We'd like to split up the long drive, probably stopping in Ouray for a bit, then spending the night somewhere. Thinking about Black Canyon area. I suppose we have to stay in Montrose? And, is the next morning/early afternoon enough time to see Black Canyon? My dad wants to take photos, mom wants to see stuff, boyfriend and I don't care too much.
And I assume Black Canyon area is prettier and more worth stopping in than, say Salida (where we'd spend the night if driving back the other way from Mesa Verde)?
Thanks for any advice! This will be in July, btw.