11 days in Colorado & Arches National Park Itinerary

11 days in Colorado & Arches National Park Itinerary

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Fly to San Luis Valley Regional Airport/Bergman Field, Drive to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 2 nights
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Arches National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park
— 2 nights
Drive
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Rocky Mountain National Park
— 2 nights
Drive to Laramie, Fly to Boston

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

— 2 nights
Kick off your visit on the 19th (Sun): admire nature's extreme beauty at High Dune Trail and then explore the activities along Little Medano Creek.

For traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve online trip builder.

Boston to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is an approximately 9.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Boston to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve. Traveling from Boston in June, expect nights in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to be little chillier, around 42°F, while days are somewhat warmer, around 83°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Mon) so you can travel to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Nature · Parks · Trails · Outdoors
Highlights from your trip

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 20th (Mon), explore the ancient world of Long House. On the 21st (Tue), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

For more things to do, other places to visit, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

Explore your travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Mesa Verde National Park with the Route module. When traveling from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve in June, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 89°F by day to 46°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Arches National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites

Arches National Park

— 2 nights

A Red Rock Wonderland

Mother Nature kept reaching for red when she painted Arches National Park's 2,000 sandstone arches, resulting in one of the country's more distinctly shaped and colored landscapes.
Start off your visit on the 22nd (Wed): explore the striking landscape at Landscape Arch and then take in the dramatic natural features at Fiery Furnace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 23rd (Thu): trek along Windows and then stroll through Double Arch.

To find where to stay, more things to do, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Arches National Park vacation website.

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Arches National Park in 4 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, with highs in Arches National Park at 95°F and lows at 61°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 24th (Fri) to allow enough time to travel to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park.

Things to do in Arches National Park

Trails · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

— 2 nights
The Gunnison River has been hard at work over the past two million years, carving out the sheer cliffs and towering spires that today make up Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
Kick off your visit on the 24th (Fri): take some stellar pictures from Warner Point and then take in breathtaking views at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park. Here are some ideas for day two: take a memorable drive along East Portal Road, then cruise along South Rim Road, and then explore the striking landscape at Painted Wall.

To find other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, read Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park tour itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Arches National Park to Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park takes 4 hours. Plan for little chillier temperatures traveling from Arches National Park in June, with highs in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park at 89°F and lows at 54°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 26th (Sun) so you can travel to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park

Scenic Drive · Outdoors · Nature · Parks

Rocky Mountain National Park

— 2 nights
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): explore and take pictures at Trail Ridge Road. Here are some ideas for day two: contemplate the waterfront views at Sprague Lake, then admire the sheer force of Alberta Falls, and then trek along Emerald Lake Trail.

For more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park trip itinerary maker website.

Getting from Black Canyon Of The Gunnison National Park to Rocky Mountain National Park by car takes about 7 hours. Expect a daytime high around 87°F in June, and nighttime lows around 54°F. You will leave for home on the 28th (Tue).

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Trails

Colorado travel guide

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River Rafting & Tubing · Parks · Scenic Drive
The Centennial State
Home to diverse natural ecosystems, Colorado boasts numerous ski resorts, vineyards, canyons, fossil-rich national parks, rugged natural trails, and picturesque scenic drives. Arguably the greatest of Colorado's many natural wonders is Mt. Elbert, the highest peak in the North American Rockies. The state's natural beauty inspired the opening lyrics of the song "America the Beautiful." Aside from its abundant unspoiled wilderness, Colorado also offers many urban attractions, including award-winning restaurants and nationally praised microbreweries. With an extensive system of highways and railroads, the state provides visitors on vacation with a chance to explore this largely untamed part of the country by car or train.