Day 1 Albuquerque, NM to Durango, CO

Wednesday, September 27

Day One

We gather at Sandia Automotive, 6001 Pan American Freeway in Albuquerque for a warm New Mexico welcome breakfast. At 9:30 a.m., we depart for our journey to Durango. We take 1-40 East to Tijeras onto the Historic Turquoise Trail on Highway 14. Drive through Madrid, one of the wildest towns in the West know as an old mining town uncovered by artists with a romantic setting of old buildings colored with coffee shops, galleries and artist studios. Follow Highway 14 towards the Cerillos Hills one of the last places for turquoise to be mined and journey north to the Santa Fe by-Pass. Drive through the corridor of pueblo villages along Highway 84. When you reach the pueblo of Pojaque continue north towards Espanola, low-rider capital of the world, Espanola, and following the route to Georgia O’Keeffe country where the colorful bedrock exposed dramatically displays New Mexico’s outer edge of the Colorado Plateau paints the landscape like a layered cake. Enjoy the view of Ghost Ranch known for the infamous artist Georgia O’Keeffe who was inspired by this textured landscape.
Lunch will be at Abiquiu Inn, complete with some of the most pristine southwest landscapes across the country. After lunch, follow Highway 84, a scenic drive up to the town of Chama along green pastures and scenic mountain views. In Chama turn left to follow Hwy 64 W to the tiny village of Dulce. In Navajo City turn right onto NM-539 to follow the beautiful route to Navajo Dam making a sharp left onto NM-511 and then north to follow NM-173 E.
Navajo Dam is on the San Juan River, a tributary of the Colorado River , this 402-foot high earthen dam is situated in the foothills of the San Juan Mountains about 44 miles upstream and east of Farmington.
Continue on NM-173 to the Colorado Border and meet CO-172 through the Southern Ute Reservation. When you arrive at Hwy 160 turn left towards Durango and stay on Hwy 550 to arrive at Purgatory Ski Resort, you home for the evening.

8:30 am Meet at Sandia Automotive, welcome breakfast
9:30 am Load up and head out towards the Turquoise Trail Hwy 14
12 pm Lunch at Abiquiu Inn
1:30 pm Guided tour of Georgia O’Keefe home (optional)
5:00 pm Arrive at Purgatory Ski Resort
6 – 7:00 pm Cocktail hour
7 – 10:00 pm Dinner at the Resort

8:30 am Meet at Sandia Automotive, welcome breakfast
9:30 am Load up and head out towards the Turquoise Trail Hwy 14
12 pm Lunch at Abiquiu Inn
1:30 pm Guided tour of Georgia O’Keefe home (optional)
5:00 pm Arrive at Purgatory Ski Resort
6 – 7:00 pm Cocktail hour
7 – 10:00 pm Dinner at the Resort