Fiancee and I have decided to do an 11 day trip in a camper van this coming February. Long story short we're flying into Denver and back out of Vegas with a stop in between to get married in Colorado Springs. I'm a photographer & she's never been out west so I'm trying to give her the "grand exposure" experience to as much of the landscape as possible in the time we have. It's going to be a bit tight but we're going to make it work.
The only stretch I'm unsure about is the first day, from Colorado Springs to Moab. Planning to leave early 6am or so and take the south route through Gunnison & Grand Junction, then down SR 128 into Moab in time to do a sunset hike at Arches. I figure it'll take us 10 hours or so with the occasional roadside stop for some photos. For the most part though I don't plan to make any extended stops along this leg as I want to maximize the time we have at the parks. I just don't know if there's anything can't miss between CSprings and Moab that warrants spending a few hours?
Thanks for any advice!