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    Default Co, Ut, Nm

    Our Trip: Royal Gorge (CO), Black Canyon-Gunnison, Arches N.P. (canyonlands-not enough time), 4 corners, Chaco Canyon (NM), Bandelier (NM), Santa Fe and Taos.

    Just don't want to miss anything. Anyone have any input? Any neat stops, restaurants, sites - anything.

    Also, I'm a video producer (in Kansas City, MO) and will eventually post some video online for all to see. Would love to do some interviews along the way too...

    I'm traveling w/ my wife, 1 yr old son and 2 shih tzus - wish us luck!

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Western/Central Massachusetts

    Default Welcome!

    Welcome to the RoadTrip America Forum!

    One thing you didn't mention is how much time you actually have to spend on this trip. With one week, I'd say even what you have may be pushing it, with two weeks, probably more feasible. Are you going to be driving out from your MO home (most likely with pets along, but still have to ask)?

  3. #3
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Green County, Wisconsin

    Default My opinion

    I've said this before, and I'm sure others would disagree, but I found Royal Gorge to be a Royal ripoff. While there is certainly beauty involved with it, the rediculous high price ($20 per person) and cheesy county fair type atmosphere pretty much took away any enjoyment I might have had from the area.

    I would recommend Sand Dunes NP if you can fit it into your trip, and Mesa Verde and the Million Dollar Highway would all be in the area around your trip and worth fitting in, if you have the time.

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    Yeah, we'll just be kind of passing through or over Royal Gorge. Found a cool art fair going on in Crested Butte on 8/4. May skip Utah all together (only because of our dogs - unless we put them in a kennel in Moab) If so, we'll head south from Montrose on 550 through Durango on south to Chaco Canyon NM. Looks like that is the Million Dollar Hwy - thanks for that info!

    Mesa Verde and Sand Dunes NP are incredible (there in '04) - will do again when our boy is older. I'll do more research the Million Dollar Hwy - Thanks!

  5. #5
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Albuquerque, New Mexico

    Default A few suggestions for you

    If you head down to Durango, you could take a ride on the Durango & Silverton railway.

    We’re getting into our rainy season here, so it would probably be a good idea to make sure the road is OK before you head for Chaco Canyon.

    Santa Fe – Lots of museums, St. Francis Cathedral and the Loretto Chapel, Palace of the Governors, El Rancho de las Golondrinas, Bobcat Bite.

    If you have time, the High Road to Taos is a nice drive.

    Taos – Taos Pueblo, Kit Carson House, Michael’s Kitchen, Orlando’s Cafe (supposed to be very good.)


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