23 days in United States Itinerary

23 days in United States Itinerary

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23 days in United States Itinerary

Start: Walsenburg
Drive:  1​h 45​min
1
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 1 day
Drive:  4​h
2
Durango
— 2 nights
bus + taxi:  1​h 30​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
Drive:  45​min
4
Cortez
— 2 nights
Drive:  4​h 15​min
5
Capitol Reef National Park
— 5 nights
Drive:  4​h
6
Blanding
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 45​min
7
Canyonlands National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
8
Moab
— 4 nights
+2
Drive + Fly + bus:  9​h 45​min
End: New York City

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Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
On the 15th (Sat), admire nature's extreme beauty at High Dune Trail.

To see reviews, more things to do, photos, and other tourist information, read our Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip planner .

Walsenburg to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is an approximately 2-hour car ride. Traveling from Walsenburg in June, expect nights in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to be about the same, around 42°F, while days are a bit warmer, around 83°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 15th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Durango.

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Nature Parks Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
High Dune Trail ©
High Dune Trail

2
nights
Durango

Durango ©
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Start off your visit on the 16th (Sun): enjoy some diversion at Durango Community Recreation Center, then grab your bike and head to The Colorado Trail, and then examine the collection at Durango Fish Hatchery and Wildlife Museum. Keep things going the next day: hike along Animas Mountain Trail, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St. Columba Catholic Church, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Rim Trail/ Campus Loop.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, go to the Durango online trip maker .

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Durango. In June, plan for daily highs up to 85°F, and evening lows to 44°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 17th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Durango

Parks Outdoors Trails
Highlights from your plan
The Colorado Trail ©
The Colorado Trail
St. Columba Catholic Church ©
St. Columba Catholic Church
Durango Community Recreation Center ©

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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.
Start off your visit on the 18th (Tue): admire all the interesting features of Ruins Road, then make a trip to Park Point, and then delve into the distant past at Far View Sites. On the 19th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: don't miss a visit to Step House, stroll through Nordenskiold #16 Trail, and then admire all the interesting features of Petroglyph Point Hike.

To find reviews, other places to visit, photos, and other tourist information, use the Mesa Verde National Park online trip builder .

Traveling by car from Durango to Mesa Verde National Park takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle and taxi. In June, daytime highs in Mesa Verde National Park are 89°F, while nighttime lows are 46°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Cortez.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Outdoors Historic Sites Scenic Drive
Highlights from your plan
Park Point ©
Park Point
Step House ©
Step House

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Cortez

Cortez ©
As the closest town to a national park known for its archeological dwellings, Cortez sits along ancient trails that native Puebloan tribes have used for millennia.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Four Corners Monument. Kick off your visit on the 20th (Thu): appreciate the history behind Four Corners Monument, learn about winemaking at Guy Drew Winery, then gain insight at Cortez Cultural Center, and finally delve into the distant past at Towac Visitor Center. Here are some ideas for day two: take in the exciting artwork at Artisans of Mancos, then examine the collection at Rio Grande Southern Railroad Museum., then admire the masterpieces at Notah Dineh Trading Company and Museum, and finally explore the striking landscape at Echo Park/Sand Canyon Trail.

For traveler tips, ratings, more things to do, and more tourist information, you can read our Cortez trip planning tool .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Cortez takes an hour. In June, daily temperatures in Cortez can reach 89°F, while at night they dip to 46°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Capitol Reef National Park.

Things to do in Cortez

Parks Museums Nature

Side Trips

Towac Visitor Center, Artisans of Mancos, Echo Park/Sand Canyon Trail, Four Corners Monument, Rio Grande Southern Railroad Museum.
Highlights from your plan
Towac Visitor Center ©
Towac Visitor Center
Cortez Cultural Center ©
Cortez Cultural Center

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nights
Capitol Reef National Park

Capitol Reef National Park ©
Capitol Reef National Park takes its name from a particularly rugged and scenic section of the Waterpocket Fold, a geologic "wrinkle" stretching for 160 km (100 mi) along a dry plateau surrounded by white Navajo sandstone cliffs and domes, and red canyons, buttes, and rock bridges.
You'll explore the less-touristy side of things at Navajo Knobs Trail and Cathedral Valley Loop. Get in touch with nature at Capitol Reef National Park and Chimney Rock Trail. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Capitol Reef National Park: Factory Butte (in Caineville) and The Wolverton Mill (in Hanksville). Next up on the itinerary: get outside with Notom Road Scenic Backway, explore the striking landscape at Water Pocket Fold, steep yourself in history at Pioneer Register, and don't miss a visit to Fruita Schoolhouse.

