5 days in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve & Mesa Verde National Park Itinerary

5 days in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve & Mesa Verde National Park Itinerary

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5 days in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve & Mesa Verde National Park Itinerary

Start: Fort Collins
Drive:  6​h
1
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve
— 2 nights
Drive:  5​h
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
+2
shuttle + Fly + bus:  9​h 30​min
End: Fort Collins

2
nights
Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve ©
Spend the 5th (Fri) exploring the stark beauty of Great Sand Dunes National Park.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, read our Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve trip itinerary planning tool .

Denver to Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve is an approximately 4.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Denver in April, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be a bit cooler in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve, with lows of 25°F. You will leave for Mesa Verde National Park on the 6th (Sat).

Things to do in Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve

Parks Nature

Side Trip

Great Sand Dunes National Park
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Great Sand Dunes National Park ©
Great Sand Dunes National Park

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.
Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Hovenweep National Monument as well as Four Corners Monument. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Sun): explore the ancient world of Hovenweep National Monument and then pause for some photo ops at Four Corners Monument.

Take the guesswork out of planning a Mesa Verde National Park vacation by using our trip itinerary maker.

Use the Route module to find suitable travel options from Great Sand Dunes National Park & Preserve to Mesa Verde National Park. Expect a daytime high around 65°F in April, and nighttime lows around 29°F. On the 8th (Mon), you're off tohome.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Parks Nature Historic Sites

Side Trips

Four Corners Monument, Hovenweep National Monument
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Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument
Four Corners Monument ©
Four Corners Monument

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