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  1. Default Denver to Las Vegas - via Ouray and Monument Valley

    Hi all,

    I'm going on a road trip next week and our planned route is - Denver - Ouray / Telluride - Monument Valley - Las Vegas. We plan to go via Grand Canyon National Park on the last leg.

    Has anyone done this trip and can recommend places to see / things to do?

    thanks in advance

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    Welcome aboard the RoadTrip America Forums!

    Elevated terrain can make for some incredibly scenic driving, but it can also pose problems and slow you down. Certainly the drive you are about to undertake will take you through some of the most stunning areas of the United States. A couple of quick suggestions: Instead of joining the troglodyte traffic through the Eisenhower Tunnel on I-70, take the opportunity to use US-6 over Loveland Pass instead, and if you have time, do a little hiking in the Colorado National Monument outside Grand Junction before heading south on the Million Dollar Highway.

    Getting from Ouray to Telluride, however, is one of those cases where mountains are more of a hindrance. If you really plan to visit both communities, you’ll have to backtrack out of Ouray north to Ridgway and circle around the intervening mountains on CO-62/CO-145 to Telluride before continuing south on CO-145 to Cortez, where you should also consider a short side trip to Mesa Verde National Park.

    Note that Monument Valley is actually on the Navajo Reservation and is a Tribal Park rather than a National Park. And that the Four Corners Monument, which was recently renovated, is a Tribal Park as well. Finally, between the Grand Canyon and Las Vegas, if you’re of a mind for some off-the-main-highway driving, the longest remaining stretch of the road formerly known as US-66 is in northwestern Arizona between Seligman and Kingman, going through Peach Srings.

    AZBuck

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    Another option apart form Bucks great suggestions would be to head south from I70 shortly after Loveland Pass/Dillon and head through historic Leadville [Highest town in the USA] to Poncha Springs and US50. This will take you over the continental divide at Monarch Pass, through Currecanti National Recreation area and past Black canyon of the Gunnison NP where you could do a little sight seeing. As Buck mentioned the mountains between Ouray and Telluride would mean quite a detour, or you could just continue south on the spectacular 'Million dollar Highway' [US550] and enjoy the mountain town of Silverton.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Southwest Dave View Post
    Another option apart form Bucks great suggestions would be to head south from I70 shortly after Loveland Pass/Dillon and head through historic Leadville [Highest town in the USA] to Poncha Springs and US50. This will take you over the continental divide at Monarch Pass, through Currecanti National Recreation area and past Black canyon of the Gunnison NP where you could do a little sight seeing. As Buck mentioned the mountains between Ouray and Telluride would mean quite a detour, or you could just continue south on the spectacular 'Million dollar Highway' [US550] and enjoy the mountain town of Silverton.
    thanks for the tips guys!

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