Planning a 2 week roudtrip...need recomendations for points of interest
My wife and I are starting to plan a 2 week road trip in the Jeep. This has been a dream of ours for a while. We know we want to see the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone and Imogene Pass in Colorado. Other than that we would like some suggestions. Just looking at the map, Im thinking we will start from Tennessee then head west on I40 to Arizona. Hit the Grand Canyon then go North thru Utah to Idaho, turn east and hit Yellowstone, then turn south and hit Colorado. After Colorado well head east thru Kansas and head home. I know this is alot of driving. Any ideas of some good trails along the way or some points of interest that are a must see. This is the first time for the both of us to see the western part of the country. We plan to camp some as well as stay in hotels or bed and breakfast. Any help will be appreciated.
Moab Trails I've done: Onion Creek, Long Canyon, Dome Plateau, Top of The World (2), Fins-N-Things (2), Poison Spider,
Golden Spike, Gold Bar Rim, Hell's Revenge (2), Baby Lion Back, Cliff Hanger, Moab Rim, Kane Creek Canyon, Strike Ravine
Headed west on I-40 before Flagstaff, AZ. there is the Meteor Crater. Also outside Flagstaff there is the Sunset Volcano and Anzi Indian ruins. If you are going up towards the San Juans to run Imogene and such you need to stop in Cortez, CO. and see Mesa Verda ruins. 2 weeks is pushing it to see much of anything in that part of the country but its a start. If you head noth from the Grand Canyon (bring lots of water with you) up thru Utah You have Moab, Arches NP, Canyonlands NP.. Just never enough time.....
Imogene Pass is certainly one of my favorite trails, and the second highest pass in Colorado that you can drive through. In planning your trip, you will want to make sure the pass is open. Last year, with heavy snow, the pass did not open until mid July. From what I understand, the snow fall this year is less and the pass will probably be open earlier.
You can check with http://bushducks.com for the most current trail reports. You did not indicate when you would be taking your trip, if later in July, all of August, and September, you will probably find Imogene Open.
There are a lot of good trails in the Silverton, Telluride, Ouray area (Imogene is between Telluride and Ouray). You may want to consider some other trails while you are so close. Let us know if you want detail suggestions for that area.
If you have extra time driving down I-70 in western Kansas, you might check out Castle Rock and Monument Rocks. They're about 20 minutes south of the interstate, but completely unexpected for Kansas.
It's definitely worth it if you need to take a break and stretch your legs. There's the actual "Castle Rock" then a small area of "Badlands" next to it. "Monument Rocks" is a separate area close by that has the appearance of Stonehenge.