8 days in Cortez, Las Vegas & Moab Itinerary

8 days in Cortez, Las Vegas & Moab Itinerary

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8 days in Cortez, Las Vegas & Moab Itinerary

Start: Farmington
Drive:  1​h 15​min
1
Cortez
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h 45​min
2
Las Vegas
— 1 night
Drive:  7​h
3
Moab
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 45​min
End: Farmington

1
night
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.
On the 18th (Tue), trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail, then explore the ancient world of Spruce Tree House, then delve into the distant past at Far View Sites, and finally steep yourself in history at Cliff Palace. Keep things going the next day: enjoy unforgettable views with a balloon tour and then delve into the distant past at Hovenweep National Monument.

To see reviews, where to stay, more things to do, and tourist information, use the Cortez journey planning tool .

Farmington to Cortez is an approximately 1.5-hour car ride. Traveling from Farmington in June, plan for slightly colder nights in Cortez, with lows around 46°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 19th (Wed) so you can travel to Las Vegas.

Things to do in Cortez

Historic Sites Outdoors Tours

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Balloon Rides
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Hovenweep National Monument ©
Hovenweep National Monument
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

1
night
Las Vegas

Nicknamed the "Entertainment Capital of the World," Las Vegas sits in the middle of a desert in the southern section of Nevada.
Start off your visit on the 20th (Thu): identify plant and animal life at Lake Mead National Recreation Area and then get a taste of the local shopping with The Strip. Here are some ideas for day two: get some thrills out on the water with a waterskiing or jet-skiing adventure.

To find more things to do, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Las Vegas road trip planning site .

Explore your travel options from Cortez to Las Vegas with the Route module. The time zone difference when traveling from Cortez to Las Vegas is minus 1 hour. While traveling from Cortez, expect a bit warmer days and much hotter nights in Las Vegas, ranging from highs of 103°F to lows of 77°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 21st (Fri) to allow time to travel to Moab.

Things to do in Las Vegas

Adventure Outdoors Tours

Side Trip

Lake Mead National Recreation Area
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Waterskiing & Jetskiing
Lake Mead National Recreation Area ©
Lake Mead National Recreation Area
The Strip ©
The Strip

3
nights
Moab

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Take a break from the city and head to Canyoning & Rappelling Tours and Canyonlands National Park. Step off the beaten path and head to Adrenaline & Extreme Tours and Colorado Riverway Recreation Area. On the 24th (Mon), dedicate a day to the elevated beauty of Arches National Park. There's still lots to do: explore the striking landscape at Turret Arch.

For maps, traveler tips, and other tourist information, use the Moab online itinerary planner .

You can do a combination of flight and car from Las Vegas to Moab in 5 hours. Other options are to drive; or fly. The time zone difference moving from Pacific Standard Time to Mountain Standard Time is 1 hour. Traveling from Las Vegas in June, things will get little chillier in Moab: highs are around 95°F and lows about 61°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Moab

Outdoors Nature Parks

Side Trip

Turret Arch
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Adrenaline & Extreme Tours
Canyonlands National Park ©
Canyonlands National Park
Canyoning & Rappelling Tours

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