We’re sitting in our hotel next to ABQ Airport, looking back on our fourth 10 Day Loop. All told, we drove 2248 miles, visiting four national parks and other natural and historic places across four states. We’ll add pictures soon, but here is the wrap-up since the last post.
Though we decided to stay a second night in Mesa Verde, we still stopped in Durango for breakfast and visited the Durango-Silverton Narrow Gauge train museum. They had historic artifacts and steam engines from the 120+ years they have been in service. We then drove the San Juan Skyway drive, making a short stop in Silverton.
We arrived at Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park later in the day, but were able to see the deep canyon and sheer walls reflecting the setting sun. The history of the canyon, and movement to a national park was quite interesting. We stayed the night in nearby Gunnison, CO.
The highlight of day 8 was driving the Piles Peak Highway. After passing many 14,000+ foot peaks on the way to Colorado Springs, we made our way to the 14,110 foot summit of Piles Peak. On the top of the peak, we were treated to snow flurries in early September.
The final stop of our trip was Santa Fe on day 9. There was a nice festival downtown, but the main attraction we were hoping to see, the Miraculous Staircase at Loretta Chapel, was not open due to an ongoing wedding.
Looking back, we had a great time, saw many fantastic sites, and will have thousands of photos and memories. We hope you found these updates on our trip useful when browsing our site to find trip ideas of your own.