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Old 05-19-2016, 11:09 PM   #11
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By the way Edmund we have stayed at the Railroad RV park in Williams Arizona and taken the train to the Grand Canyon. Neat town and trip to the Canyon.
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Old 05-20-2016, 08:20 AM   #12
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Alternate Suggestion:
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).
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Old 05-20-2016, 08:55 AM   #13
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Alternate Suggestion:
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).
You do have a valid point there. Farmington isn't really all that great in the scenery category. And with all the oil and gas truck traffic is pretty busy. Going just a little farther north to Pagosa Springs - Durango and Cortez is real pretty.
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Alternate Suggestion:
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).
Thanks! We will have to save that trip for another time. Our actual destination on this leg is Gouldings RV park for Monument Valley. I promised my 13 year old we would swing by 4 corners for a photo op. We will come back out to NM to visit the NP's there soon. This trip is mainly CA to Texas round trip with a some fun stops on the way back home.
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Thanks so much. I kept going back and forth between 40 to 491 from 550 because I liked staying on 40 for longer with more options to stay for the night. You have convinced me to take US 550. I will stay closer to US 550 and not venture up into the Jemez Springs area. Will look in the Bernalillo area to overnight.
I would also suggest that when you are coming into Albuquerque from the east over Tijeras Pass, exit at Tramway onto Central (old US 66) and turn right at the Tramway intersection. Tramway takes you around the city on the east side at the foot of the Sandia Mountains. It is a 4-lane street. Keep straight on it and it will take you onto Sandia Pueblo (watch the speed limit and the Tribal Police) and right onto I-25. Saves a few miles and is quite scenic (plus you will avoid the heavy morning traffic). If you stay at the KOA on Juan Tabo (next major street west of Tramway), back track to Tramway and save some time (and fuel).

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You do have a valid point there. Farmington isn't really all that great in the scenery category. And with all the oil and gas truck traffic is pretty busy. Going just a little farther north to Pagosa Springs - Durango and Cortez is real pretty.
The traffic has died down with the oil boom ending and drilling is a ghost of what it was two years ago. I wouldn't worry.
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Thanks! We will have to save that trip for another time. Our actual destination on this leg is Gouldings RV park for Monument Valley. I promised my 13 year old we would swing by 4 corners for a photo op. We will come back out to NM to visit the NP's there soon. This trip is mainly CA to Texas round trip with a some fun stops on the way back home.
Yeah, the Four Corners National Monument is really cool. Be sure to get the picture of your 13 year-old in four states at one time. Lots of fun!

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