22 days in Montana, Utah & Colorado Itinerary

22 days in Montana, Utah & Colorado Itinerary

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22 days in Montana, Utah & Colorado Itinerary

Start: Christchurch
Fly + Drive:  28​h
1
West Glacier
— 5 nights
Drive:  6​h 45​min
2
West Yellowstone
— 3 nights
Fly + Drive:  9​h 30​min
3
Escalante
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
4
Moab
— 4 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
6
Pagosa Springs
— 2 nights
shuttle + Fly:  29​h
End: Christchurch

5
nights
West Glacier

West Glacier ©
West Glacier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in eastern Flathead County, Montana, United States. Eschew the tourist crowds and head to Avalanche Lake and Hidden Lake. Step out of the city life by going to River Rafting & Tubing and Whitefish Mountain Resort. Explore West Glacier's surroundings by going to Glacier National Park (Highline Trail, Logan Pass, & more) and Conrad Mansion (in Kalispell). The adventure continues: contemplate the waterfront views at Lake McDonald and tour the pleasant surroundings at Trail of the Cedars.

To see other places to visit, traveler tips, more things to do, and other tourist information, read our West Glacier day trip planning website .

Christchurch, New Zealand to West Glacier is an approximately 28-hour combination of flight and car. The time zone difference moving from New Zealand Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is minus 19 hours. When traveling from Christchurch in August, plan for much warmer days and a bit warmer nights in West Glacier: temperatures range from 33°C by day to 10°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 31st (Mon) early enough to drive to West Yellowstone.

Things to do in West Glacier

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trips

Glacier National Park, Whitefish Mountain Resort, Conrad Mansion
Highlights from your plan
Conrad Mansion ©
Conrad Mansion
Grinnell Glacier ©
Grinnell Glacier
Whitefish Mountain Resort ©
Whitefish Mountain Resort

3
nights
West Yellowstone

West Yellowstone ©
The town of West Yellowstone has served as a gateway to Yellowstone National Park since the early 1900s.
Do some cultural sightseeing at Earthquake Lake and The Soldiers Chapel. Step off the beaten path and head to Yellowstone River and Beehive Basin Trail. Venture out of the city with trips to Big Sky (Ousel Falls Trail & Big Sky Resort). The adventure continues: see what you can catch with a fishing tour, trot along with a tour on horseback, and identify plant and animal life at Grizzly and Wolf Discovery Center.

To find reviews, where to stay, photos, and more tourist information, read West Yellowstone day trip site .

Traveling by car from West Glacier to West Yellowstone takes 7 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or do a combination of train, bus, and shuttle. Plan for slightly colder temperatures traveling from West Glacier in August, with highs in West Yellowstone at 28°C and lows at 3°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to travel to Escalante.

Things to do in West Yellowstone

Parks Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Big Sky
Highlights from your plan
Yellowstone River ©
Yellowstone River
Fishing Charters & Tours
Big Sky Resort ©
Big Sky Resort

2
nights
Escalante

Escalante ©
Escalante is a city in Garfield County, Utah, United States located along Utah Scenic Byway 12 (SR-12) in the south central part of the state. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Navajo Loop Trail and Sunset Point. Get in touch with nature at Red Canyon and Rim Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Escalante: Queen's Garden Trail (in Bryce Canyon National Park) and Anasazi State Park Museum (in Boulder). It doesn't end there: admire all the interesting features of Highway 12 Scenic Byway and admire the sheer force of Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area.

For where to stay, ratings, traveler tips, and more tourist information, use the Escalante trip itinerary site .

Traveling by combination of flight and car from West Yellowstone to Escalante takes 9.5 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Prepare for a bit warmer weather when traveling from West Yellowstone in September: high temperatures in Escalante hover around 24°C and lows are around 5°C. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to go by car to Moab.

Things to do in Escalante

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Bryce Canyon National Park, Highway 12 Scenic Byway, Red Canyon, Anasazi State Park Museum
Highlights from your plan
Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area ©
Calf Creek Falls Recreation Area
Navajo Loop Trail ©
Navajo Loop Trail
Anasazi State Park Museum ©
Anasazi State Park Museum

4
nights
Moab

Moab ©
The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Mesa Arch and Corona Arch. Get outdoors at Island in the Sky and Balanced Rock Trail. Change things up with these side-trips from Moab: Arches National Park (Fiery Furnace, Landscape Arch, & more). There's much more to do: trek along Negro Bill Canyon Trail, do some rugged touring at local off-road trails, take in the dramatic natural features at Wilson's Arch, and tour the pleasant surroundings at Hidden Valley Trail.

To see ratings, other places to visit, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Moab trip itinerary website .

You can drive from Escalante to Moab in 5 hours. Plan for somewhat warmer temperatures traveling from Escalante in September, with highs in Moab at 34°C and lows at 15°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Moab

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park
Highlights from your plan
Wilson's Arch ©
Wilson's Arch
Fiery Furnace ©
Fiery Furnace
Corona Arch ©
Corona Arch

2
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.
On the 11th (Fri), explore the ancient world of Long House, contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and then delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House. Here are some ideas for day two: get engrossed in the history at The Anasazi Heritage Center, then hike along Petroglyph Point Hike, and then delve into the distant past at Far View Sites.

For traveler tips, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park trip website .

Traveling by car from Moab to Mesa Verde National Park takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car and bus. Traveling from Moab in September, plan for slightly colder nights in Mesa Verde National Park, with lows around 8°C. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Pagosa Springs.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Trails Outdoors

Side Trip

The Anasazi Heritage Center
Highlights from your plan
Long House ©
Long House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

2
nights
Pagosa Springs

Pagosa Springs is a municipality that is the county seat of, and the only incorporated municipality in, Archuleta County, Colorado, United States. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sun): witness a stunning natural landmark at The Springs Resort & Spa, relax and float downstream with a rafting and tubing tour, and then take in the dramatic scenery at Treasure Falls. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Chimney Rock National Monument, then hike along Piedra River Trail, and then identify plant and animal life at Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park.

To find ratings, photos, where to stay, and tourist information, read our Pagosa Springs day trip app .

Getting from Mesa Verde National Park to Pagosa Springs by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: do a combination of car and shuttle; or do a combination of bus and shuttle. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in September, you will find days in Pagosa Springs are slightly colder (26°C), and nights are about the same (7°C). Finish up your sightseeing early on the 14th (Mon) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Pagosa Springs

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
River Rafting & Tubing
Piedra River Trail ©
Piedra River Trail
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park ©
Rocky Mountain Wildlife Park

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