8 days in Moab, Durango & Taos Itinerary

8 days in Moab, Durango & Taos Itinerary

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8 days in Moab, Durango & Taos Itinerary

Start: Springfield
Fly + Drive:  6​h 15​min
1
Moab
— 3 nights
Drive:  3​h 30​min
2
Durango
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
3
Taos
— 1 night
shuttle + Fly:  7​h
End: Springfield

3
nights
Moab

The gateway to Utah's popular canyon country, Moab sits engulfed in the middle of desert wilderness.
Get outdoors at Off-Road & ATV Trails and Double Arch. You'll discover tucked-away gems like Negro Bill Canyon Trail and Windows. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Moab: Double Arch (in Arches National Park) and Canyonlands National Park (Island in the Sky & Mesa Arch). The adventure continues: take a memorable drive along La Sal Mountain Loop, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Double Down Bike Shop, and take in breathtaking views at Lions Park.

For maps, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, you can read our Moab trip planner.

Springfield to Moab is an approximately 6.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also fly; or drive. Traveling from Springfield to Moab, you'll gain 1 hour due to the time zone difference. Traveling from Springfield in May, expect little chillier with lows of 49°F in Moab. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 22nd (Wed) early enough to drive to Durango.

Things to do in Moab

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Arches National Park, Canyonlands National Park
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Off-Road & ATV Trails
Double Arch ©
Double Arch
Mesa Arch ©
Mesa Arch

3
nights
Durango

Durango ©
Originally a frontier mining town, Durango is known today for its scenic setting, outdoor activities, and the 1880s steam-powered railway that takes visitors through sections of the mountains where roads don't reach.
Get some historical perspective at Spruce Tree House and Aztec Ruins National Monument. Discover out-of-the-way places like Balcony House and Purgatory Resort. Step out of Durango with an excursion to Cliff Palace in Mesa Verde National Park--about 1h 20 min away. The adventure continues: hike along Animas River Trail, pause for some serene contemplation at St. Columba Catholic Church, and take a pleasant ride with a tour on horseback.

To see reviews, maps, other places to visit, and other tourist information, read our Durango route maker tool .

Traveling by car from Moab to Durango takes 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and taxi. In May, Durango is little chillier than Moab - with highs of 68°F and lows of 35°F. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 25th (Sat) so you can go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Durango

Outdoors Historic Sites Parks

Side Trips

Mesa Verde National Park, Aztec Ruins National Monument
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Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Aztec Ruins National Monument ©
Aztec Ruins National Monument

1
night
Taos

Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Start off your visit on the 26th (Sun): take a tour by water with Boat Tours & Water Sports and then take in the spiritual surroundings of San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church.

To see ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Taos trip planner .

Getting from Durango to Taos by car takes about 5 hours. Other options: take a bus. In May, daily temperatures in Taos can reach 67°F, while at night they dip to 35°F. Cap off your sightseeing on the 26th (Sun) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Taos

Adventure Outdoors Tours
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River Rafting & Tubing

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