sports

Side Trips

Frisco Adventure Park, Betty Ford Alpine Gardens, Loveland Ski Area
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Loveland Ski Area ©
Loveland Ski Area
Frisco Adventure Park ©
Frisco Adventure Park
Room Escape Games

2
nights
Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sat): appreciate the history behind The John Denver Sanctuary and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Aspen Mountain / Ajax.

For ratings, photos, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Aspen travel itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Breckenridge to Aspen takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle and bus. Traveling from Breckenridge in December, expect nights in Aspen to be about the same, around °F, while days are a bit warmer, around °F. On the 8th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Nature Winter Sports
Highlights from your plan
Aspen Mountain / Ajax ©
Aspen Mountain / Ajax
The John Denver Sanctuary
The John Denver Sanctuary

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