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Need itenerary for the Pagosa Springs area

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Need itenerary for the Pagosa Springs area

We are going to be at Pagosa Springs Fairfield Resort at Colorado Springs for 1 week next August. Will fly into Colorado Springs. Would like to spend 2 weeks in the area. The week that we are not at the resort, I would like to visit the Royal Gough, Sand Dunes NP, Mesa Verde, and drive down to Santa Fe. Any suggestions of itenerary is welcome. What is the best route to cover all these places without backtacking. Can we drive from Durango to Silverton by car? How long is the return journey. Don't want to spend a lot of money on the train ride as we have 5 in the family. How about the Royal Gough, what is the best way of seeing it?

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11. Re: Need itenerary for the Pagosa Springs area

You can definitely raft the Animas in Durango. Been there, done that, loved that, want to do it again.

Canyon de Chelly was also a good addition. I remember that as one of my all time great awe-inspiring natural scenic moments, along with the Grand Canyon, the Na Pali Cliffs of Kauai, the Haleakala crater in Maui, Mt. St. Helens, and the Black Canyon of the Gunnison in Colorado (although I was only a kid when I saw that).

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12. Re: Need itenerary for the Pagosa Springs area

Santa Fe also has a fun railroad ride to Lamy. It runs on Biodeisel so it's not as smokey as the Durango or Chama rides and I think it's more affordable.

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13. Re: Need itenerary for the Pagosa Springs area

Durango does have some great river trips. I live in Pagosa Springs so if you have any question specific to this area I'd love to step in.

Now, for the Silverton trip...we do that trip sometimes for a quick dinner elsewhere. We really enjoy staying in the Grand Imperial hotel after dinner and then heading back to Pagosa the next day...but as you asked the road is in great shape and always maintained (snow) but it's winding.

The one after Silverton to Ouray is even MORE winding and up there but it's soooo beautiful to take at least the Silverton way.

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14. Re: Need itenerary for the Pagosa Springs area

Since you have Gallup in the plan, be sure to get there in time to shop. 95% of the Native American art in the U.S. goes through Gallup. It is THE place to buy; you'll save a great deal over Santa Fe and Albuquerque.

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