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What is drive time from Moab to Mesa Verde National Park?

by swdke Online Now Dec 31, 2009 at 6:28 AM

What is drive time from Moab to Mesa Verde National Park? I've checked various online map web sites, but each gives a different answer. Thanks.

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    Re: What is drive time from Moab to Mesa Verde National Park?

    by bocmaxima Online Now Dec 31, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    The park gate is right off of the highway, but the park facilities are something like 30 miles in. That may be the cause of the discrepancy.
    It should take about 3 hours from Moab to the park facilities.

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    Re: What is drive time from Moab to Mesa Verde National Park?

    by goodfish Online Now Jan 1, 2010 at 4:57 AM

    Here's a distance chart from the NPS that might be helpful:

    nps.gov/meve/planyourvisit/s...

    As the previous poster mentioned, it's a long, slow drive up into the park from the entrance - I believe it took us an hour or so for those 30 miles. There are some amazing overlooks along the way so you'll be eating up some time doing those too.

    I remembered the drive from Mesa Verde as being longer BUT we did a couple days at Canyon de Chelly and Monument Valley along the way so our route took us farther south of Mesa Verde than yours will.

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    Re: What is drive time from Moab to Mesa Verde National Park?

    by goodfish Online Now Jan 1, 2010 at 5:22 AM

    Just a quick note? Don't miss Canyonlands National Park if you're in the Moab area!! It's a bit of a drive out but well worth it. We actually enjoyed it more than Arches as it was blessedly uncrowded and the scenery is just amazing. Not sure what time of year you're going to do this trip but Arches, while fascinating, is a relatively small park, very heavily visited and brutally hot in summer.

    We'll definitely do some more hiking there someday but the crush of people, when we were there, got the best of us so we fled to Canyonlands for a little sanity (and it was a little cooler). :)

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