I'm planning a three week trip from LA to Denver intending to visit as many National Parks and Monuments as possible without driving for for more than about 250 miles a day (my wife won't sit in a car for too long); and wanting to see the fall colours around Aspen/Independance pass.
Rough itinerary at present is: Joshua Tree, Organ Pipe, Saguaro west, Sedona, Page/Lake Powell, Monument Valley, Moab for Arches etc, Mesa Verde NP, Durango, Montrose for Gunnison, Aspen, Brekenridge then head for Denver airport.
The stretch between 29 Palms and Organ Pipe(Ajo) is a long one, 511Km according to Google. Is there anywhere worth stopping between these two to break up the journey and perhaps take a quick hike? Our current dates are arriving from UK to LA on the 7th Sept and leaving Denver on 27 Sep but this is reasonably flexible.
Hope I'm sending this to the right place and many thanks in advance for any advice.