Southwestern United States

Home to vast canyons, gorgeous river gorges, snow-capped mountains, and so many other ecosystems, the Southwestern United States is much more than what we see in cowboy movies. From its savory food to its unique landscapes, the Southwestern United States is sure to be on everyone's bucket list.

1 month road trip in the Southwestern United States

Like any other itinerary on this website, the itinerary listed below is intended to serve as guidance for creating your own journey. This itinerary is a model of what I personally did; however, your choices and situations may differ from mine. Thus, this itinerary serves simply as an outline for your time in the Southwestern United States. You may choose to stay longer/shorter in some areas and even add others too. The possibilities are endless! For further information on each city/town listed below, click on its picture to learn about how to get there, what to do there, and other information.

 

Important Note: I strongly recommend following this itinerary because this is the exact one I did in the summer of 2019 and it worked out perfectly. I personally believe this is the best way to see the southwest. The map on the left (desktop) or bottom (mobile) is a map of the places to spend the nights at and the other map includes all the cities and places that will be visited. 

Itinerary Note:

The itinerary listed below has the places you will arrive and leave each day as well as the places you will visit along the way in parentheses. For a more in-depth view on each place go to the additional place section located underneath the itinerary.

Day 1: Denver (Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge)
Day 2: Denver  to Colorado Springs (Garden of the Gods/Pikes Peak) 
Day 3: Colorado Springs to Alamosa (Cañon City)
Day 4: Alamosa (Great Sand Dunes National Park)
Day 5: Alamosa to Antonito 
Day 6: Antonito to Albuquerque (Rio Grande Gorge Bridge/Taos Pueblo/Santa Fe)
Day 7Albuquerque (Sandia Peak)
Day 8: Albuquerque to Chambers (Petrified Forest)
Day 9: Chambers to Winslow (Little Painted Desert Park)
Day 10: Winslow to Sedona (Sedona Airport Lookout/Red Rock Crossing)
Day 11: Sedona (South Rim Grand Canyon)
Day 12: Sedona to Las Vegas (Hoover Dam)
Day 13: Las Vegas (Strip/Stratosphere)
Day 14: Las Vegas (Death Valley)
Day 15: Las Vegas (Strip)
Day 16: Las Vegas to Cedar City 
Day 17: Cedar City to Kanab (Dixie National Forest/Bryce Canyon National Park)
Day 18: Kanab (Zion National Park)
Day 19: Kanab (North Rim Grand Canyon)
Day 20: Kanab to Cortez (Horseshoe Bend/Forrest Gump Point/Four Corners)
Day 21: Cortez (Canyons of the Ancients/Hovenweep National Monument)
Day 22: Cortez (Mesa Verde National Park)
Day 23: Cortez to Grand Junction (Durango/San Juan National Forest/Telluride)
Day 24: Grand Junction(Arches National Park)
Day 25: Grand Junction (Colorado National Monument)
Day 26: Grand Junction to Silt
Day 27: Silt (Vail)
Day 28: Silt to Leadville (Aspen/Independence Pass)
Day 29: Leadville to Denver (Red Rock Amphitheater)
Day 30: Denver (Cheyenne)
Day 31: ​Denver

Additional Information

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Arizona

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Colorado

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New Mexico

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Wyoming