Itinerary #4: New Mexico and Colorado

Shari and her kids were hooked on the road trip experience after our journey through Idaho, Wyoming, and Montana, and so they jumped at the chance to join us on our odyssey through the heart of the American Southwest. Flying in and out of Albuquerque, we traversed a loop moving up to Santa Fe and across the border as far north as Pueblo, Colorado, and then cutting through the Rocky mountains to Montrose where we headed Southwest to Durango and then Four Corners, and finally back to where we started—phew! We learned about the Spanish and Native American influences on everything from the foods, the architecture, and the arts in that region. We learned about mysterious happenings and scientific marvels and saw nature in its most dramatic landscapes—Shipwreck Rock and the Rocky Mountains, to name a few. I hope that by reading about our adventures you will be inspired to discover these two vastly different, but incredibly beautiful, states.

States Colorado, New Mexico

Theme Native Americans and the Southwest     Duration 9 Days | Map


Day 1

Destination #4: New Mexico and Colorado• Fly to Albequerque
Indian Pueblo Cultural Center

Day 2

Destination #4: New Mexico and ColoradoExplore Old Town Albuquerque
Rattlesnake Museum
Turquoise Museum
Hinkle Family Fun Center

Day 3

Loretto ChapelTinkertown (Sandia Crest)
State Capitol Building
Oldest House in the USA
Loretto Chapel
Children’s Museum
El Rodeo De Santa Fe
• Overnight in Santa Fe

Day 4

Destination #4: New Mexico and ColoradoEl Santuario De Chimayo
Chimayo Weavers
Taos Pueblo
• Overnight in Trinidad Colorado

Day 5

Destination #4: New Mexico and Colorado• Trinidad Trolley
Rock Canyon Waterslide (Pueblo Colorado)
Whitewater rafting in Salida
• Overnight in Salida

Day 6

Destination #4: New Mexico and ColoradoRoyal Gorge Suspension Bridge (Canon City)
Black Canyon of the Gunnison
• Overnight in Montrose

Day 7

Destination #4: New Mexico and ColoradoUte Indian Museum
Russell Stover Factory Outlet
Old Hundred Gold Mine (Silverton)
• Overnight in Durango, Colorado

Day 8

Destination #4: New Mexico and ColoradoMesa Verde National Park
Four Corners National Monument
Shipwreck Rock
• Overnight in Gallup, New Mexico

Day 9

• Drive to Albuquerque and Fly home