5 days in Mesa Verde National Park, Petrified Forest National Park & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

5 days in Mesa Verde National Park, Petrified Forest National Park & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
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Petrified Forest National Park
— 1 night
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 2 nights

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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 23rd (Mon), get a taste of life in the country at Majestic Dude Ranch. Here are some ideas for day two: hike along Prater Ridge Trail, thentrek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, thensteep yourself in history at Balcony House, and finally steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace.

For reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip builder website.

Denver to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from Denver in March, with lows around °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Petrified Forest National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Majestic Dude Ranch
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Majestic Dude Ranch ©
Majestic Dude Ranch
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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Petrified Forest National Park

Petrified Forest National Park ©
Petrified Forest National Park presents a surreal landscape of large deposits of petrified wood.
Start off your visit on the 25th (Wed): trek along Blue Mesa, thendelve into the lush surroundings at Jasper Forest, and then explore the fascinating landscape at Painted Desert.

For maps, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, go to the Petrified Forest National Park trip itinerary maker tool.

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Petrified Forest National Park takes 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. March in Petrified Forest National Park sees daily highs of °F and lows of °F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Wed) so you can go by car to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Petrified Forest National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Painted Desert ©
Painted Desert
Blue Mesa ©
Blue Mesa
Jasper Forest ©
Jasper Forest

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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 26th (Thu): stroll through Bright Angel Trail and then explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim. Here are some ideas for day two: stroll through South Kaibab Trail, take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, and then get curious at Yavapai Geology Museum.

To find where to stay, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park trip maker app.

Traveling by car from Petrified Forest National Park to Grand Canyon National Park takes 4 hours. In March, daily temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park can reach °F, while at night they dip to °F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 27th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Yavapai Geology Museum ©
Yavapai Geology Museum
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim

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