8 days in Mesa Verde National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park & Denver Itinerary

8 days in Mesa Verde National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park & Denver Itinerary

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8 days in Mesa Verde National Park, Rocky Mountain National Park & Denver Itinerary

Start: New York City
+2
foot + Fly + taxi:  9​h 45​min
1
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  9​h 45​min
2
Rocky Mountain National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Denver
— 4 nights
Fly:  6​h 45​min
End: New York City

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night
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 20th (Wed): delve into the distant past at Long House, steep yourself in history at Balcony House, and then explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace.

To find where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park online travel route planner .

New York City to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 10-hour combination of flight and taxi. You can also do a combination of flight and taxi; or drive. You'll gain 2 hours traveling from New York City to Mesa Verde National Park due to the time zone difference. Expect little chillier evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from New York City in May, with lows around 38°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 20th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Rocky Mountain National Park.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites
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Long House ©
Long House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace
Balcony House ©
Balcony House

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park ©
Rocky Mountain National Park presents an ideal setting for recreation in the mountain range for which the park is named.
Start off your visit on the 21st (Thu): take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback and then take a memorable drive along Trail Ridge Road. Keep things going the next day: take in the exciting artwork at Images of Rocky Mountain National Park, then indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, then get interesting insight from Tours, and finally take a memorable drive along Peak to Peak Scenic Byway.

For reviews, more things to do, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read Rocky Mountain National Park online travel planner .

You can drive from Mesa Verde National Park to Rocky Mountain National Park in 10 hours. Other options are to do a combination of taxi, flight, bus, and car; or do a combination of bus and car. In May, plan for daily highs up to 70°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 22nd (Fri) so you can drive to Denver.

Things to do in Rocky Mountain National Park

Outdoors Tours Scenic Drive

Side Trip

Estes Park
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Trail Ridge Road ©
Trail Ridge Road
Off-Road Tours
Horseback Riding Tours

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nights
Denver

Denver ©
Aptly nicknamed the "Mile-High City," Denver sits at an altitude of 1,600 m (5,280 ft) above sea level, located right where the Great Plains give way to the Rocky Mountains.
Explore Denver's surroundings by going to Cave of the Winds Mountain Park (in Manitou Springs), Garden of the Gods (in Colorado Springs) and River Rafting & Tubing (in Idaho Springs). There's still lots to do: get a new perspective on nature at Denver Museum of Nature & Science, learn about wildlife with up-close encounters at Denver Zoo, take in the awesome beauty at Mount Evans, and see the interesting displays at Kirkland Museum of Fine & Decorative Art.

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Traveling by car from Rocky Mountain National Park to Denver takes 2 hours. In May in Denver, expect temperatures between 66°F during the day and 43°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 26th (Tue) to allow enough time to travel back home.

Things to do in Denver

Parks Theme Parks Museums

Side Trips

Cave of the Winds Mountain Park, The Colorado Freedom Memorial, Garden of the Gods, River Rafting & Tubing
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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park ©
Cave of the Winds Mountain Park
Denver Museum of Nature & Science ©
Denver Museum of Nature & Science

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