11 days in Grand Canyon National Park, Telluride & Mesa Verde National Park Itinerary

11 days in Grand Canyon National Park, Telluride & Mesa Verde National Park Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
2
Telluride
— 3 nights
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights

4
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.
Grand Canyon National Park is known for nature, trails, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: hike along Bright Angel Trail, get great views at Mather Point, stroll through South Kaibab Trail, and cruise along Point Imperial Drive.

To find maps, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Grand Canyon National Park day trip planning website.

South Bend to Grand Canyon National Park is an approximately 27-hour car ride. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from South Bend to Grand Canyon National Park. Traveling from South Bend in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Grand Canyon National Park, with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Tue) so you can drive to Telluride.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

3
nights
Telluride

The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Telluride: Ouray (Off-Road Tours, Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, &more), Museum of the Mountain West (in Montrose) and Ridgway Visitors Center and Railroad Museum (in Ridgway). There's lots more to do: head outdoors with Telluride Outside, contemplate the waterfront views at San Miguel River, admire the sheer force of Bear Creek Falls, and contemplate the long history of Yankee Girl Mine.

To find more things to do, reviews, where to stay, and tourist information, go to the Telluride trip planning site.

Traveling by car from Grand Canyon National Park to Telluride takes 6.5 hours. While traveling from Grand Canyon National Park, expect slightly colder days and a bit warmer nights in Telluride, ranging from highs of °F to lows of °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 26th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Telluride

Museums Outdoors Parks

Side Trips

Ouray, Museum of the Mountain West, Ridgway Visitors Center and Railroad Museum
Highlights from your plan
Off-Road Tours
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park ©
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park
Telluride Outside ©
Telluride Outside

2
nights
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 27th (Sat), explore the ancient world of Long House, thendelve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace.

To find other places to visit, reviews, traveler tips, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip maker tool.

You can drive from Telluride to Mesa Verde National Park in 2.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Telluride in June, plan for a bit warmer days in Mesa Verde National Park, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. You will have some time to spend on the 28th (Sun) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

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