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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Route & dates

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. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): get all the information you need at Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center and then explore the fascinating landscape at High Dune Trail.

For ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip planner.

Denver to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is an approximately 4.5- hour car ride. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Denver in June since evenings lows in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve dip to 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

Outdoors Nature Trails
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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos Plaza, Wild Earth Llama Adventures, and other attractions you added. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, explore the ancient world of Taos Pueblo, make a trip to Taos County Courthouse Murals, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church.

To see maps, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Taos road trip planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Taos. In June in Taos, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 46°F at night. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Tours Wildlife Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Wild Earth Llama Adventures ©
Wild Earth Llama Adventures
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge ©
Rio Grande Gorge Bridge
Taos Pueblo ©
Taos Pueblo

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.
You've added Bandelier National Monument, Santa Fe Botanical Garden, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, and other attractions to your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Fe: High Road to Taos (in Taos) and Plaza Blanca (in Abiquiu). And it doesn't end there: take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, steep yourself in history at Santa Fe Plaza, get to know the fascinating history of Canyon Road, and appreciate the history behind Santa Fe Cathedral Park and Monument.

To see reviews, photos, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Santa Fe online road trip planner.

You can drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Taos in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Santa Fe, with lows around 60°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Cuba.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Parks Museums

Side Trips

Abiquiu, High Road to Taos, Bandelier National Monument
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 traveler tips, reviews, and more tourist information, read Cuba driving holiday planner.

Getting from Santa Fe to Cuba by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Santa Fe in July, you will find days in Cuba are slightly colder (81°F), and nights are about the same (61°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel 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. For other places to visit, reviews, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Farmington trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cuba to Farmington takes 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. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Wed) before leaving for 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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