5 days in Telluride & Mesa Verde National Park Itinerary

5 days in Telluride & Mesa Verde National Park Itinerary

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5 days in Telluride & Mesa Verde National Park Itinerary

Start: Salt Lake City
Fly:  5​h 30​min
1
Telluride
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 30​min
2
Mesa Verde National Park
— 2 nights
taxi + Fly:  6​h 30​min
End: Salt Lake City

2
nights
Telluride

Telluride ©
The town of Telluride is the county seat and most populous town of San Miguel County in the southwestern portion of the U.S. On the 31st (Wed), look for gifts at Telluride Truffle. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 1st (Thu): make a trip to New Sheridan Hotel, examine the collection at Ouray Alchemist Museum, then take in the dramatic scenery at Bear Creek Falls, and finally walk around Box Canyon Waterfall & Park.

To see ratings, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, go to the Telluride trip itinerary maker app .

Salt Lake City to Telluride is an approximately 5.5-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and bus; or drive. While traveling from Salt Lake City, expect colder days and a bit cooler nights in Telluride, ranging from highs of 74°F to lows of 52°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Fri) so you can go by car to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Telluride

Parks Outdoors Trails

Side Trip

Ouray
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Box Canyon Waterfall & Park ©
Box Canyon Waterfall & Park
Bear Creek Falls ©
Bear Creek Falls
Ouray Alchemist Museum ©
Ouray Alchemist Museum

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 3rd (Sat), don't miss a visit to Park Point, then delve into the distant past at Long House, then delve into the distant past at Balcony House, and finally explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace. Keep things going the next day: pause for some photo ops at Four Corners Monument, steep yourself in history at Petroglyph Point Hike, and then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House.

For where to stay, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, go to the Mesa Verde National Park journey planner .

Traveling by car from Telluride to Mesa Verde National Park takes 2.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. When traveling from Telluride in August, plan for somewhat warmer days and about the same nights in Mesa Verde National Park: temperatures range from 86°F by day to 53°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 4th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Four Corners Monument
Highlights from your plan
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Long House ©
Long House

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