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Old 06-06-2012, 12:11 AM   #29
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I forgot to post the Airstream in front of the Silver Bean. I never miss a photo op.

Another great eatery in Cortez is the Main Street Brewery. They make a fantastic Ruben sandwich.
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Old 06-06-2012, 06:34 AM   #30
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Navaho St Park in Colorado is about 30 minutes from Durango and they have full hook ups. Navaho Lake State State Park in New Mexico is very nice too
it is about 45 minutes from Durango, they have some full hook ups.
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Old 06-06-2012, 08:41 AM   #31
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Sounds like you are already headed to Monument Valley, so if you head north up the Moki Dugway (steep and twisty, but doable) you will find the Kane Ranger Station where they can direct you to some very remote but well preserved puebloan ruins. Further up is Natural Bridges where you can camp. Headed toward Durango, you can access Hovenweep and or Mesa Verde which is completely open. There is a fire currently burning north of Pagosa Springs so the area can be smokey still.
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Old 06-06-2012, 10:32 AM   #32
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Decided to skip Monument Valley at this time of year and due to all of you all's advice are going to spent the three days in the Cortez/Durango area. Probably two nights in Cortez at the Sundance RV park. Do a full day in Mesa Verde then one night north of Durango. Then back to our place in Santa Fe.

Thanks for all of the advice!!! This forum is GREAT!
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Old 06-06-2012, 11:52 AM   #33
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Happy trails, you'll love that area!
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Old 06-06-2012, 12:52 PM   #34
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Decided to skip Monument Valley at this time of year and due to all of you all's advice are going to spent the three days in the Cortez/Durango area. Probably two nights in Cortez at the Sundance RV park. Do a full day in Mesa Verde then one night north of Durango. Then back to our place in Santa Fe.

Thanks for all of the advice!!! This forum is GREAT!
Glad to help. It can be hot at Mesa Verde too, but you have to deal with when you can travel. Monument Valley is probably hotter.

Curious where home is—under your avatar it says Houston, but you say "our place in Santa Fe".

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Old 06-06-2012, 01:29 PM   #35
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I pulled my 71 Tradewind up the Moki Dugway and it was a bit of a challenge but a lot of fun. I would not want to pull anything much longer. Just about when you get to the bottom of the climb there is a sign posted, trailers not recommended. Would not want to do it when it was wet.

The Dugway was initially cut for uranium ore trucks. It is unpaved because it does not meet minimum highway codes so the state does not encourage it's use.

Great views of Monument Valley
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Gene,

We bought a place in Santa Fe a few years ago when the prices dropped. We are trying to spend a lot of time out here. Hopefully some day 6 months out of twelve. I have a Cessna 206T so we fly out as much as possible. My plan is to move the Airstream Interstate (Touring Coach) out here each may and do trips from Santa Fe through October then take it back to Houston for the winter.

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Old 06-07-2012, 06:57 AM   #37
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Try Delores, Co

Delores is central to the area, take your fly rod, we spent part of our summers there for 3 years. Several camp grounds right on the river, shops and restrants. Found the area on a trip west and ended up spending way to much time there and had to cut out other parts of our trip. Never regretted it! Dolores river CG had the most Hummingbirds we have ever seen.
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If you stay over in Durango, go to see the Melodrama. It is in a theatre building attached to an old Hotel near the train station. The Hotel has a nice restaurant where you can dine before the show.
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Go to Taos. Park and get the bikes out.
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Old 06-30-2012, 01:37 PM   #40
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We are making tentative plans to take similiar trip sometime in Spt. This will be our first trip out west "towing." TV is a 2009 Silverado with 5.3 ltr V8 with 6 speed automatic transmission and HD tow package; AS is 2008 20' Safari. Based on TV/AS set-up can I expect difficult grades on highways 84 and 160 thru Pagosa Springs or should I take 550 thru Bloomfield from Sante Fe to Durango? Also how is 160 from Durango and Cortez to Monument Valley UT?

Lots of questions and thanks for the input.
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All very easy and doable for your size rig. 550 from Santa Fe to Durango is 4 lane but not as scenic as through Pagosa. 160 to Kayenta and Mon. Valley is no problem. Yes there are grades but nothing insurmountable.
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All very easy and doable for your size rig. 550 from Santa Fe to Durango is 4 lane but not as scenic as through Pagosa. 160 to Kayenta and Mon. Valley is no problem. Yes there are grades but nothing insurmountable.
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