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2020 National Parks Trip – Day 4 Itinerary

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My 2020 National Parks Road Trip Itinerary

As I began to plan my 2020 National Parks Road Trip that I outlined for you a few weeks back, I began to realize how beneficial it might be for me to share the process I use to plan long road trips.  Believe it or not, even though they don’t include air travel or the other complexities associated with fly-and-stay travel, road trips can be surprisingly difficult to plan.  This is especially true during a global pandemic.  That is why I have chosen to share my detailed road trip itinerary and planning process with you in case it might help you in navigating the planning process for your next big road trip.  I have included links to each day’s itinerary plan, as well as the main itinerary article, below to assist you with navigation.

Main Itinerary Article
Day 1 – Driving to Colorado
Day 2 – Visiting Rocky Mountain National Park
Day 3 – Climbing Gray’s Peak
Day 4 – Visit The Great Sand Dunes National Park
Day 5 – Visit Mesa Verde NP and Canyon of the Ancients
Day 6 – Visit Canyonlands National Park
Day 7 – Explore Capitol Reef National Park
Day 8 – Drive to Great Basin National Park
Day 9 – Explore Shoshone Falls and Craters of the Moon
Day 10 – Explore Yellowstone National Park
Day 11 – Visit Little Bighorn and Badlands National Park
Day 12 – Drive Home

Day’s Driving Map

In the morning, we will be driving from our campground near Great Sand Dunes National Park to the Park.  After visiting the park in the afternoon, we will be driving to Durango, CO to spend the night.  On the way to the campground, we will stop at the two western-most sites on the Canyon of the Ancients National Monument itinerary.

Driving to Great Sand Dunes National Park

Summer Parks Trip - Day 3 Campgrounds Map

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Driving to Durango Area to Camp

Summer Parks Trip - Day 4 Driving Map

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Day’s Itinerary

  • Drive to Great Sand Dunes National Park
  • Visit Great Sand Dunes
  • Drive to Durango, CO area to camp
  • Stop and See Chimney Rock National Monument and Great Kiva on the way

What to See

We will be touring the Great Sand Dunes National Park and parts of the Canyon of the Ancients National and Chimney Rock National Monuments on the way to our campground that night.

Top Things to See for Great Sand Dunes National Park

Great Sand Dunes National Park - Top Things to See Map

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Montville Nature Trail
Wellington Ditch Trail
High Dune
Piñon Flats
Dunes Overlook Trail

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Top Things to See for Canyon of the Ancients National Monument

Canyon of the Ancients National Monument - Top Things to See Map

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The Canyons of the Ancients Visitor Center and Museum
Lowry Pueblo
Chimney Rock National Monument
The Great Kiva
Painted Hand Pueblo
Sand Canyon Trail
Sand Canyon Pueblo
Hovenweep National Monument

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Where to Stay

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