2 days in Mesa Verde National Park & Grand Junction Itinerary

2 days in Mesa Verde National Park & Grand Junction Itinerary

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2 days in Mesa Verde National Park & Grand Junction Itinerary

Start: Mesa Verde National Park
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 day
Drive:  5​h 15​min
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Grand Junction
— 1 night
Drive:  5​h 15​min
End: Mesa Verde National Park

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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.
On the 21st (Sat), explore the ancient world of Long House, trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, then steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and finally delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park day trip planner .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Mesa Verde National Park. September in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 80°F and lows of 45°F at night. Finish your sightseeing early on the 21st (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Grand Junction.

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Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
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Balcony House

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Grand Junction

Grand Junction ©
The city of Grand Junction is the home rule municipality that is the county seat and the most populous municipality of Mesa County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 22nd (Sun): wander the streets of Downtown Grand Junction and then take in the awesome beauty at Grand Mesa.

To find photos, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Grand Junction trip maker .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Grand Junction in 5.5 hours. Another option is to do a combination of taxi and bus. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, expect somewhat warmer with lows of 54°F in Grand Junction. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Sun) so you can drive back home.

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Grand Mesa ©
Grand Mesa

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