4 days in Mesa Verde National Park, Durango & Colorado Springs Itinerary

4 days in Mesa Verde National Park, Durango & Colorado Springs Itinerary

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4 days in Mesa Verde National Park, Durango & Colorado Springs Itinerary

New York City
bus + Fly + taxi:  9​h 45​min
Mesa Verde National Park
— 1 night
Drive:  2​h
Durango
— 1 night
Fly:  4​h 15​min
Colorado Springs
— 1 night
Fly + bus:  8​h
New York City

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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 (Thu): examine the collection at Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum.

For where to stay, other places to visit, traveler tips, and tourist information, read Mesa Verde National Park trip planner.

New York City to Mesa Verde National Park is an approximately 10-hour combination of bus, flight, and taxi. You can also do a combination of bus, flight, and car; or drive. The time zone difference moving from Eastern Standard Time (EST) to Mountain Standard Time (MST) is minus 2 hours. Expect little chillier evenings in Mesa Verde National Park when traveling from New York City in May, with lows around 38°F. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Durango.

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Long House ©
Long House
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum ©
Chapin Mesa Archeological Museum

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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.
Start off your visit on the 19th (Sat): stroll through Animas River Trail.

To find other places to visit, ratings, and tourist information, you can read our Durango route planning app .

Traveling by car from Mesa Verde National Park to Durango takes 2 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of taxi and shuttle. In May, daily temperatures in Durango can reach 71°F, while at night they dip to 37°F. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 19th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Colorado Springs.

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Colorado Springs

Colorado Springs ©
National Landmark red cliffs and the even more striking Pikes Peak mountain attracts tourism to Colorado Springs.
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Fly from Durango to Colorado Springs in 4.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of flight and shuttle; or drive. Traveling from Durango in May, plan for a bit warmer nights in Colorado Springs, with lows around 43°F. On the 20th (Sun), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel back home.

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Garden of the Gods ©
Garden of the Gods

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