15 days in Arizona, Colorado & South Dakota Itinerary

15 days in Arizona, Colorado & South Dakota Itinerary

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Route & dates

1
Sedona
— 2 nights
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
3
Durango
— 2 nights
4
Pagosa Springs
— 1 night
5
Glenwood Springs
— 2 nights
6
Keystone
— 2 nights
7
Badlands National Park
— 1 night

2
nights
Sedona

Sedona ©
Despite its relatively small size, Sedona overflows with tourist appeal.
Kick off your visit on the 2nd (Sun): see Off-Road Tours, tour the pleasant surroundings at Broken Arrow Trail, and then hike along Airport Mesa. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon): admire the majestic nature at Red Rock State Park, thensteep yourself in history at Montezuma Castle National Monument, and then admire the majestic nature at Slide Rock State Park.

For more things to do, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Sedona route builder website.

Portland to Sedona is an approximately 8.5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. You'll lose 1 hour traveling from Portland to Sedona due to the time zone difference. Plan for somewhat warmer nights when traveling from Portland in August since evenings lows in Sedona dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Sedona

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Montezuma Castle National Monument
Highlights from your plan
Broken Arrow Trail ©
Broken Arrow Trail
Red Rock State Park ©
Red Rock State Park
Off-Road Tours

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.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at South Kaibab Trail and Bright Angel Point. Visiting Grand Canyon South Rim and Mather Point will get you outdoors. There's lots more to do: trek along Bright Angel Trail, stroll through Cape Final Trail, take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, and get outside with Bar 10 Ranch Activities.

To see where to stay, ratings, and more tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park trip planning site.

You can drive from Sedona to Grand Canyon National Park in 2.5 hours. Prepare for a bit cooler weather when traveling from Sedona in August: high temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park hover around °F and lows are around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can drive to Durango.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Parks Trails
Highlights from your plan
South Kaibab Trail ©
South Kaibab Trail
Bright Angel Point ©
Bright Angel Point
Nature & Wildlife Tours

2
nights
Durango

Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Start off your visit on the 8th (Sat): see Off-Road Tours and then take a memorable tour with Tours. Keep things going the next day: trot along with a tour on horseback, thenhike along Animas River Trail, and then relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour.

To see where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read Durango travel route planner.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Durango in 5.5 hours. In August, daily temperatures in Durango can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 9th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Tours Adventure
Highlights from your plan
Zipline
River Rafting & Tubing
Animas River Trail ©
Animas River Trail

1
night
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 10th (Mon): take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls, thencontemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk, and then get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Pagosa Springs travel route site.

Traveling by car from Durango to Pagosa Springs takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a shuttle. When traveling from Durango in August, plan for slightly colder days in Pagosa Springs, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 10th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Glenwood Springs.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Outdoors Nature Parks
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
San Juan River Walk ©
San Juan River Walk

2
nights
Glenwood Springs

Glenwood Springs ©
Glenwood Springs occupies a scenic location at the junction of the Colorado River and the Roaring Fork River, halfway between Vail and Aspen along the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains.
Kick off your visit on the 11th (Tue): get in on the family fun at Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park and then let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour. On the 12th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in breathtaking views at Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail, tour the pleasant surroundings at Hanging Lake Trail, and then explore the activities along Hanging Lake.

For traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Glenwood Springs driving holiday planner.

Getting from Pagosa Springs to Glenwood Springs by car takes about 6 hours. Other options: fly; or do a combination of shuttle and bus. When traveling from Pagosa Springs in August, plan for little chillier days and about the same nights in Glenwood Springs: temperatures range from °F by day to °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 12th (Wed) so you can travel to Keystone.

Things to do in Glenwood Springs

Outdoors Parks Theme Parks
Highlights from your plan
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park ©
Glenwood Caverns Adventure Park
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail ©
Glenwood Canyon Bike Trail
Hanging Lake ©
Hanging Lake

2
nights
Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
On the 13th (Thu), take a memorable drive along Iron Mountain Road, thentake a memorable drive along Wildlife Loop Road, and then trek along Presidential Trail. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 14th (Fri): discover the riches below the earth's surface at Big Thunder Gold Mine, take in the dramatic natural features at Needles Eye Tunnel, thencontemplate the waterfront views at Sylvan Lake, and finally explore the wealth of natural beauty at Mount Rushmore National Memorial.

To see where to stay, other places to visit, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Keystone road trip app.

Getting from Glenwood Springs to Keystone by flight takes about 6.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Glenwood Springs in August, plan for a bit warmer days in Keystone, with highs around °F, while nights are about the same with lows around °F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 14th (Fri) early enough to go by car to Badlands National Park.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Custer
Highlights from your plan
Iron Mountain Road ©
Iron Mountain Road
Needles Eye Tunnel ©
Needles Eye Tunnel
Presidential Trail ©
Presidential Trail

1
night
Badlands National Park

Badlands National Park ©
Although Badlands National Park's name might not be the most inviting, its landscape of pinnacles, eroded buttes, spires, and an expansive, pristine mixed-grass prairie remain enticing.
On the 15th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Roberts Prairie Dog Town, explore the striking landscape at Badlands Wall, and then admire all the interesting features of Loop Road.

To find more things to do, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Badlands National Park tour itinerary app.

You can drive from Keystone to Badlands National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Keystone in August, expect Badlands National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between °F and °F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Badlands National Park

Parks Outdoors Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Roberts Prairie Dog Town ©
Roberts Prairie Dog Town
Loop Road ©
Loop Road
Badlands Wall ©
Badlands Wall

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