Take I-25/US-285/US-84/US-64 North from Albq thru Sante Fe and then North through the Central Northern New Mexico Highlands to Pagosa Springs, and from there along US-160 thru Durango and Cortez to the Four Corners Area.
This route is mostly Good-Quality 2-Lane (instead of 4-Lane).
Instead of a 4-5hr slog through some of the Least Scenic parts of the bare High Desert along US-550 AND an Hour of Stop-n-Go thru the Farmington area (nothing but a service town for the areas rampant Gas Drilling), this route is about 7hrs long (if you can resist all the Scenic Stops).
The Sante Fe - Pagosa Springs route skirts the western edge of the Southern Rockies (the Southern San Juan Mtns). Pagosa Springs is a Scenic Town with Public Hot Springs nestled amongst some of the Boldest Mountain Backdrops in the USA. Durango is another Scenic Mountain Town, and US-160 passes you along the Visitors Center for MESA VERDE NP and Canyons of the Ancients NM.
Then it's an easy cruise to the Four Corners Monument (if that is your Target).
Pup: '11 HW-296
TV: '09 RAM 1500 Hemi 4x4 CC