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Old 06-06-2019, 10:05 PM   #15
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Ditto on Bilbo’s reply. Before you head south to Taos, Go through Fort Garland and stop at The Great Sand Dunes. Stay at the Oasis just outside the park. The Dunes are amazing! Taos and Santa Fe need at least a day each as the art galleries will keep you occupied. In Santa Fe, stop at The Shed for lunch. Have eaten there for 25 yrs and love it.
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Old 06-07-2019, 06:57 AM   #16
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Ouray is a gem!

Ex-AZ desert rat that took this route often to see family in Denver! Agree with link2dks (Dave S) that a stop in Ouray should be on your schedule! Stop for at least two nights, rent a jeep and travel on some of the best four wheel drive mountain trails in the world! You can see some old gold mines that are truly awesome! July 2017, we rented a jeep for one day, picked it up around 5PM, took one shorter trail that evening, since it stayed light until about 9PM and then several trails the next day, so we really got our money's worth for a one day rental! Plus, Ouray also has a wonderful pool fed by natural hot springs that is not to be missed! Other great four wheel driving cities to consider: Lake City, Tin Cup and Telluride (Black Bear Pass)! Google these cities and try NOT to visit them, IF you love the mountains and dream of driving thru them in a 4 wheel drive vehicle! Have a great trip! I am jealous that my schedule does not include a trip out there this summer!
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Old 06-07-2019, 02:01 PM   #17
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Spanish Peaks, etc.

This is one of my favorite parts of Colorado. A little side trip will take you to the Spanish Peaks area; two volcanic necks, with associated dikes. Nice hikes, great views and not a lot of people. I usually stay in La Veta. In that same area is the old mining town of Creede, which is certainly worth seeing. There is also a neat road through Cumbres Pass, between Antonito and Chama. You can also stay near Antonito and take a train to Chama. Taos is worth seeing, though not a particularly good place to camp. Los Alamos and Bandelier National Monument are quite interesting, as is the old city of Santa Fe. Time is the limiting factor. One could spend weeks in that area and never be bored.
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Old 06-07-2019, 02:24 PM   #18
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Taos is a very touristy place, but look a little closer and it is quaint old town. The old hotel near the main junction has the old town well in the bar. My wife has family buried in Kit Carson State Park’s cemetery, so for us this town has special interest. A lot of old buildings and streets made for walking and horses, not SUV’s. There are some very good restaurants, but they change often. Pretty expensive CG’s there unfortunately. If you are looking for Mexican mirrors and other such stuff, north of town just south of the junction west over the Rio Grande are the shops where they will bargain. Keep at it, they really do bargain. Sorry I can’t remember names of things, but I have been to Taos so many times, it is like somewhere I used to live. It is also where the New Mexico Trilogy takes place starting with the Milagro Beanfield War. The Taos Pueblo is not very occupied, but does have some shops. There is admission. Sky City along I-40 in western NM is a more interesting pueblo.

Albuquerque has little to offer for us. The old downtown is the tourist area and is small and overshadowed by other cities. The only reason we stop there is my wife has family there .
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Old 06-07-2019, 05:45 PM   #19
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In New Mexico take Hwy64 to Taos. On the way see Cimarron Canyon, spend the night in Angel Fire RV Resort (Best RV Park in US) then on to Taos downtown square. If time permits spend a day at Ojo Caliente hot spring, their RV sites are primitive but hot springs r wonderful. Head south to Santa Fe, many places along the way to tube the Rio Grande. Then COE Park at Cochiti Lake, spend day at Kasha Tent Rocks, hike the slot canyon. Get there early entry spaces are limited.
I second Angel Fire RV Resort. Awesome especially in late September early October and hear the Elk bugle. Awesome amenities including local CC with indoor pool!!!!
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Old 06-08-2019, 11:37 AM   #20
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If you check out Cimarron, Stop in the St. James for lunch or dinner. This is a historic hotel that many of the West's outlaws visited (some good guys too). And drive south just a bit (2 miles) and look through the Boy Scouts of America National Museum and take a tour of Villa Philmonte (both located at Philmont Scout Ranch). The villa was Waite Phillips summer home and the ranch was donated by Waite to the BSA. Also X2 on Cimarron Canyon to camp.
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Old 06-08-2019, 12:05 PM   #21
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The Forum keeps getting reloaded and that is just part of the problems I'm having with it lately.

The Angel Fire RV resort has resort prices. We stayed closer to Angel Fire at Monte Verde CG some years ago. Airstream owners Lynn and Maria used to own the CG, but it has new owners now. It was fine years ago, and certainly is a lot less money than the resort.

