15 days in Mesa Verde National Park, Grand Canyon National Park & Monument Valley Itinerary

15 days in Mesa Verde National Park, Grand Canyon National Park & Monument Valley Itinerary

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15 days in Mesa Verde National Park, Grand Canyon National Park & Monument Valley Itinerary

Start: Columbia
+2
Drive + Fly + shuttle:  11​h 15​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  5​h 30​min
2
Grand Canyon National Park
— 7 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
3
Monument Valley
— 4 nights
Drive + Fly:  10​h 45​min
End: Columbia

3
nights
Mesa Verde National Park

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.
Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Mesa Verde National Park: Shiprock Rock Formation (in Shiprock) and Four Corners Monument (in Teec Nos Pos). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace, explore the ancient world of Far View Sites, examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum, and trek along Petroglyph Point Hike.

For ratings, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip itinerary builder app .

Columbia to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 11.5-hour combination of car, flight, and shuttle. You can also do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. The time zone difference when traveling from Columbia to Mesa Verde National Park is minus 2 hours. Expect a bit cooler evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from Columbia in July, with lows around 56°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 25th (Thu) early enough to drive to Grand Canyon National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Trails

Side Trips

Shiprock Rock Formation, Four Corners Monument
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Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

7
nights
Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park ©
The size, shape, and color of Grand Canyon National Park combine to leave an impression on visitors as deep as the canyon itself.
On the 26th (Fri), hike the day away at Bright Angel Trail. There's much more to do: explore the stunning scenery at Grand Canyon South Rim, see the world from above with a helicopter tour, take a memorable drive along East Rim Drive, and hike along Rim Trail.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and other tourist information, read our Grand Canyon National Park route planner .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Grand Canyon National Park in 5.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi, bus, and car. While traveling from Mesa Verde National Park, expect a bit cooler days and about the same nights in Grand Canyon National Park, ranging from highs of 84°F to lows of 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 1st (Thu) so you can go by car to Monument Valley.

Things to do in Grand Canyon National Park

Parks Outdoors Trails
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Bright Angel Trail ©
Bright Angel Trail
Grand Canyon South Rim ©
Grand Canyon South Rim
Rim Trail ©
Rim Trail

4
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. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Monument Valley: Mexican Hat (Muley Point Overlook & Valley of the Gods). There's lots more to do: take in the dramatic natural features at Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park, see the interesting displays at Goulding’s Trading Post Museum., stop by Monument Valley Navajo Market, and cruise along Moki Dugway.

For more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, go to the Monument Valley trip planning tool .

You can drive from Grand Canyon National Park to Monument Valley in 3.5 hours. Traveling from Grand Canyon National Park in August, things will get a bit warmer in Monument Valley: highs are around 87°F and lows about 58°F. On the 5th (Mon), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Monument Valley

Parks Tours Outdoors

Side Trips

Mexican Hat, Moki Dugway
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Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park ©
Photography Tours
Horseback Riding Tours

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