11 days in Craig, Grand Canyon National Park & Mesa Verde National Park Itinerary

11 days in Craig, Grand Canyon National Park & Mesa Verde National Park Itinerary

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Fly to Yampa Valley Airport, Drive to Craig
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Craig
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Grand Canyon National Park
— 4 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
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Craig — 3 nights

The City of Craig is a Home Rule Municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Moffat County, Colorado, United States. Get a sense of the local culture at Museum of Northwest Colorado and Wyman Living History Museum. Visiting Devil's Causeway Hike and Yampa River State Park will get you outdoors. There's more to do: walk around City Park.

To see maps, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Craig road trip planner.

Philadelphia to Craig is an approximately 8.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Due to the time zone difference, you'll gain 2 hours traveling from Philadelphia to Craig. Expect much colder evenings in Craig when traveling from Philadelphia in June, with lows around 41°F. On the 28th (Tue), you're off to Grand Canyon National Park.
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Grand Canyon National Park — 4 nights

The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
Step out of the city life by going to Grand Canyon South Rim and Rim Trail. On the 2nd (Sat), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. The adventure continues: trek along Bright Angel Point, explore the stunning scenery at Inner Canyon, go for a walk through Pipe Creek Vista, and stroll through South Kaibab Trail.

To see other places to visit, ratings, reviews, and more tourist information, read Grand Canyon National Park trip itinerary planner.

Getting from Craig to Grand Canyon National Park by car takes about 11 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and flight. In June, daily temperatures in Grand Canyon National Park can reach 85°F, while at night they dip to 42°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Mesa Verde National Park.
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Mesa Verde National Park — 3 nights

Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Kick off your visit on the 3rd (Sun): explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, and finally make a trip to Park Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 4th (Mon): trek along Petroglyph Point Hike, then hike along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, then delve into the distant past at Long House, and finally hike along Prater Ridge Trail.

To see more things to do, photos, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park travel planner.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 5.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of flight and car; or do a combination of bus and car. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in July, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be about the same, around 56°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 90°F. On the 5th (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.
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