10 days in Vail & Mesa Verde National Park Itinerary

10 days in Vail & Mesa Verde National Park Itinerary

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10 days in Vail & Mesa Verde National Park Itinerary

Start: Vail
1
Vail
— 6 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h 45​min
End: Vail

6
nights
Vail

Vail ©
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.
Get a sense of the local culture at Beaver Creek Chapel and Breckenridge Welcome Center. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Ski Cooper and Frisco Adventure Park. Venture out of the city with trips to Glenwood Springs (Cooper Corner Gallery & Sunlight Mountain Resort), Loveland Ski Area (in Georgetown) and Ten Mile Canyon National Recreation Trail (in Frisco). On the 20th (Sat), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Buttermilk Mountain. There's much more to do: take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Vail Mountain Resort, fly down the slopes at Blue River Sports, wander the streets of Vail Valley, and have fun at Tumble Bubbles.

To find other places to visit, traveler tips, photos, and tourist information, use the Vail online travel route planner .

Expect a daytime high around 35°F in April, and nighttime lows around 22°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 20th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Vail

Outdoors Winter Sports Parks

Side Trips

Breckenridge, Beaver Creek, Frisco, Glenwood Springs, Buttermilk Mountain
Highlights from your plan
Ski Cooper ©
Ski Cooper
Sunlight Mountain Resort ©
Sunlight Mountain Resort
Frisco Adventure Park ©
Frisco Adventure Park

2
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.
You've now added Square Tower House to your itinerary. On the 21st (Sun), take a memorable drive along Ruins Road, take in the dramatic natural features at Square Tower House, then don't miss a visit to Park Point, and finally delve into the distant past at Far View Sites. On the 22nd (Mon), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then take in the dramatic natural features at Shiprock Rock Formation.

To see reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park road trip app .

Traveling by combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi from Vail to Mesa Verde National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. When traveling from Vail in April, plan for much hotter days and a bit warmer nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 65°F by day to 29°F at night. On the 23rd (Tue), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trip

Shiprock Rock Formation
Highlights from your plan
Step House ©
Step House
Shiprock Rock Formation ©
Shiprock Rock Formation
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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