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Old 11-15-2015, 09:35 AM   #1
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Durango to Yellowstone

Will be getting to Durango in late April and arriving in Yellowstone first week of Sep. Have been to Yellowstone 20 years ago coming from Rushmore headings west, but never through Colorado or Southern Wyoming. Looking for route between Durango and Yellowstone (including Tetons) and must see/to do along the way, also any campground recommendations. Love hiking, photography, scenery, history (ghost towns?), and exploring small towns. Will be heading to Glacier, then Bannff after Yellowstone. 2014 Landmark 39 ft 5er, 2014 3500 GMC diesel. Thanks as always!
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From Durango, go to Cortez. Don't miss Mesa Verde indian ruins. Hwy 491 and 191 up to Moab. All three Canyonland sites. Arches. Stay on 191 all the way to Yellowstone. 191 is a good road all the way. two lane but in good shape.
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Take the Durango to Silverton train ride. Awesome views at a slow pace on a coal fired steam train. Totally worth the time and $$
Pagosa Springs is a cute little town.

Take Hwy 500 (Million Dollar Highway) to Ouray; though I would leave the trailer behind for that leg. Easily accessible roads with your truck outside Ouray; depending upon snow, to see some beautiful country.

Yes, Arches, Canyon Lands, Dead Horse Pass, Goblin Valley, Black Canyon of the Gunnison

That ares is FULL of sites to see!
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X2 on what Captjake1 said.
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Heading to Glacier and Banff is September starts getting iffy on weather. Watch your forecasts. Actually, Durango in April can be iffy. We have been in the area a few times when we got snow on Memorial Day weekend at Junction Creek or Haviland Lake, both Forest Service campgrounds just outside Durango. I do strongly agree on stopping at Mesa Verde and the National Parks in Utah (all of them if possible). Note there are some great state parks in Utah that are close to the national ones, but provide a different experience. Outside Yellowstone there are wonderful places too. Montana and Idaho have some incredible scenery too.
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We'll be driving from Mesa Verde National Park to Yellowstone in mid-June, staying at Fishing Bridge campground for a week. En route, we plan to visit Canyonlands and Arches near Moab, then Dinosaur National Monument before Yellowstone.
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We'll be driving from Mesa Verde National Park to Yellowstone in mid-June, staying at Fishing Bridge campground for a week. En route, we plan to visit Canyonlands and Arches near Moab, then Dinosaur National Monument before Yellowstone.

When we head back east in 2017, we are planning on stopping at Canyonlands and Arches along with a few others along a southern route.
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