12 days in Durango & Mesa Verde National Park Itinerary

12 days in Durango & Mesa Verde National Park Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Colorado trip planner

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Durango
— 7 nights
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 4 nights
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Durango

— 7 nights
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Explore Durango's surroundings by going to Pagosa Springs (Bath House (Hot Springs) @ The Springs Resort & Spa & Piedra River Trail), Ouray (Box Canyon Waterfall & Park, Off-Road Tours, &more) and Island Lake (in Silverton). The adventure continues: relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, wander the wide-open spaces of James Ranch Grill, don't miss a visit to Historic Downtown Durango, and trot along with a tour on horseback.

Plan my day in Durango using traveler tips and tourist information provided by Inspirock.

Minneapolis to Durango is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. The time zone difference moving from Central Standard Time (CST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 1 hour. Traveling from Minneapolis in August, Durango is little chillier at night with lows of 51°F. You'll set off for Mesa Verde National Park on the 30th (Mon).

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors · Parks · Trails · Tours

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park

— 4 nights
Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
Go for a jaunt from Mesa Verde National Park to Teec Nos Pos to see Four Corners Monument about 1h 20 min away. Spend the 2nd (Thu) exploring nature at Mesa Verde National Park. The adventure continues: contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace, trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, explore the striking landscape at Square Tower House, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Spruce Canyon Trail.

For other places to visit, maps, and tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

You can drive from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. Expect a daytime high around 86°F in August, and nighttime lows around 53°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 3rd (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks · Historic Sites · Nature · Trails

Side Trip