8 days in Santa Fe, Taos & Mesa Verde National Park Itinerary

8 days in Santa Fe, Taos & Mesa Verde National Park Itinerary

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8 days in Santa Fe, Taos & Mesa Verde National Park Itinerary

Start: Santa Fe
1
Santa Fe
— 3 nights
Drive:  2​h
2
Taos
— 1 night
Drive:  6​h 30​min
3
Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  6​h
End: Santa Fe

3
nights
Santa Fe

Santa Fe ©
Santa Fe continuously ranks among the world's top holiday destinations, attracting visitors with its unusual combination of scenic beauty, rich history, cultural diversity, and high concentration of performing arts venues, fine restaurants, and interesting attractions.
Step off the beaten path and head to Millicent Rogers Museum and San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Fe: El Santuario de Chimayo (in Chimayo), Bradbury Science Museum (in Los Alamos) and Taos (Taos Art Museum, Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, & more). Next up on the itinerary: take in the spiritual surroundings of Loretto Chapel, pause for some serene contemplation at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, wander the streets of Canyon Road, and explore the world behind art at San Miguel Chapel.

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If you are flying in from Argentina, the closest major airport is Albuquerque International Sunport. In June in Santa Fe, expect temperatures between 37°C during the day and 15°C at night. Cap off your sightseeing on the 15th (Sat) early enough to go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Taos, El Santuario de Chimayo, Bradbury Science Museum
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum ©
Georgia O'Keeffe Museum

1
night
Taos

Taos ©
Many residents have shunned fast-paced city living for Taos's laid-back vibe and blend of Spanish, Native American, and Anglo cultures.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Sun): let the river carry you with a rafting and tubing tour and then take in the exciting artwork at Enchanted Circle Pottery.

To find maps, other places to visit, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Taos trip planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Taos takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Expect little chillier temperatures when traveling from Santa Fe in June; daily highs in Taos reach 33°C and lows reach 9°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 16th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Taos

Shopping Museums
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Enchanted Circle Pottery ©
Enchanted Circle Pottery

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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.
Kick off your visit on the 17th (Mon): pause for some photo ops at Four Corners Monument, make a trip to Step House, then cruise along Ruins Road, and finally make a trip to Park Point. Keep things going the next day: contemplate the long history of Cliff Palace, explore the ancient world of Balcony House, then explore and take pictures at Majestic Dude Ranch, and finally trek along Nordenskiold #16 Trail.

To see maps, where to stay, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park visit planner .

Traveling by car from Taos to Mesa Verde National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of shuttle, flight, and taxi. Traveling from Taos in June, expect nights in Mesa Verde National Park to be about the same, around 9°C, while days are somewhat warmer, around 37°C. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Wed) to allow enough time to drive back home.

Things to do in Mesa Verde National Park

Historic Sites Outdoors Scenic Drive

Side Trips

Majestic Dude Ranch, Four Corners Monument
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Balcony House ©
Balcony House
Spruce Tree House ©
Spruce Tree House
Cliff Palace ©
Cliff Palace

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