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Old 03-30-2019, 08:04 PM   #1
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Albuquerque to Monument Valley

Looking for input on a route from Albuquerque, NM to Monument Valley. My RV Trip Wizard has me on the follow roads:
leaving Albuquerque on I40 pickup Rt264 outside of Gallup then Rt.191 in Burnside and then Rt 163 in Many Farms to Monument Valley.
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Old 03-31-2019, 09:58 AM   #2
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That's about the best you're gonna get. I've driven all of those roads except for the road from Many Farms to Kayenta. That is a Navajo tribal road and they are mostly good, just narrow and a few rough spots.

We are traveling up to Monument Valley May 22nd and will be taking some of those same roads ourselves.
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We will be going the opposite way in Sept. I am looking at US 163 to 160 to 550 to I25. US 550 looks to be 4 lane.
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We will be going the opposite way in Sept. I am looking at US 163 to 160 to 550 to I25. US 550 looks to be 4 lane.
550 is a nice state hwy. There aren't too many easy access stations along the way, but just north of Cuba is a tribal station/casino with diesel lanes. Enjoy your trip.
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Don't leave Albuquerque without visiting Santa Fe. Stop to eat at the Plaza Cafe right on the town square downtown. Best Southwest cuisine in the world!!
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Old 04-07-2019, 08:56 PM   #6
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If you're gonna be in the Duke City (Abq) you need to see the Watermelon Mtns (the Sandias). Every evening, when the sun goes down, the Sandia's glow a bit of pink/purple. It only lasts about 10 minutes, but it is amazing.

My backyard faces east, so this is a daily show for us. There aren't too many other places on earth that can change a tone of a mountain range giving the sun and lower layers of atmosphere.

Safe and happy travels.
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Old 04-07-2019, 10:10 PM   #7
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Chief T, we appreciate your input. We wil try to be there when the Purple appears.

Here in Southern California we have a similar experience out west of Santa Barbara, when the sun goes down. If you are camped along the coast at places like Refugio or El Capitan State Beaches, just as the sun goes down on a clear evening, watch the mountains to the north turn from grey to pink. It is remarkable! Sshhhhh. Don't tell anyone else about this!!
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