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2020 National Parks Trip – Day 5 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

On the fifth day of our trip, we will be visiting Mesa Verde National Park and then seeing the remainder of the Canyon of the Ancients National Monument.  As soon as we are done exploring these areas, we will make the short drive north to Moab, Utah.

Driving Within Mesa Verde and Canyon of the Ancients Area

Summer Parks Trip - Day 5 Driving Map 1

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Driving to Moab to Camp

Summer Parks Trip - Day 5 Driving Map 2

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Day’s Itinerary

  • Visit Mesa Verda National Park
  • Visit Canyon of the Ancients National Monument
  • Drive to Moab, Utah for the night

What to See

There are two separate attractions that we will be seeing on this day.  The first is Mesa Verde National Park and the second is Canyon of the Ancients National Monuments.  I have included the Top Things to See Maps and Park Map PDF links for each below.

Top Things to See for Mesa Verde National Park

Mesa Verde National Park - Top Things to See Map

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Mancos Valley Overlook
Point Lookout
Montezuma Valley Overlook
Park Point Overlook
Geologic Overlook
Window to the Past
Far View Area (Cafe)
McElmo Canyons View
Rock Canyons Tower View
Step House (Self-Guiding)
Long House (Tour Required)
Nordenskiöld Site #16
Kodak House Vista
Navajo Canyon View
Balcony House (Tour Required)
Cliff Palace Overlook (Tour Required)
Sun Temple
Pit House

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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

Summer Parks Trip - Day 5 Campgrounds Map 1

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