5 days in Mesa Verde National Park & Aspen Itinerary

5 days in Mesa Verde National Park & Aspen Itinerary

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5 days in Mesa Verde National Park & Aspen Itinerary

Start: Mesa Verde National Park
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 30​min
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Aspen
— 2 nights
Drive:  7​h 30​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.
Kick off your visit on the 12th (Tue): make a trip to Park Point, tour the pleasant surroundings at Spruce Canyon Trail, then contemplate the long history of Balcony House, and finally contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: delve into the distant past at Spruce Tree House, trek along Point Lookout Trail, and then stroll through Prater Ridge Trail.

To find more things to do, where to stay, maps, and other tourist information, read our Mesa Verde National Park online road trip planner .

March in Mesa Verde National Park sees daily highs of 59°F and lows of 24°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Wed) to allow time to travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Trails Outdoors Parks
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Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House

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Aspen

Aspen ©
Known as a ski resort town, Aspen's history goes back to its roots as a silver-mining village tucked away in an isolated valley of the Rocky Mountains.
Start off your visit on the 14th (Thu): get your game on at Vail Valley Escape Room and then take in the awesome beauty at Vail Mountain Resort. Keep things going the next day: fly down the slopes at Aspen Snowmass and then admire all the interesting features of The John Denver Sanctuary.

For reviews, ratings, where to stay, and more tourist information, read our Aspen trip tool .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Aspen takes 7.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and flight; or do a combination of taxi, flight, and shuttle. Traveling from Mesa Verde National Park in March, expect nights in Aspen to be about the same, around 21°F, while days are little chillier, around 48°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 16th (Sat) to allow time for the car ride back home.

Things to do in Aspen

Parks Outdoors Winter Sports

Side Trips

Vail Valley Escape Room, Aspen Snowmass, Vail Mountain Resort
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Vail Mountain Resort ©
Vail Mountain Resort
Aspen Snowmass ©
Aspen Snowmass
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail ©
Maroon Lake Scenic Trail

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