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Old 01-27-2016, 08:31 AM   #1
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I40 Sights to See

Hello Fellow Campers,

I'm planning another trip to Moab, UT this summer but considering the I40 route instead of I70. I'll be leaving from home in TN and crossing over Arkansas, Oklahoma, Northern Texas,New Mexico and Arizona before hanging a right to Utah.

Any suggestions on things to see or visit along I40 not more than an hour or so from the interstate? I usually don't stop except to sleep when we go to Moab but learning to stop and smell the roses. Or at least that's what my wife says we need to do.

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If you are into the quirky things, right on the I40 frontage road is Cadillac Ranch. You'll be passing right by it.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadillac_Ranch
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If you are into the quirky things, right on the I40 frontage road is Cadillac Ranch. You'll be passing right by it.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cadillac_Ranch
Forgot to mention, it's near Amarillo.
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You can see my house from I 40 in Oklahoma City I live in the third Dutch Star on the right. Warren
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What types of things do you like to do? Mountain biking, hiking, lots of people, few people, tourist traps, etc.???
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Instead of going all the way to AZ and then heading up, why not take Hwy 550 just north of Albuquerque, and head up to the four corners area, take 491 up into CO and then into UT where you intersect with 191? Nice pretty drive and see more of the country than just from the interstate? The 550/491/191 route is quite scenic.

I go that route all the time on my way to Bonneville Salt Flats. Drive through Moab and end up eventually on I-15 just south of Provo, UT. The of course take I-80 to the salt flats.
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We did the reverse in March. We left Phoenix and spent three days in Williams, Az. and did the Grand Canyon from there. Then headed East towards OKC. We stopped at the Painted Desert, Petrified Forest, Crater, Big Texan in Amarillo, and numerous side attractions along the way. Really a pretty drive.

Williams is on Rte 66 and is a site to see on it's own.
We also stayed for four days in Albuquerque, and took day trips to Santa Fe.

Once we got to OKC we spent a day and then headed up to St. Louis.

It was a very pleasant trip.
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Paloma Duro CanyonState Park close to Amarillo. Go see the Outdoor stage production "Texas".
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Oh and BTW, we always stay at Twin Fountains RV Resort in OKC and it is close to this.

Plan Your Visit - National Cowboy & Western Museum

This is actually a Western Art Museum with an actual working old western town within it. There are paintings, gun collections, barbed wire collections, ect.
Millions of dollars of artwork on display.

Really well done.
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Instead of going all the way to AZ and then heading up, why not take Hwy 550 just north of Albuquerque, and head up to the four corners area, take 491 up into CO and then into UT where you intersect with 191? Nice pretty drive and see more of the country than just from the interstate? The 550/491/191 route is quite scenic.
I'd highly recommend doing something like this route, too. Why stay on the interstates? You'll see much more by getting off them.

You could even take a tour of Santa Fe/Taos and take 84 up to Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Then take 160 west and stop at Pagosa Springs, CO and soak in their sparkling clean hot springs overlooking the river.

Continue west to Durango. Stay in town and take an awesome drive up to the Silverton/Ouray areas. If you have a 4x4 the trails out of Silverton are the very best!

Further west is Cortez and Mesa Verde Nat'l Park. Then take 491 into Utah to 191 into Moab.
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If going to Durango, and visiting Silverton/Ouray, there is a scenic steam train that goes there from Durango. And the outdoor play TEXAS at Palo Duro Canyon near Amarillo Texas runs from June thru August. Happy trails.

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Paloma Duro CanyonState Park close to Amarillo. Go see the Outdoor stage production "Texas".
Sorry, I meant Palo Duro Canyon.
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If you are really set on interstates, near Gallup NM there is the Malpais and ice cave.


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Not sure if I remember correctly but you can kinda parallel I-40 on old Hwy66. There is a cave on that route you can take a tour in and some other things I don't remember. Have a nice trip!
Good luck, good health and safe travels!
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