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  1. Default Las Vegas to Albuquerque, NM (7 days)


    I'd like to plan a trip from Las Vegas to Albuquerque with a rental car for 7 days. This trip will go through AZ, Utah, CO, and NM. I did a random sketch on Google maps, but am very interested in what others have to say about routes to take and sights to see. Here's my rough sketch on Google with no particular sights in mind:
    [MAPS],+NV&daddr=AZ-64+E%2FUS-180+W+to:UT-12+E+to:37.978845,-110.423584+to:US-160+E+to:Lowell+Blvd&geocode=FdYQJwIdMJoi-SnRffWkgre-gDGjebPV5tXMOg%3BFVSOJQIdBi1R-Q%3BFQxcQAIdOuxY-Q%3B%3BFdQUOAIdJF6T-Q%3BFZSbXwId6Ey9-Q&hl=en&mra=dpe&mrcr=1&mrsp=3&sz=7&via=1,3,4&sll=3 9.104489,-109.061279&sspn=6.938197,7.712402&ie=UTF8&ll=39.42 9829,-106.037292&spn=2.990978,4.938354&t=h&z=8[/MAPS]
    I did a small road trip from Vegas to Oatman to see the burros a few years back, and would love to have this roadtrip be filled with small, odd sights like that. This is what I'm looking for:
    -hiking areas (Bryce Canyon has to fit in here somewhere)
    -odd, interesting sights in AZ, NM, Utah, and CO
    -pieces of Route 66 (any really interesting not-to-be-missed spots, like old motels with huge neon lights and such?)

    Anything else is fair game. I have the car from May 8-14; I might grab it for longer if there's enough to go see/do. Where do you suggest I go and what should I see?

    Last edited by Mark Sedenquist; 02-14-2010 at 11:49 AM. Reason: Added the map

  2. #2
    Join Date
    Mar 2005
    Tucson, AZ

    Default Made for Wandering

    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    The thing about the area you're going to be driving through is that it is almost impossible to find a bad road, so you're really just trying to put as many pearls on your string as possible. For that purpose, I'd propose the following: Take your general route out of Las Vegas and across Hoover Dam to Kingman and then leave town on AZ-66 through Peach Springs to Seligman. This is one of the largest remaining sections of the old US-66 and will give you a feel for what it was like to cross the desert in the 'good' old days. After the Grand Canyon, double back northwest a bit on US-89 through Vermilion Cliffs and the Grand Staircase-Escalante to Mt Carmel and then take UT-9/UT-17 back to I-15 and work your way north by Zion to Cedar City and then turn east (again) through Cedar Breaks and Bryce Canyon on UT-14/US-89/UT-12 to Capitol Reef. Next work your way north on UT-24 up to Green River which puts you in position to visit Arches National Park. You can then continue south on US-191 past Blanding, UT and use UT-262/CO-41 to cut over to US-160, Mesa Verde and Durango before going north on the Million Dollar Highway (US-550) as far Montrose where you can go east through the Black Canyon of the Gunnison on US-50 to Poncha Springs where US-285 will take you the rest of the way into Denver. you could then go to Albuquerque by way of I-25 or you could leave the Interstate at Walsenburg and use 'back roads' such as US-160/CO-159/NM-522 to Taos, NM-518/NM-78/NM-503 to Pojoaque,US-84 to Santa Fe and the Turquoise Highway to Albuquerque. That, while it would take some map reading, would be a great drive.


  3. #3
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    May 2006
    Albuquerque, New Mexico


    Quote Originally Posted by AZBuck
    …or you could leave the Interstate at Walsenburg and use 'back roads' such as US-160/CO-159/NM-522 to Taos, NM-518/NM-76/NM-503 to Pojoaque,US-84 to Santa Fe and the Turquoise Highway to Albuquerque. That, while it would take some map reading, would be a great drive.
    It certainly would!
    (For some odd reason, this map is not displaying the route -- so, in the interim, please look at the next post, or you can click on the above the map to see the custom map Howard has created for you)

    The route Buck describes from Taos to Santa Fe is known as the ”High Road” Scenic Byway, which takes you up through the foothills of the Sangre de Cristos, then connects to US 84. Michael’s Kitchen would be a good place to stop for lunch in Taos. The Turquoise Trail is NM Hwy. 14 south from Santa Fe through Madrid, NM to Cedar Crest, a few miles east of Albuquerque.
    Last edited by Mark Sedenquist; 02-14-2010 at 11:02 AM. Reason: working on the map link

  4. #4
    Join Date
    Jan 1998
    Las Vegas, Nevada

    Default Here's Howard's Custom Map for you:

    (created by Howard -- February 13th, 2010)
    Last edited by Road Wirer; 02-21-2010 at 01:27 PM. Reason: FIXED MAP AGAIN

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