13 days in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, New Mexico & Mesa Verde National Park Itinerary

13 days in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, New Mexico & Mesa Verde National Park Itinerary

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13 days in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, New Mexico & Mesa Verde National Park Itinerary

Start: Denver
Drive:  3 h
1
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
2
Taos
— 3 nights
Drive:  30 min
3
Santa Fe
— 4 nights
Drive:  2 h
4
Cuba
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h 30 min
5
Farmington
— 1 night
Drive:  2 h
6
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Taxi + Fly:  4 h
End: Denver

1
night
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes High Dune Trail as well as Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center. Kick off your visit on the 28th (Sun): get all the information you need at Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center and then admire nature's extreme beauty at High Dune Trail.

To find reviews, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, you can read our Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip maker tool.

Denver to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is an approximately 4.5- hour car ride. Expect slightly colder evenings in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve when traveling from Denver in June, with lows around 42°F. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Taos.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Nature Outdoors Parks
Highlights from your plan
High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail
Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center ©
Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center

3
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.
You've added Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos Plaza, Wild Earth Llama Adventures, and other attractions to your itinerary. There's still lots to do: snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church, don't miss a visit to Taos County Courthouse Murals, and explore the ancient world of Taos Pueblo.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, maps, and other tourist information, read Taos holiday maker.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Taos. In June, plan for daily highs up to 83°F, and evening lows to 46°F. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Outdoors Tours Wildlife
Highlights from your plan
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Millicent Rogers Museum ©
Millicent Rogers Museum

4
nights
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Bandelier National Monument, Santa Fe Botanical Garden, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, and other attractions you added. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Fe: High Road to Taos (in Taos) and Plaza Blanca (in Abiquiu). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and don't miss a visit to Santa Fe Plaza.

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You can drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Taos in July since evenings lows in Santa Fe dip to 60°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Mon) early enough to travel to Cuba.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Abiquiu, Bandelier National Monument, High Road to Taos
Highlights from your plan
Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Bandelier National Monument ©
Bandelier National Monument
Plaza Blanca ©
Plaza Blanca

1
night
Cuba

Cuba
Cuba is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico, in the United States. To find more things to do, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cuba trip maker site.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Cuba takes 2 hours. While traveling from Santa Fe, expect little chillier days and about the same nights in Cuba, ranging from highs of 81°F to lows of 61°F. You'll have a few hours on the 7th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Farmington.

Things to do in Cuba

Scenic Drive Outdoors Wildlife

1
night
Farmington

Farmington
Farmington ' is a city in San Juan County in the US state of New Mexico. To find photos, maps, where to stay, and other tourist information, refer to the Farmington travel route planning website.

Drive from Cuba to Farmington in 2 hours. While traveling from Cuba, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Farmington, ranging from highs of 92°F to lows of 62°F. On the 8th (Wed), you'll travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Farmington

Parks Outdoors Nature

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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of Petroglyph Point Hike and then explore the striking landscape of Mesa Verde National Park.

To see where to stay, photos, more things to do, and more tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park road trip planner.

Getting from Farmington to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Farmington in July since evenings lows in Mesa Verde National Park dip to 56°F. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Nature
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Petroglyph Point Hike ©
Petroglyph Point Hike
Mesa Verde National Park ©
Mesa Verde National Park

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