10 days in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, South Fork & Mesa Verde National Park Itinerary

10 days in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, South Fork & Mesa Verde National Park Itinerary

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 2 nights
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South Fork
— 3 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

— 2 nights
Start off your visit on the 18th (Sun): take in the spiritual surroundings of Stations of the Cross Shrine. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Little Medano Creek and then admire nature's extreme beauty at High Dune Trail.

For traveler tips, where to stay, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve day trip planner.

Chattanooga to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is an approximately 14-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler weather when traveling from Chattanooga in July: highs in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve hover around 83°F, while lows dip to 48°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Tue) early enough to go by car to South Fork.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

Side Trip

South Fork

— 3 nights
South Fork is a statutory town in Rio Grande County, Colorado, United States. Family-friendly places like Treasure Falls and Piedra River Trail will thrill your kids. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around South Fork: Pagosa Springs (Bath House (Hot Springs) @ The Springs Resort & Spa, River Rafting & Tubing, &more).

For more things to do, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the South Fork trip website.

Traveling by car from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to South Fork takes 1.5 hours. When traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in July, plan for colder days and about the same nights in South Fork: temperatures range from 59°F by day to 44°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 23rd (Fri) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in South Fork

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Side Trip

Mesa Verde National Park

— 3 nights
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Start off your visit on the 24th (Sat): delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 25th (Sun): don't miss a visit to Step House, then explore the ancient world of Long House, and then explore the ancient world of Far View Sites.

To see photos, traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from South Fork to Mesa Verde National Park takes 3.5 hours. Expect much warmer weather when traveling from South Fork in July: highs in Mesa Verde National Park hover around 90°F, while lows dip to 56°F. On the 26th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Trails · Parks · Outdoors