10 days in Mesa Verde National Park & Estes Park Itinerary

10 days in Mesa Verde National Park & Estes Park Itinerary

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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Estes Park
— 7 nights

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Mesa Verde National Park

— 2 nights
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 5th (Wed), trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, make a trip to Step House, then take a memorable drive along Ruins Road, and finally take in the dramatic natural features at Square Tower House. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 6th (Thu): explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, make a trip to Park Point, then hike along Soda Canyon Overlook Trail, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Spruce Canyon Trail.

To see traveler tips, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park trip builder tool.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Mesa Verde National Park. In May, plan for daily highs up to 72°F, and evening lows to 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Fri) so you can travel to Estes Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Scenic Drive

Estes Park

— 7 nights
More than just a convenient resting place for travelers on their way to the national park encompassing the Front Range of the Rockies, Estes Park is a popular place to visit in its own right.
Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Emerald Lake Trail and Mount Sanitas Trail. Escape the urban bustle at Eldorado Canyon and Alberta Falls. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Estes Park: Loveland (Loveland Museum/Gallery, Benson Park Sculpture Garden, &more), Boulder (Humane Society of Boulder Valley, Boulder Creek Path, &more) and Eldorado Canyon State Park (in Eldorado Springs). Next up on the itinerary: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Chapel on the Rock, sample the fine beverages at Dancing Pines Distillery, indulge your thirst for a good beer at Rock Cut Brewing Company, and learn about winemaking at Snowy Peaks Winery.

To find photos, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Estes Park trip planner.

Traveling by flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Estes Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. In May, daytime highs in Estes Park are 70°F, while nighttime lows are 43°F.

Things to do in Estes Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Museums

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