10 days in Colorado Springs & Mesa Verde National Park Itinerary

10 days in Colorado Springs & Mesa Verde National Park Itinerary

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10 days in Colorado Springs & Mesa Verde National Park Itinerary

Start: Colorado Springs
1
Colorado Springs
— 6 nights
Fly + taxi:  4​h 45​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
taxi + Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Colorado Springs

6
nights
Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
Step out of the city life by going to Pikes Peak and Seven Falls. Visit Manitou Cliff Dwellings and Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site for their historical value. Step out of Colorado Springs to go to Canon City and see Skyline Drive, which is approximately 1h 20 min away. There's much more to do: stroll through Garden of the Gods, meet the residents at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, take in the dramatic natural features at Red Rock Canyon, and appreciate the extensive heritage of Old Colorado City Historic District.

For where to stay, more things to do, maps, and tourist information, read our Colorado Springs route planner.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from your home destination to Colorado Springs. In June, daytime highs in Colorado Springs are 84°F, while nighttime lows are 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 15th (Sat) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Colorado Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Skyline Drive, Manitou Cliff Dwellings
Highlights from your plan
Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Pikes Peak ©
Pikes Peak
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo ©
Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

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.
On the 16th (Sun), tour the pleasant surroundings at Nordenskiold #16 Trail, then trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the dramatic natural features at Shiprock Rock Formation, then pause for some photo ops at Four Corners Monument, and then explore the ancient world of Long House.

For traveler tips, reviews, maps, and more tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park route builder .

You can do a combination of flight and taxi from Colorado Springs to Mesa Verde National Park in 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi; or drive. Traveling from Colorado Springs in June, Mesa Verde National Park is slightly colder at night with lows of 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 18th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shiprock Rock Formation, Four Corners Monument
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

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