9 days in Denver, Grand Lake & Mesa Verde National Park Itinerary

9 days in Denver, Grand Lake & Mesa Verde National Park Itinerary

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Denver
— 2 nights
2
Grand Lake
— 2 nights
3
Denver
— 1 night
4
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights

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Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum as well as Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre. Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take in nature's colorful creations at Denver Botanic Gardens. Keep things going the next day: explore the striking landscape of Summit Lake Park, then take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, then take a memorable drive along Mount Evans Scenic Byway, and finally explore the activities along Crown Hill Park.

To find photos, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Denver vacation planning app.

Phoenix to Denver is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Phoenix in July, plan for a bit cooler days and cooler nights in Denver: temperatures range from 87°F by day to 60°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Lake.

Things to do in Denver

Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

Summit Lake Park, Crown Hill Park, Buffalo Bill Grave and Museum, Red Rocks Park and Amphitheatre
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Mount Evans ©
Mount Evans
Denver Botanic Gardens ©
Denver Botanic Gardens
Mount Evans Scenic Byway ©
Mount Evans Scenic Byway

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Grand Lake

Grand Lake ©
Grand Lake is a statutory town in Grand County, Colorado, United States. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 29th (Wed): hike along Adams Falls Trail, then stop by Never Summer Mountain Products, and then kick back and relax at The Beach at Grand Lake.

To find ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Grand Lake trip itinerary site.

Getting from Denver to Grand Lake by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: do a combination of train and bus; or take a bus. Plan for much colder temperatures traveling from Denver in July, with highs in Grand Lake at 53°F and lows at 39°F. You'll have a few hours on the 30th (Thu) to wrap things up before traveling to Denver.

Things to do in Grand Lake

Outdoors · Parks · Trails

Side Trip

Adams Falls Trail
Highlights from your plan
Adams Falls Trail ©
Adams Falls Trail
Never Summer Mountain Products ©
Never Summer Mountain Products

1
night
Denver

Denver
To find where to stay, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Denver trip site.

Traveling by car from Grand Lake to Denver takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and train; or take a bus. Plan for warmer temperatures traveling from Grand Lake in July, with highs in Denver at 87°F and lows at 60°F. On the 31st (Fri), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Denver

Outdoors · Parks · Tours

3
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.
Mesa Verde National Park is known for historic sites, trails, and nature. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace, explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, make a trip to Step House, and stroll through Prater Ridge Trail.

To see other places to visit, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park planning website.

Fly from Denver to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus and taxi. July in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 90°F and lows of 56°F at night. You will have some time to spend on the 3rd (Mon) before leaving for home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

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

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