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    Hi there, we are hoping to do a road trip next September from Denver to San Diego. The plan at the moment is 2 nights in Colorado Springs, 2 nights in Silverton, 2 nights Monument Valley, 2 nights Flagstaff, 1 night stop over Gilla bend before reaching San Diego for 4 nights. While in Silverton we want to spend our day there just wandering around the town, having a few drinks and a bit of shopping. However I am unsure if Durango or Ouray would be a better place to stay and do this? Any thoughts appreciated, many thanks

  2. #2
    Join Date
    May 2003
    Green County, Wisconsin


    Well, you could always stay right in Silverton. There are a handful of motels and inns there.

    Most of what you'll find in Ouray is going to be fairly similar to what you'll find in Silverton.

    Durango is the major city of the region, and will have lots more options for motels, especially in regards to the standard chains, and I suspect prices would be better. Of course, from Durango, you could also take the narrow gauge railroad to Silverton.

    As an aside, I also would recommend you spend a day at Mesa Verde on your way from Durango/Silverton to Monument Valley.

  3. #3
    Join Date
    Jul 2007
    South of England.

    Default Ouray and Durango. [?}

    I'd probably stay one night in Ouray and one in Durango and spend the day enjoying the scenic drive and the wonderful town of Silverton between them. That would also give you a little time to stop along the way from Colorado Springs as you make your way over Monarch Pass and through Currecanti National Rec area and perhaps a quick detour to Black Canyon of the Gunnison. As Michael mentioned, you could spend time at Mesa Verde as 2 full days in Monument valley might be a little much, as wonderful as it is. You will also be close to Four corners monument and although a little tacky, it's a unique opportunity to have your photo taken with a limb in Four States at the same time.

    If you plan on visiting the south rim of the Grand canyon then you can enter through the east kiosk before Flagstaff, or if arriving late in the day there are lodgings nearby at the Cameron Trading post. Even if you don't lodge there it's a nice stop if you want to do a little browsing or shopping, although if you like trinkets/jewelry check out the roadside stalls on the way to the canyon for better value.

    Near Colorado Springs is Garden of the Gods, Cave of the winds and Pikes peak which are all worth a visit.

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