13 days in United States Itinerary

13 days in United States Itinerary

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13 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Phoenix
Drive:  1​h 45​min
1
Cottonwood
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Monument Valley
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
3
Pagosa Springs
— 5 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
4
Jemez Springs
— 3 nights
Drive + Fly:  4​h 30​min
End: Phoenix

2
nights
Cottonwood

Cottonwood ©
Cottonwood serves as a base for exploring the Verde Valley.
Explore hidden gems such as Arizona Stronghold Vineyards Tasting Room and Fire Mountain Wines. Take a break from Cottonwood with a short trip to Arcosanti in Mayer, about 52 minutes away. There's still lots to do: learn about winemaking at Alcantara Vineyards and Winery, stop by Verde Valley Olive Oil Traders, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Immaculate Conception Catholic Church, and meet the residents at Out of Africa Wildlife Park.

To see more things to do, reviews, ratings, and tourist information, read our Cottonwood trip itinerary website .

Phoenix to Cottonwood is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also take a bus. Expect slightly colder temperatures when traveling from Phoenix in September; daily highs in Cottonwood reach 85°F and lows reach 63°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Sun) early enough to drive to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Cottonwood

Wineries Zoos & Aquariums Parks

Side Trips

Arcosanti, Out of Africa Wildlife Park
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Out of Africa Wildlife Park ©
Out of Africa Wildlife Park
Alcantara Vineyards and Winery ©
Alcantara Vineyards and Winery
Burning Tree Cellars Tasting Room ©
Burning Tree Cellars Tasting Room

2
nights
Monument Valley

Monument Valley ©
Monument Valley is a region of the Colorado Plateau characterized by a cluster of vast sandstone buttes, the largest reaching 1000ft above the valley floor. On the 23rd (Mon), trot along with a tour on horseback, get great views at Muley Point Overlook, and then cruise along Moki Dugway. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 24th (Tue): see the top attractions with Sightseeing Tours and then admire all the interesting features of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park.

For maps, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Monument Valley trip planning website .

Traveling by car from Cottonwood to Monument Valley takes 5 hours. Plan for a bit cooler nights when traveling from Cottonwood in September since evenings lows in Monument Valley dip to 52°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Tours Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Muley Point Overlook, Moki Dugway
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Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©
Horseback Riding Tours
Photography Tours

5
nights
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs ©
Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Discover out-of-the-way places like Molas Pass and Piedra River Trail. Step out of the city life by going to Piedra Falls and Animas Forks. Get out of town with these interesting Pagosa Springs side-trips: Creede (Last Chance Mine, Bachelor Loop, & more). There's much more to do: identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park, view the masterpieces at Handcrafted Interiors Art Gallery, contemplate the waterfront views at San Juan River Walk, and shop like a local with Fred Harman Art Museum.

For maps, where to stay, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Pagosa Springs trip builder tool .

You can drive from Monument Valley to Pagosa Springs in 5 hours. Traveling from Monument Valley in September, expect Pagosa Springs to be slightly colder, temps between 72°F and 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sun) so you can travel to Jemez Springs.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Creede, Molas Pass, Animas Forks
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Molas Pass ©
Molas Pass
Piedra Falls ©
Piedra Falls
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park

3
nights
Jemez Springs

Jemez Springs ©
Jemez Springs is a village in Sandoval County, New Mexico, United States. Get outdoors at Jemez Mountains and Jemez Springs Bath House. Explore hidden gems such as Jemez Trail National Scenic Byway and Battleship Rock. Venture out of the city with trips to Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument (in Cochiti Pueblo) and Cerrillos Hills State Park (in Cerrillos).

To see traveler tips, where to stay, and more tourist information, go to the Jemez Springs trip builder app .

Traveling by car from Pagosa Springs to Jemez Springs takes 3.5 hours. Plan for a bit warmer nights when traveling from Pagosa Springs in September since evenings lows in Jemez Springs dip to 54°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Wed) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Jemez Springs

Nature Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Cerrillos Hills State Park, Kasha-Katuwe Tent Rocks National Monument
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Jemez Springs Bath House ©
Jemez Springs Bath House
Jemez Mountains ©
Jemez Mountains
Jemez Trail National Scenic Byway ©
Jemez Trail National Scenic Byway

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