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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Santa Fe
— 3 nights
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Taos
— 1 night
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Mesa Verde National Park
— 3 nights
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Santa Fe — 3 nights

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.
Discover out-of-the-way places like Museum of Indian Arts & Culture and Millicent Rogers Museum. Change things up with these side-trips from Santa Fe: Taos (Taos Art Museum, Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, &more), El Santuario de Chimayo (in Chimayo) and Bradbury Science Museum (in Los Alamos). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Loretto Chapel, take in the spiritual surroundings of San Miguel Chapel, appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, and admire the masterpieces at Georgia O'Keeffe Museum.

To find photos, more things to do, maps, and other tourist information, refer to the Santa Fe trip itinerary maker site.

Use the Route module to see travel options from your home to Santa Fe. In May, plan for daily highs up to 73°F, and evening lows to 43°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Fri) early enough to drive to Taos.
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Taos — 1 night

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 7th (Sat): look for gifts at Enchanted Circle Pottery.

To find traveler tips, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Taos online visit planner.

Traveling by car from Santa Fe to Taos takes 1.5 hours. Alternatively, you can take a bus. Prepare for little chillier weather when traveling from Santa Fe in May: high temperatures in Taos hover around 67°F and lows are around 35°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 7th (Sat) to allow enough time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.
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Mesa Verde National Park — 3 nights

Whereas most national parks are primarily devoted to showcasing unique and special landscapes, Mesa Verde National Park focuses on ancient human habitation.
On the 8th (Sun), pause for some photo ops at Four Corners Monument, don't miss a visit to Step House, then take a memorable drive along Ruins Road, and finally make a trip to Park Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: explore the ancient world of Cliff Palace, then explore the ancient world of Balcony House, then get a taste of life in the country at Majestic Dude Ranch, and finally hike along Nordenskiold #16 Trail.

For traveler tips, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Mesa Verde National Park travel route builder app.

Traveling by car from Taos to Mesa Verde National Park takes 6 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus and car. In May in Mesa Verde National Park, expect temperatures between 72°F during the day and 38°F at night. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 10th (Tue) to allow enough time to drive back home.
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