I'm looking at a map and it looks like the most direct route from Moab to Mesa Verde is Rt 191S to 666E to 160E. Is this about a 2 1/2 hr drive? A longer alternative would be 191S to 46E which turns into 90E, then 145 back to 160E. About how much longer would this alternative take?
Can anyone comment on the merits/scenery of either route?
For example, are stops at Wilson Arch, Looking Glass rock, Church rocks, or Lowry Pueblo worthwhile? (We will be taking in Newspaper Rock and Needles on the return)
Along the other route, I know the section of 145 from Telluride to Dolores is supposed to be quite scenic. (However, after Mesa Verde we will also be travelling on to Durango, taking the train to Silverton, renting a jeep up to Ouray and taking the San Juan Skyway back to Silverton, then bus back to Durango over a 2 day stretch)
Thanks for any suggestions.