10 days in Taos, Zion National Park & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

10 days in Taos, Zion National Park & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

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10 days in Taos, Zion National Park & Grand Canyon National Park Itinerary

Start: Dallas
Fly + shuttle:  6​h 30​min
1
Taos
— 3 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + Drive:  8​h 30​min
2
Zion National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
3
Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
bus + Fly:  8​h 15​min
End: Dallas

3
nights
Taos

Taos ©
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
You'll discover tucked-away gems like Philmont Scout Ranch and Fort Union National Monument. Change things up with a short trip to Goose Lake Trail in Red River (about 50 minutes away). There's still lots to do: stop by Twirl, appreciate the history behind Rio Grande del Norte National Monument, see the interesting displays at Mabel Dodge Luhan Historic House, and indulge your thirst for a good beer at Taos Mesa Brewing.

To see maps, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Taos travel itinerary planner .

Dallas to Taos is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and car; or drive. The time zone changes from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -1 hour difference. Traveling from Dallas in June, you will find days in Taos are slightly colder (83°F), and nights are much colder (46°F). Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to travel to Zion National Park.

Things to do in Taos

Parks Historic Sites Nature

Side Trips

Philmont Scout Ranch, Goose Lake Trail, Fort Union National Monument
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Philmont Scout Ranch ©
Philmont Scout Ranch
Fort Union National Monument ©
Fort Union National Monument
Twirl ©
Twirl

2
nights
Zion National Park

Zion National Park ©
Towering cliffs of red, white, and pink Navajo sandstone, stream-carved slot canyons, and big blue sky all characterize Zion National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Wed): cruise along Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel, then hike along Timber Creek Overlook Trail, and then take in breathtaking views at Kolob Canyons. On your second day here, explore the wealth of natural beauty at Court of the Patriarchs.

To see photos, ratings, where to stay, and tourist information, use the Zion National Park trip itinerary planning website .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and car from Taos to Zion National Park takes 8.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or do a combination of bus, train, and taxi. Traveling from Taos in July, expect Zion National Park to be somewhat warmer, temps between 94°F and 59°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 4th (Thu) so you can travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Zion National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
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Kolob Canyons ©
Kolob Canyons
Court of the Patriarchs ©
Court of the Patriarchs
Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel ©
Zion-Mt. Carmel Tunnel

4
nights
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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Cape Royal and East Rim Drive. There's lots more to do: get great views at Lipan Point, appreciate the history behind Powell Point, get your bearings at Yavapai Point, and hike along Hermit Trail.

To find ratings, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Grand Canyon National Park day trip planner .

Explore your travel options from Zion National Park to Grand Canyon National Park with the Route module. Traveling from Zion National Park in July, things will get a bit cooler in Grand Canyon National Park: highs are around 84°F and lows about 52°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 8th (Mon) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Outdoors Scenic Drive Parks
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Lipan Point ©
Lipan Point
East Rim Drive ©
East Rim Drive
Cape Royal ©
Cape Royal

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