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  1. Default Ambitious Road trip - Southwest + Wyoming

    We are planning a road trip starting from Albuquerque, New Mexico in late April. We want to mostly go through scenic drives and go to National Parks/Monuments. States that we want to see are:

    North/Northwest New Mexico
    Northeast Arizona
    Utah
    Colorado
    Wyoming
    West Idaho
    East South Dakota

    There are so many beautiful places but wanted to get some idea on the parks/monuments that are a must see as we only have 1 month to see all of this.

    Please advice.

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    Default Is this the first or second trip to the area?

    Quote Originally Posted by tripanyplace View Post
    We are planning a road trip starting from Albuquerque, New Mexico in late April.
    did you do the road trip you had planned in early March of this year? If so, where did you go and how will that affect your list from above?
    We want to mostly go through scenic drives and go to National Parks/Monuments.
    Here a good article that discusses the benefits of visiting National Monuments.
    There are so many beautiful places but wanted to get some idea on the parks/monuments that are a must see as we only have 1 month to see all of this.
    It would be a little rushed to see everything in those seven states in a month. You could easily spend a year in each state and still only see a fraction of the cool places to explore.

    But a couple of suggestions:
    North/Northwest New Mexico
    Santa Fe has some of the best western shopping options -- this book is superb if you are interested in western art & fine crafts. I really like the drive from Bandelier National Monument to Chimayo, Truchas, Taos and Eagle Nest Lake. US-64 headed west to the state line crosses the continental divide and is very beautiful.
    Northeast Arizona
    It is hard to be Canyon de Chelly and driving around the byways inside the Navajo & Hopi Nations. If you have ever read Tony Hillerman, you will start recognizing the locations for many of his stories. Monument Valley is another must see.
    Utah
    Utah has some of the most gorgeous natural wonders on earth. Bryce and Zion are only the tips of the iceberg, so to speak -- here is another field report that touches some of them.
    Colorado
    End of April is pretty early for most of the parks in Colorado -- you will need to watch the road conditions reports. But I really love the Million Dollar highway and, of course the high peaks in Rocky Mountain National Park.
    Wyoming; West Idaho
    I don't see how you will have time to spend any time in these states, with the possible exception of the extreme eastern edge of Wyoming.
    East South Dakota
    This one puzzled me -- do you have family near Sioux Falls? Most folks go to the Badlands and Mt. Rushmore in the southwest. Here is an excellent field report from that area.

    Mark

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    This is our first trip, we never went on the trip the last time around. Thank you for the detailed comments.

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