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Old 06-05-2019, 07:16 PM   #1
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Sights to see between Colorado Springs and Albuquerque

We are going to be traveling to Albuquerque later this year and are looking for some fun stuff to stop and see/do between Colorado springs and Albuquerque. Also, any recommendations for a route to take. We are not in any hurry so time is open. Any suggests would be appreciated.
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Old 06-05-2019, 08:41 PM   #2
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Bishop's Castle. Near Rye, CO.
Drive thru Rye on Hwy 165 continue past Lake Isabel. Look for castle on the left.
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Royal Gorge @ Canon City, Great Sand Dunes, Taos, Santa Fe.
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Rafting on the Arkansas River is great fun
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Capulin Volcano a bit off the track but worth the trip. But road up is not trailerable and not for feint of heart passengers. They have big enough parking lot for you to temporarily drop your trailer.
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Old 06-06-2019, 09:58 AM   #8
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White Sands NM? Also, the little town of Jemez Springs (about an hour north of Albuquerque)has public hot springs, if you like that sort of thing. Also, the National Forest campgrounds around there are beautiful and are on the river.
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If it were me, I would get off I-25 at Walsenburg, take US 160 to Ft Garland, then CO 159, which becomes NM 522 at the border. Follow this down through Taos (go see the Pueblo, kick around the town square). From Taos, take NM 68 to Espanola, then US 285 to Santa Fe (lots of fun stuff, definitely check out Meow Wolf - I guarantee you've never seen anything like it!). Then take NM 14 to Madrid, have lunch, check out all the neat art, jewelry, textiles shops. Then you have only a short drive to be in Albuquerque. This would be a great trip, some of the best scenery in the world and interesting stops along the way.
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Ex Colorado boy here. Take 24 west from Colorado Springs to 285 south thru Beuna Vista to Salida. Then 50 west over Monarch Pass to Montrose, then the really good part, 550 south thru Ouray, Silverton and Durango. Then you have a couple of choices. You can continue on 550 all the way to Albuquerque (never gone that way) or, my choice would be to take 160 to Pagosa Springs then continue on 160 over Wolf Creek Pass (awesome) thru South Park (as in the TV show) thru Alamosa and then a stop at Great Sand Dunes NP and head south from there.

As an alternative, from Pagosa Springs take 84 south to Santa Fe then Albuquerque.

All the towns mentioned in Colorado (with the exception of Montrose, sorry) are worth a stop with many things to see and do from shopping, eating, rafting, hiking, picture taking every where, to train riding (Silverton to Durango narrow gage rr.)

One more alternate. Take 115 south from Colorado Springs to 50 west to Canon City and see the Royal George, the highest suspension bridge in the United States and or take the train ride thru the gorge. You could then continue on 50 west to Montrose as mentioned above then south on 550.

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We drove the highway 550 from Ouray to Silverton with our 25’, yes the views are over the top However that 25 miles of road is not for the faint of heart. At the KOA in Ouray you can see Chinese Yats in the field. Walk the streets of Ouray and Silverton lots of little stores with unique items.
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If you decide to go through Taos to Santa Fe, a bare bones CG is just north of Santa Fe across the highway from the Pojoaque casino—Roadrunner. If on I-25, perhaps 15 miles north of exits to Santa Fe. Cheap for Santa Fe area. The restaurant of the same name next to it, a kind of dinner looking place, has great basic Mexican food. We often have breakfast there.

There are scores of things to see along your route and my wife, a Colorado native, and me here 41 years, have not yet seen them all.

For what it is worth—the TV show South Park is not really named for the town in southern Colorado along US 160. The creators come from Evergreen and kind of copied nearby Conifer and even the cartoon of the town business district looks a little like a long gone community shopping center there. Park County is not too far and Conifer is sort of south of Park Co., so "South Park"
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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.
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Carlsbad Caverns in NM are AMAZING. I don't know if that's anywhere close to your route though.
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