We're planning a road trip from California to Glenwood Springs, CO in late August. Since we'll be driving from CA to CO with our bikes on the back of our car, we decided to extend the trip and tour the surrounding CO area and adjacent states, taking in as much as we can. We'll have 2 weeks, with the first 4 days spent driving to Glenwood Springs and staying there for 2 nights.
There is SO much to see and do and it is very difficult to narrow down our choices. We've pretty much settled on the following itinerary. We intend to ride our bikes in as many places as possible depending on the terrain and traffic. We may add southern Wyoming if there's time, but we don't want to spread our time too thin in places where we may want to spend more time.
We're considering not relying too heavily on lodging reservations ahead of time, and waiting until we reach each city before making the reservations for the next one; that will allow some flexibility in our schedule if we decide (at the last minute) to spend the night somewhere. I'm not completely comfortable with that though; I like the idea of knowing we'll have a place to stay when we arrive! However, I like the sense of adventure and spontaneity that brings.
Are we missing any must-see sites between Glenwood Springs and Phoenix (not including them)? Any sites to add to this route that we should not miss? We enjoy historic sites/highways/byways, scenic drives, paved bike paths (low traffic, not too steep or strenuous). Would love to purchase baskets, jewelry, rugs from native artisans in NM.
Beaver UT (1-night stopover on the way to Glenwood Springs)
Glenwood Springs, CO (probably 3 nights; includes a bike ride to Aspen, and another along the Glenwood Canyon Trail)
Vail, CO (drive-though, stop for photos, ride bikes?)
Rocky Mountain National Park, CO (spend the night if we can)
Denver, CO (drive-through)
Colorado Springs (spend a night there, visit sites)
Walsenburg to Trinidad: Drive the "Highway of Legends"
Santa Fe Trail to Taos and Santa Fe: Spend 2-3 nights in Taos
Durango, CO (via Los Alamos, NM; ride the Durango/Silverton train; drive the Million Dollar Highway to Ouray)
Flagstaff, AZ (via Four Corners Monument; just site-see and drive through)
.... then home via Phoenix, AZ (where my brother lives)