My sis & I are planning a roadtrip from Dallas, TX to Durango, CO for about 7 days sometime during the last 2 weeks of May. If we have time, we may also drop down into NM for a stop by Roswell. We plan on avoiding Interstates in order to have the real roadtrip experience. We plan on riding the train between Durango & Silverton & possibly visiting Mesa Verde (I know some areas are not open until after Memorial Day).
We are on a bit of a budget so any ideas on affordable but nice places to stay, places to eat, & things to do would be much appreciated. Also, any good photo stops you would like to mention. We don't mind getting "off the beaten path" but we would like to stay on paved roads or at least fairly nice roads, being 2 girls in their twenties, safety is always a concern.