11 days in Colorado & South Dakota Itinerary

11 days in Colorado & South Dakota Itinerary

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11 days in Colorado & South Dakota Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
Foot + Fly + Taxi:  9​h 45​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Taxi + Fly:  5​h 45​min
2
Keystone
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
3
Deadwood
— 3 nights
Fly + Bus:  9​h
End: New York City

3
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'll discover tucked-away gems like Spruce Tree House and Ute Mountain Tribal Park. Cliff Palace and Balcony House will appeal to history buffs. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mesa Verde National Park: Rio Grande Southern Railroad Museum. (in Dolores) and Shiprock Rock Formation (in Shiprock). There's more to do: cruise along Ruins Road and make a trip to Park Point.

To see photos, other places to visit, traveler tips, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary site .

New York City to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 10-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Mesa Verde National Park. While traveling from New York City, expect somewhat warmer days and a bit cooler nights in Mesa Verde National Park, ranging from highs of 89°F to lows of 47°F. You'll have a few hours on the 12th (Tue) to wrap things up before traveling to Keystone.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Nature

Side Trips

Shiprock Rock Formation, Towac Visitor Center, Rio Grande Southern Railroad Museum.
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Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Shiprock Rock Formation ©
Shiprock Rock Formation
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

4
nights
Keystone

Keystone ©
Fewer than 400 people call Keystone home year-round, but the population explodes in summer when crowds flock to nearby Mount Rushmore.
Get outdoors at Harney Peak and Sylvan Lake. Let the collections at The Museum @ Black Hills Institute and Mammoth Site of Hot Springs capture your imagination. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Keystone: Angostura Recreation Area (in Hot Springs) and Windcross Conservancy (in Buffalo Gap). The adventure continues: see the interesting displays at National Presidential Wax Museum, hike along Little Devil's Tower Trail, and admire the masterpieces at Gutzon Borglum Historical Center.

To find reviews, ratings, more things to do, and tourist information, refer to the Keystone trip itinerary builder .

You can do a combination of taxi and flight from Mesa Verde National Park to Keystone in 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, shuttle, and flight; or drive. When traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in June, plan for a bit cooler days in Keystone, with highs around 75°F, while nights are a bit warmer with lows around 54°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 16th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Deadwood.

Things to do in Keystone

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Custer, Hot Springs, Black Elk Peak, The Museum @ Black Hills Institute, Windcross Conservancy
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Black Elk Peak ©
Black Elk Peak
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute ©
The Museum @ Black Hills Institute
Sylvan Lake ©
Sylvan Lake

3
nights
Deadwood

Deadwood ©
Deadwood is a city in South Dakota, United States, and the county seat of Lawrence County. Let the collections at Adams House and Tri-State Museum capture your imagination. Do some cultural sightseeing at Adams Museum and Vore Buffalo Jump. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Deadwood: Black Hills Parrot Welfare & Education Center (in Belle Fourche) and Crook County Museum (in Sundance). There's much more to do: hike along Deadwood Trailhead George S. Mickelson Trail, wander the streets of Historic Old Town, immerse yourself in nature at Bear Butte State Park, and take an in-depth tour of High Plains Heritage Center Museum.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, read Deadwood trip planner .

Traveling by car from Keystone to Deadwood takes 1.5 hours. The time zone changes from Mountain Standard Time to Central Standard Time, which is usually a 1 hour difference. June in Deadwood sees daily highs of 73°F and lows of 51°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Tue) to allow time for travel back home.

Things to do in Deadwood

Parks Museums Historic Sites

Side Trips

Belle Fourche, Bear Butte State Park, Vore Buffalo Jump, High Plains Western Heritage Center Museum, Crook County Museum
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Vore Buffalo Jump
Vore Buffalo Jump

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