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Denver to Phoenix

by hmann »

I have a question about driving from Denver to Phoenix. Are the interstates the best way or would you recommend something else? By best, I don't mean the quickest but the most scenic with interesting places to stop and stay. We've got 3-4 days to make the trip and will be doing this in late July.

We're an early '60's couple and after hiking Cape Breton Island the only hiking we're interested in this sumer would be something very easy.

We'd like very much to go through Colorado Springs for Pike's Peak.

We're interested in your suggestions for both routes and attractions. Thanks everyone.


RE: Denver to Phoenix

by paweber »

Be sure to visit the Garden of the Gods park while in Colorado Springs.

From Colorado Springs you can head west on US-50 through Cañon City (check out the Royal Gorge suspension bridge there) towards Montrose through the Rocky Mountain range then turn south to either Cortez or Durango.  Mesa Verde National Park is located near Cortez, CO and is worth a visit.

From Cortez go southwest to the Four Corners (the four corners monument is cheesy but a fun photo opportunity where you can split your body across four different states - Colorado, Utah, New Mexico and Arizona).

Continuing southwest on US-180 you'll be in the area of Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park (see maps). This is the spectacular Western scenery you've seen dozens of times in movies and television shows. Navajo National Monument is also nearby en route.

You're now headed towards Flagstaff. A detour to the south rim of the Grand Canyon can easily be fitted into this route.

From Flagstaff head south through the scenic small city of Sedona, Arizona; this is a nice place ot overnight. Take one of the famous "Pink Jeep" tours through the red rock country.

From Sedona it's an easy drive south to Phoenix.