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Advice on a road trip thru TX, NM, AZ, CO

I am going to be traveling through these states on a road trip in August. I've never been to them and looking for any advice anyone could offer on places to see, places to eat, places to stay, etc.

I will be coming from the north, cutting through OK and the very northern part of TX (either Amarillo or Dalhart depending on the route I choose). Probably staying the night in TX then heading to the Phoenix area where I will spend another night. I may stay there a day to take in some fun riding but I'm really looking forward to the Rockies in CO.

Being that I've never traveled in any of these states I'm sure the geography will be interesting from the interstate but I don't want to miss any famous rides. For example I went through Kentucky/Tennessee but didn't ride the Tail of the Dragon.

Any help is much appreciated.
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If your coming from the Phoenix area into Colorado I wouldn't miss Hwy 550 from Durango thru Silverton and up to Ouray Colorado, the Million Dollar Hwy..

You really couldn't go wrong with most the state highways in southwest Colorado but a few do stand out. The one above is a must do.

160 from Durango, Pagosa Springs up to South Fork then 149 to Creede, Lake City up to Gunnison Co is an incredible ride also.

Hwy 92 thru the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. I guess if you have never seen it.. .. It's pretty cool. I live in this country and honestly there's nicer trips one could ride.

Hwy 145 from Cortez to Placerville. Then 62 up over the Dallas Divide is nice or continue on 145 to 141 to Gateway then up to Grand Junction.
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Go to Alpine Az and ride 191 down towards Silver City. It makes the dragon look like a dragstrip

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Ditto what Harleson and Darbin said, although I actually like 92 in Colorado a whole lot. Ride it every chance I get when I'm in that neck of the woods. 149 is, simply put, gorgeous. +10 on that suggestion.

I've ridden US 64 west from Angel Fire and it's really a fun one. Until you get in range of Farmington, anyway. I swear, I can get from one end of Austin to another during rush hour faster than you can get through Farmington.

NM 434 between Eagle Nest and Mora is special. Not going to make great time, but it's cool as shit. There are a couple of good campgrounds along that route if you're into that- also at Guadalupita there's a reasonably priced campground with cabins- even a store to buy essentials.

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Leaving Phoenix is a good thing in August. Travel through Wickenburg, pick up 89 through Prescott, 89A to jerome and then Sedona with a nice Oak Creek canyon ride up to Flagstaff. All good with LOTS of twisties and getting cooler the whole way. Have fun!
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+1 on 191 from Alpine, Arizona to Safford then 70 into Phoenix. 191 is also known as "The Coronado Trail". Heading north from Phoenix to go up to Colorado + 1 on 89A. If you have the extra 2 hours to spare, I'd suggest leaving Phoenix to Wickenburg and taking 89 through Wilhoit, into Prescott, then 89A thru Jerome and on to Sedona before going through Oak Creek Canyon. I can't speak as to how it compares to the "Tail of the Dragon" but its a fun route.

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I'm returning from Iraq next week. The following week the better half and I are going to ride from Texas through New Mexico, Colorado, and Wyoming to see our son in Cheyenne, WY. From there its across to Kansas to visit our daugher and grandkids then back down through Oklahoma and home to Texas. Its about a 2300 mile trip not counting the detours. Should make for a fun two weeks on the road.
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Phoenix in August? Buy one of those gel vests that you soak with water. HD has one for $50. It works the best under a mesh jacket. If you really get hot (you will), then get one of those frog togs towels to wet and wrap around your neck.


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