Originally Posted by mccsix
Blue merle and the other one is a white collie very rare.
We're doing I-40 to Amarillo then WNW to Durango and up to Ouray. Not sure about the best route to Durango?
Not sure if you are going to be in a huge hurry, but it sounds like you'll be coming through Albuquerque on the 40 before heading up to Durango and Ouray, then coming back down to Albuquerque for the balloon fiesta? It's good that you are planning ahead, the balloon fiesta is in October. We lived in Albuquerque, and Northern New Mexico has some beautiful scenery.
So here's my advice. First thing I would do is make your reservation NOW for a campsite in Albuquerque for the balloon fiesta if you haven't already. Not sure if you are planning to park at the venue (dry camping) or if you planned on camping with full hookups at KOA Albuquerque. Either way, I would plan now..because they sell out every year. We stayed at the Albuquerque KOA, for a couple of days and it's about a 5 minute drive to the Park and Ride for the balloon fiesta, which I highly recommend. Driving yourself into the park is not for people who hate crowded parking lots and poor traffic control. If that doesn't bother you, then go for it.
Once that issue is resolved, this is a good route. From Albuquerque head north on I25 to Santa Fe. From Santa Fe you can head north on 84. I recommend Red River, New Mexico. We spent a few days at this beautiful mountain village along the New Mexico Enchanted Circle. If that isn't your cup of tea, then keep heading north on 84 to Chama, New Mexico. There is a beautiful RV park near Chama called Sky River Ranch. A fun day trip is to ride the coal steam locomotive from Chama to Antonito, Colorado via the Cumbres Pass. You will see some amazing scenery and likely some fall colors. Continue on the 84 to Pagosa Springs, you might want to stay a day and soak in one of the many hot springs spas they have. The 160 will take you to Durango. We stayed at the Durango KOA and recommend it. Plenty to do there as well. Another day trip is the Mesa Verde National Park to see the cliff dwellings of the ancient inhabitants of the region. From Durango you take the 550 to Ouray. This is the same road you can take back down to Durango and return to Albuquerque. It's a fantastic loop trip we did last year, and loved it.