The most beautiful national parks
. Bathing in hot springs
This is a very intense journey for nature lovers! We suggest you drive through the two states, from Colorado to New Mexico. Every day of the trip prepares new emotions and new impressions, from quiet walks in parks to rafting on the river, from swimming in hot springs, to climbing the rocks and ruins.
We enjoyed the trip very much! It's been a long time since we've visited such places at once. In some cases, it would have been time, even delayed.
We advise you to take your comfortable shoes with you, or you'll have a hard time in the parks. Have a good trip and new emotions!
Colorado - New Mexico: Journey Through National Parks
10 days itinerary by Matthew Evans - Nature and Hiking - Car, 8 Hotels
Road Trip Categories: Nature and Hiking
Day 1: Denver
Here we are in Colorado! Came to Denver for a one-night stay to embark on a fascinating journey through the natural beauty of the state in the morning. Tomorrow we'll be in a completely different city!
Day 2: Beginning of the adventure!
We left Denver early to be able to get to the next hotel in time to see the interesting places on the way. We walked in the park on the lake shore and reached the observation deck with stunning views.
Visiting: Denver, Idaho Springs, Dillon, Keystone
Day 3: Through the lakes to Aspen
Today, our way was through a few lakes that we had to stop by. They had a picnic on one of the shores, and by evening they were in Aspen. It's even time to walk around the city and see the architecture.
Visiting: Keystone, Leadville, Twin Lakes, Aspen, Snowmass Village
Day 4: Black Canyon
The main purpose of today's journey was the Black Canyon. We spent most of our time here, except for the time on the road. The scenery is amazing! This is one of those places worth seeing for once in your life.
Visiting: Aspen, Ouray, Paonia, Montrose
Day 5: Rafting
On this day, one of the most emotional adventures in the journey awaited us. River rafting! Before that, we stopped at a couple of interesting places, visited the observation deck and hot springs.
Visiting: Ouray, Durango, Needleton
Day 6: The road to New Mexico
Previous hot springs were not allowed to bathe, today we will visit those that can and even should be visited after long trips in the car. A good rest for the body is necessary! Also, it's not without nature. We have waterfalls and mountain trails waiting for us!
Visiting: Durango, Nutria, Pagosa Springs, Chama
Day 7: Hot springs
Our route is through another hot spring, which is worth a ride. No rock climbing today, just rest and quiet walks. We need to save some energy for tomorrow.
Visiting: Chama, Los Ojos, Ojo Caliente, Santa Fe, Santa Fe County
Day 8: Bandelier National Park
One of the most interesting national parks in New Mexico is Bandelier Park. We will go there and spend almost the whole day in it! The place is really unique and must be visited.
Visiting: Santa Fe, Los Alamos County, Santa Fe County
Day 9: Albuquerque
So we've reached Albuquerque! The final point of our adventure. Before that, we will visit another no less interesting national park.
Visiting: Santa Fe, Pecos, Albuquerque, Santa Fe County
Day 10: Time to go home.
I don't want to, but it's time to go home. The journey was very intense! We've seen so much and learned so much! Before we left, we stopped at a bookstore and bought souvenirs for friends and relatives.