Day 2 Durango to Taos

Thursday, September 28

Day 2: Durango to Taos

This morning we leave Durango to journey along the southern edge of Colorado state. Enjoy a catered lunch at the Yearout Ranch in gorgeous Chama, NM. This private ranch is owned Kevin Yearout, one of the Cinco Amigos of the Albuquerque Community Foundation. His ranch serves as a first-class fishing facility for his family and guests. We will have an opportunity to take a walking tour of the ranch and its expansive views, including of the Chama River and three large lakes.

After lunch, we continue on our Hwy 160 NE towards Wolf Creek Pass situated along the Continental Divide. This winding road offers breathtaking scenic pull outs that are a must to overlook the valley you just climbed! Wolk Creek also has a Ski Resort you will pass on the right once you’ve crested the pass at 10,856 ft.

Your descent will follow the Rio Grande and you will be close to the headwaters of the 1886-mile-long Rio Grande we crossed in Albuquerque. As you enter the San Luis Valley, home of Coors Mill and offering views of Blanca Peak the fourth highest summit in the Rocky Mountains. We follow 160 through the tiny towns of Monte Vista and Alamosa until we reach the Great Sand Dunes National Park by taking CO 150 N for approx. 20 miles. This park is known for huge dunes like the towering Star Dune, and for the seasonal Medano Creek and beach created at the base of the dunes. Enjoy a leisurely drive out to the dunes CO 150 S and return the way you came after visiting.

After your visit to the dunes return back on Hwy 160 turning left until you reach the town of Fort Garland and turn off right onto Road 159 towards the village of San Luis at the border of Colorado and New Mexico. Once entering NM state line, 159 turns to 522 S and you are in the country of wild horses and the Rocky Mountains or Sangre de Cristo range follows you on your left all the way through Questa and into Taos. We will make a left at the Square stop light to arrive at El Monte Sagrado Resort in approx. 1 mile.

 

8:30 – 10:00 am Breakfast

10:30 am Depart

12:00 pm Lunch at Yearout Ranch

1:30 pm Depart with options:

  1. Detour to Great Sand Dunes National Park
  2. Taos Pueblo, Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, and even a drive up Taos Canyon to the Veterans Memorial in Moreno Valley

3:00 pm Optional tour provided by Taos tour guide

6:00 pm Cocktails

7 – 10:00 pm Dinner

Tonight’s accommodations and dinner will be at the Lodge at Chama. 

Day Two
8:30 – 10:00 am Breakfast
10:30 am Depart
12:00 pm Lunch at Yearout Ranch
1:30 pm Depart with options:
1. Detour to Great Sand Dunes National Park
2. Taos Pueblo, Rio Grande Gorge Bridge, and even a drive up Taos Canyon to the Veterans Memorial in Moreno Valley
3:00 pm Optional tour provided by Taos tour guide
6:00 pm Cocktails at El Monte Sagrado
7 – 10:00 pm Dinner