10 days in Canyonlands National Park, Grand Canyon National Park & New Mexico Itinerary

10 days in Canyonlands National Park, Grand Canyon National Park & New Mexico Itinerary

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Route & dates

Start: Wilmington
Fly + Drive:  10 h 30 min
1
Canyonlands National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  6 h 30 min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  8 h 30 min
3
Taos
— 2 nights
Drive:  1 h 30 min
4
Santa Fe
— 1 night
Fly:  7 h 45 min
End: Wilmington

2
nights
Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park ©
Canyonlands National Park features myriad canyons and buttes that the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries have carved over millions of years in hues of red and orange.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Fri): take in the dramatic natural features at Mesa Arch and then take in the dramatic natural features at Island in the Sky. Keep things going the next day: stroll through White Rim Road, then hike along Neck Spring, and then appreciate the extensive heritage of Monument Basin.

For reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Canyonlands National Park online trip planner.

Wilmington to Canyonlands National Park is an approximately 10.5- hour combination of flight and car. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time, which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Wilmington in August, plan for slightly colder nights in Canyonlands National Park, with lows around 63°F. On the 23rd (Sun), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks Trails Outdoors
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Mesa Arch ©
Mesa Arch
Monument Basin ©
Monument Basin

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nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Kick off your visit on the 23rd (Sun): take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Mon): take some stellar pictures from Pipe Creek Vista, see the interesting displays at Kolb Studio, then stop by Lookout Studio, then admire the landmark architecture of Grand Canyon Railway Depot, and finally explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim.

To see more things to do, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park visit planner.

You can drive from Canyonlands National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 6.5 hours. In August, Grand Canyon National Park is little chillier than Canyonlands National Park - with highs of 80°F and lows of 50°F. On the 26th (Wed), you're off to Taos.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Nature Museums
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Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Kolb Studio ©
Kolb Studio
Grand Canyon Railway Depot ©
Grand Canyon Railway Depot

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nights
Taos

Taos ©
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Start off your visit on the 27th (Thu): admire the majestic nature at Kit Carson Park, then delve into the distant past at Taos Pueblo, and then do a tasting at Black Mesa Winery. On the next day, relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas, then sample the tasty concoctions at Taos Mesa Brewing, and then don't miss a visit to Taos Drums.

To find traveler tips, where to stay, photos, and other tourist information, refer to the Taos travel route planner.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Taos in 8.5 hours. August in Taos sees daily highs of 79°F and lows of 50°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 28th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Historic Sites Parks Nature
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Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo
Kit Carson Park ©
Kit Carson Park
Spas

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Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Start off your visit on the 28th (Fri): do a tasting at Estrella Del Norte Vineyard & Tasting Room.

For reviews, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Santa Fe trip planning tool.

Traveling by car from Taos to Santa Fe takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Traveling from Taos in August, Santa Fe is somewhat warmer at night with lows of 57°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Adventure Outdoors Tours
Highlights from your plan
El Rancho de las Golondrinas ©
El Rancho de las Golondrinas
River Rafting & Tubing
Estrella Del Norte Vineyard & Tasting Room ©
Estrella Del Norte Vineyard & Tasting Room

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