10 days in Vail & Mesa Verde National Park Itinerary

10 days in Vail & Mesa Verde National Park Itinerary

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Vail
— 6 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
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Vail

Vail

Western White House of President Gerald Ford

Originally built as a base for Vail Ski Resort, the town of Vail has blossomed into its own destination, but still has less than 6,000 permanent residents.
Explore hidden gems such as Loveland Ski Area and Beaver Creek Chapel. Your cultural itinerary includes sights like Vail Valley and Cooper Corner Gallery. Venture out of the city with trips to Frisco (Ten Mile Canyon National Recreation Trail & Frisco Adventure Park), Ski Cooper (in Leadville) and Breckenridge (Breckenridge Welcome Center, Breckenridge Nordic Center, &more). On the 20th (Sat), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Buttermilk Mountain. There's still lots to do: fly down the slopes at Vail Mountain Resort, get your game on at Vail Valley Escape Room, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Sunlight Mountain Resort.

For other places to visit, maps, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the Vail trip itinerary maker website.

The Route module can give you travel options from your home to Vail. In April, plan for daily highs up to 35°F, and evening lows to 22°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors · Winter Sports · Parks · Nature

Side Trips

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Vail Valley
Vail Valley
Ski Cooper ©
Ski Cooper
Frisco Adventure Park ©
Frisco Adventure Park

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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.
You've now added Square Tower House to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 21st (Sun): admire all the interesting features of Ruins Road, take in the dramatic natural features at Square Tower House, then don't miss a visit to Park Point, and finally explore the ancient world of Far View Sites. On your second day here, explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then explore the striking landscape at Shiprock Rock Formation.

To see more things to do, other places to visit, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park travel route planner.

Traveling by car from Vail to Mesa Verde National Park takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can fly; or do a combination of bus and taxi. Traveling from Vail in April, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be somewhat warmer, around 29°F, while days are warmer, around 65°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 23rd (Tue) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

Side Trip

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Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Shiprock Rock Formation ©
Shiprock Rock Formation
Step House ©
Step House

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