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10 & 11. Durango, Colorado
Heading over the state line into Colorado we had a 2 night stay in Durango. Having done my research i found Durango ran a narrow Guage railway that ran up through the Colorado mountains to an old mining town called Silverton. Although this was the main source of supply back in the day it now runs sightseers up to see this quaint little town and they rely heavily on the tourism trade.
A 3 hour journey with 2 hours stay in Silverton and 3 hours back makes this a whole days sightseeing. The best way to see everything was to book the open carriage on the way up but the closed carriage on the return. (Wrap up warm for the outbound journey)
12. Pagosa Springs
Heading to Santa Fe, our next stop we pulled into Pagosa Springs for a brief visit and lunch. The Town of Pagosa Springs is a scenic community known for “healing waters”, our natural hot springs (“Pagosah” is a Southern Ute word for “healing waters”).
Located thirty minutes west of the Continental Divide, Pagosa Springs is surrounded by the San Juan National Forest and Southern Ute Indian lands. Many recreational activities are made possible by the San Juan River that flows through the heart of town.
13. Santa Fe, New Mexico
Santa Fe for the next 2 days at ‘The Posada’ Hotel & Spa to celebrate the arrival of my 50th birthday (18th October)
Having had great weather so far the further East we travelled the gloomier it got and we arrived in Santa Fe to overcast clouds.
Santa Fe dates back to 1610 and today it’s home to world-class galleries, dining, museums. As the country’s oldest state capital, it’s a place where centuries-old umber adobes are set against a dramatic Sangre de Cristo mountains backdrop. From art to spas, hot green chile to fiery red ristras.
15. Meteor Center, Arizona
A steady 8 hour drive would take us from Santa Fe to Tusyan, a town on the edge of the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. After a few hours on the road we grabbed lunch in a small town and got back on the road and headed for the ‘Meteor Center’, the world’s best preserved meteorite impact site on Earth. Located just minutes from Interstate 40.
The i40 from Albuquerque is the main Freeway but runs alongside the old ‘Route 66′, we managed to burn a few miles on ’66’ but not much of it is left now which is a great shame.
The weather started to deteriorate rapidly and as we approached the Canyon the heavens opened so we headed straight for the hotel and a well earned rest from the drive.