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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Drive to Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport, Fly to Yampa Valley Airport, Drive to Craig
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Craig
— 3 nights
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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. Satisfy your inner culture vulture at Museum of Northwest Colorado and Little Snake River Museum. Get outdoors at Jones Hole Trail and Devil's Causeway Hike. There's more to do: get engrossed in the history at Wyman Living History Museum and stroll around City Park.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, more things to do, and other tourist information, refer to the Craig route builder.

Washington DC to Craig is an approximately 9-hour combination of car and flight. You can also drive. The time zone changes from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST), which is usually a -2 hour difference. Traveling from Washington DC in May, you will find days in Craig are little chillier (67°F), and nights are colder (35°F). Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 24th (Tue) to allow time for travel to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Craig

Parks · Museums · Outdoors · Trails

Side Trips

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.
Get in touch with nature at Grand Canyon South Rim and Inner Canyon. On the 28th (Sat), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's still lots to do: stroll through Rim Trail, take in breathtaking views at Yavapai Point, take some stellar pictures from Mather Point, and trek along Cape Final Trail.

To find maps, where to stay, more things to do, and more tourist information, use the Grand Canyon National Park trip app.

Traveling by car from Craig to Grand Canyon National Park takes 11 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and flight. May in Grand Canyon National Park sees daily highs of 68°F and lows of 33°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 28th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks · Outdoors · Trails · Nature

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 29th (Sun): appreciate the extensive heritage of Far View Sites, then delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally make a trip to Park Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore and take pictures at Petroglyph Point Hike, then stroll through Nordenskiold #16 Trail, then delve into the distant past at Long House, and finally tour the pleasant surroundings at Prater Ridge Trail.

To find reviews, maps, and more tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary planner.

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Mesa Verde National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, bus, and taxi. In May in Mesa Verde National Park, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 38°F at night. On the 31st (Tue), you'll have the morning to explore before heading back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Parks · Trails