To find ratings, other places to visit, maps, and other tourist information, go to the Capitol Reef National Park online road trip planner .

You can drive from Cortez to Capitol Reef National Park in 4.5 hours. Traveling from Cortez in June, things will get slightly colder in Capitol Reef National Park: highs are around 79°F and lows about 40°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Thu) to allow time to drive to Blanding.

Things to do in Capitol Reef National Park

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

The Wolverton Mill, Factory Butte
Highlights from your plan
Water Pocket Fold ©
Water Pocket Fold
Capitol Reef National Park ©
Capitol Reef National Park
Pioneer Register ©
Pioneer Register

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Blanding

Blanding ©
Blanding is a city in San Juan County, Utah, United States. Your inner history buff will appreciate Pioneer Cemetery and Mule Canyon Ruins. Escape the urban bustle at The Edge of the Cedars State Park and Comb Ridge. Take a break from Blanding with a short trip to Sand Island Campground in Bluff, about 34 minutes away. The adventure continues: tee off at The Hideout Golf Club, examine the collection at The Dinosaur Museum, and get curious at Canyon Country Discovery Center.

For more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Blanding trip itinerary planning app .

Traveling by car from Capitol Reef National Park to Blanding takes 4 hours. In June, Blanding is somewhat warmer than Capitol Reef National Park - with highs of 87°F and lows of 54°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 29th (Sat) so you can go by car to Canyonlands National Park.

Things to do in Blanding

Nature Parks Museums

Side Trips

Bluff, Monticello
Highlights from your plan
Comb Ridge ©
Comb Ridge
The Edge of the Cedars State Park ©
The Edge of the Cedars State Park
The Hideout Golf Club ©
The Hideout Golf Club

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Canyonlands National Park

Canyonlands National Park ©
Canyonlands National Park features myriad canyons and buttes that the Colorado River, Green River, and their tributaries have carved over millions of years in hues of red and orange.
Visiting White Rim Road and Shafer Canyon Overlook will get you outdoors. Explore hidden gems such as Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Monument Basin. It doesn't end there: trek along White Rim Trail and explore the stunning scenery at Orange Cliffs Overlook.

To see ratings, reviews, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Canyonlands National Park driving holiday site .

Traveling by car from Blanding to Canyonlands National Park takes 3 hours. Traveling from Blanding in June, expect Canyonlands National Park to be a bit warmer, temps between 95°F and 61°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) early enough to drive to Moab.

Things to do in Canyonlands National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors

Side Trip

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area
Highlights from your plan
Shafer Canyon Overlook ©
Shafer Canyon Overlook
Orange Cliffs Overlook ©
Orange Cliffs Overlook

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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 Castle Valley and Double O Arch. Step out of the city life by going to Park Avenue Trail and Gemini Bridges. Change things up with these side-trips from Moab: Arches National Park (Sand Dune Arch & Double Arch). There's still lots to do: grab your bike and head to Slickrock Bike Trail, admire all the interesting features of Colorado Riverway Recreation Area, take in the exciting artwork at Tom Till Gallery, and look for gifts at Moab Rock Shop.

To see more things to do, where to stay, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Moab trip itinerary app .

Traveling by car from Canyonlands National Park to Moab takes 1.5 hours. In July in Moab, expect temperatures between 97°F during the day and 67°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sat) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Moab

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trip

Arches National Park
Highlights from your plan
Castle Valley ©
Castle Valley
Slickrock Bike Trail ©
Slickrock Bike Trail
Double O Arch ©
Double O Arch