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 Bradbury Science Museum and San Miguel Chapel. Explore Santa Fe's surroundings by going to San Francisco de Assisi Mission Church (in Ranchos De Taos), Taos (Taos Art Museum, Millicent Rogers Museum, & more) and El Santuario de Chimayo (in Chimayo). The adventure continues: contemplate in the serene atmosphere at Loretto Chapel, appreciate the extensive heritage of Canyon Road, take in the architecture and atmosphere at The Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, and see the interesting displays at Museum of Indian Arts & Culture.

To find photos, reviews, maps, and tourist information, use the Santa Fe day trip app .

Use the Route module to find travel options from your starting location to Santa Fe. October in Santa Fe sees daily highs of 69°F and lows of 41°F at night. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) so you can go by car to Taos.

Things to do in Santa Fe

Historic Sites Museums Outdoors

Side Trips

Taos, Bradbury Science Museum, El Santuario de Chimayo
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Loretto Chapel ©
Loretto Chapel
Millicent Rogers Museum ©
Millicent Rogers 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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): look for gifts at Enchanted Circle Pottery.

To find where to stay, reviews, more things to do, and tourist information, you can read our Taos tour planning website .

You can drive from Santa Fe to Taos in 1.5 hours. Another option is to take a bus. Traveling from Santa Fe in October, you can expect nighttime temperatures to be slightly colder in Taos, with lows of 33°F. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Mesa Verde National Park.

Things to do in Taos

Museums Shopping
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Enchanted Circle Pottery ©
Enchanted Circle Pottery

3
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.
On the 20th (Sun), pause for some photo ops at Four Corners Monument, then make a trip to Step House, then cruise along Ruins Road, and finally don't miss a visit to Park Point. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 21st (Mon): delve into the distant past at Cliff Palace, 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.

To find reviews, photos, maps, and tourist information, you can read our Mesa Verde National Park online holiday builder .

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. In October, daytime highs in Mesa Verde National Park are 69°F, while nighttime lows are 34°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 22nd (Tue) 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
Majestic Dude Ranch ©
Majestic Dude Ranch

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