13 days in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, New Mexico & Mesa Verde National Park Itinerary

13 days in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, New Mexico & Mesa Verde National Park Itinerary

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 night
Drive
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Taos
— 3 nights
Drive
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Santa Fe
— 4 nights
Drive
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Cuba
— 1 night
Drive
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Farmington
— 1 night
Drive
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
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Your day by day itinerary now includes High Dune Trail as well as Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center. Start off your visit on the 28th (Sun): get all the information you need at Great Sand Dunes Visitor Center and then explore the fascinating landscape at High Dune Trail.

To see ratings, reviews, and tourist information, use the Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip planner.

Denver to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. Plan for little chillier nights when traveling from Denver in June since evenings lows in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve dip to 42°F. On the 29th (Mon), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Taos.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Trails · Parks · Nature · Outdoors

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Taos

Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Your day by day itinerary now includes Millicent Rogers Museum, Taos Plaza, Wild Earth Llama Adventures, and other attractions you added. There's lots more to do: snap pictures at Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, explore the ancient world of Taos Pueblo, make a trip to Taos County Courthouse Murals, and contemplate in the serene atmosphere at San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church.

To see traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, use the Taos road trip planning site.

The Route module can help you plan travel from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Taos. In June in Taos, expect temperatures between 83°F during the day and 46°F at night. On the 2nd (Thu), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Santa Fe.

Things to do in Taos

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Historic Sites

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Santa Fe

City Different

Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
You've added Bandelier National Monument, Santa Fe Botanical Garden, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, and other attractions to your itinerary. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Santa Fe: High Road to Taos (in Taos) and Plaza Blanca (in Abiquiu). There's still lots to do: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, explore the world behind art at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum, pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and appreciate the history behind Santa Fe Cathedral Park and Monument.

For more things to do, photos, maps, and tourist information, read our Santa Fe trip itinerary builder site.

Drive from Taos to Santa Fe in 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive; or take a bus. Traveling from Taos in July, plan for somewhat warmer nights in Santa Fe, with lows around 60°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 6th (Mon) so you can travel to Cuba.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites · Parks · Museums · Nature

Side Trips

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Cuba

Cuba is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico, in the United States. To find other places to visit, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, read Cuba driving holiday planner.

Getting from Santa Fe to Cuba by car takes about 2 hours. Traveling from Santa Fe in July, you will find days in Cuba are slightly colder (81°F), and nights are about the same (61°F). Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel to Farmington.

Things to do in Cuba

Scenic Drive · Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors

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Farmington

Farmington ' is a city in San Juan County in the US state of New Mexico. For maps, ratings, photos, and more tourist information, go to the Farmington trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cuba to Farmington takes 2 hours. While traveling from Cuba, expect somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Farmington, ranging from highs of 92°F to lows of 62°F. You will have some time to spend on the 8th (Wed) before leaving for Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Farmington

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Museums

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 8th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House. On the 9th (Thu), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: admire all the interesting features of Petroglyph Point Hike and then explore the striking landscape of Mesa Verde National Park.

For reviews, photos, and more tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park road trip planner.

Getting from Farmington to Mesa Verde National Park by car takes about 2 hours. Plan for slightly colder nights when traveling from Farmington in July since evenings lows in Mesa Verde National Park dip to 56°F. You'll have a few hours on the 10th (Fri) to wrap things up before traveling home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites · Parks · Nature · Trails

New Mexico travel guide

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Specialty Museums · Geologic Formations · Historic Walking Areas
Land of Enchantment
New Mexico is a land of distinctive regional cuisine and a thriving art scene, centered around the state's cosmopolitan urban centers. Once a Spanish colony claimed by 16th-century conquistadores, New Mexico remains the home of a large Spanish-speaking population and plenty of historical places to visit. The state also contains many Native American communities, sheltering a traditional way of life irretrievably lost in most other places in the country. With large tracts of sparsely inhabited land, the state is a great vacation destination for those who want to discover one of the world's last truly untamed regions, interspersed by only a few ancient pueblos and centuries-old missionary churches.