The state "highway" between Angel Fire and Mora should not be used by RV's. It was quite a few years ago we traveled to a park on that road (not towing) and it was dusty, narrow and could be really sloppy in rain. In NM some state highways are dirt, gravel and mud. I understand this route is being rebuilt, so that will make it worse for a while.

The highway between Angel Fire and Taos crosses mountains and has many blind curves and switchbacks. I had to stop for an accident some years ago because state crews didn't stop traffic for construction before a blind curve and so someone was going too fast to stop when they reached the project. Take it slow on this stretch.
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Old 06-12-2019, 11:02 AM   #22
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A ride on the Cumbres & Toltec Railroad is a must. Beautiful scenery! Camp in Chama, NM.
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Old 06-12-2019, 11:13 AM   #23
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Agree with many of the suggestions. If you want to see the "faux New Mexico" stop in Santa Fe...we locals call it 'Fanta Se' . If you want to see true old New Mexico take the high road to Taos. Explore Taos and if you have time take the enchanted circle scenic drive from Questa thru Red River to Angel Fire and back to Taos. Agree with the suggestion to go North thru Ft. Garland and see Great Sand Dunes (avoid I-25) continue North on 17/285 and Hwys 24 thru Woodland Park & Manitou Springs into Colorado Springs (don't miss Pikes Peak Railway in Manitou Springs or Garden of the Gods).
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Old 06-12-2019, 11:24 AM   #24
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Carlsbad Caverns in NM are AMAZING. I don't know if that's anywhere close to your route though.
FYI. Carlsbad Caverns is way south near Texas border. But, if you continue south from ABQ on I25 to right past Socorro turn off at 360 towards ruidoso. Inn of Mt Gods casino is nice up in mountains not to far from ol west village Lincoln (Billy the Kid) then to Roswell (UFO) to Carlsbad or from Ruidoso to Cloudcroft to Artesia to Carlsbad. Another route from Ruidoso to white sands to Las Cruces then to Carlsbad.
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Old 06-12-2019, 11:48 AM   #25
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Not seeing a recommendation for a visit to Mesa Verde. The park is sometimes considered high brow, but should be a stop for all. It provides history, natural events (fires), preservation challenges, an escape from your cell phone, and an opportunity to add another stamp to your NP book.

We really liked Angel Fire and NE NM. Highway 64 does have tight and twisty sections, but it's not a jeep trail. We also really liked 550. Generally tourist areas around the I25 corridor are a challenge, but the other Colorado is interesting. Do your research, reserve your site and take it slow on weekends.

We travel through Colorado from West to East. As a kid, we visited relatives in Eastern CO just off HW96. That area is hot and dry, except when it is cold and dry. However, the area along HW50, which generally follows the Arkansas River, is much more developed and has a lot of farming operations. Thats not what you asked, but may be interesting to others.

Have a great trip. Pat
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Old 06-12-2019, 01:43 PM   #26
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If you are not in a hurry, don't take 25 South, head West over the Front Range to Buena Vista or Salida and take 285 South as it is way more scenic than 25.
Yes Taos is touristy, but if you have any interest, take a guided tour of Taos Pueblo. We have done it twice over the years. http://taospueblo.com/
If staying overnight in Taos (MANY excellent restaurants) I would recommend http://taosmontebellorvpark.com if you need FHU. It is just far enough out of town to provide peace and quiet and excellent views for sunrise and sunset.
If stopping in Santa Fe, there are a lot of great museums - https://santafe.org/Visiting_Santa_Fe/Museums/
Another detour out of Taos is https://www.ojospa.com/ We stopped in their on our anniversary a couple of years ago.
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Cumbres and Toltec Scenic Railroad. Runs between Chama, New Mexico and Antonito, Colorado
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Old 06-12-2019, 04:35 PM   #28
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If wanting to stay on I25

1. On I25 exit 27 North of Walsenberg stop at the Ludlow Massacre Historic site.
2. Ease across Raton Pass. and into Raton. Good green chile at restaurant on right and a little room for RV parking. Building is green painted.
3. South to Cimarron and to the right in town is the Ghost occupied hotel. Good restaurant here.
4. West through Cimarron Canyon about 38 miles at 25 mph which is a beautiful stream.
5. At top of the pass is Eagle Nest and quite a view!
6. South to Taos is a slow curvy route but not too steep.
7. Or at west edge of Eagle Nest go north 17 mi across Bobcat pass which is 7% grade going east out of Red River but not so bad heading west like you will be traveling.
8. North to Questa from Red River, then south about 40 miles Taos. Good eats here at Michael’s Kitchen., not much parking.
9. On south towards Sante Fe but eat north of town 15 miles or so. North of Sante Fe is Los Alamos.
Then get back on I 25 south of Taos. And you will run into Albuquerque
Can take as short as 2 days or as long as 5 days..
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