looking for suggestions off of interstates to drive from austin to durango, with one overnight stay about midway.
What are you looking for in an overnight stop? Just a quiet place to have dinner and sleep? Or somewhere interesting or scenic to spend a few hours exploring?
Are you interested in staying a night in Santa Fe? That would be one option, but personally I think the drive between Santa Fe and Espanola is not pleasant...very congested.
Normally I'd say go to Clayton and west to Cimarron and spend the night there or in Angel Fire or Taos or Red River. But there's been a major fire near Cimarron and I'd check with the New Mexico forum folks to see if they can advise on conditions. If you went to Raton and then to Trinidad, you'd only have a very few miles of interstate, then turn off to take scenic byway Colorado Hwy 12, Highway of legends. Then take CO160 west to Pagosa Springs and on to Durango, with a detour to see the Great Sand Dunes if you wish. sangres.com/colorado/….Wy0UqqdKhPYEdited: 23 June 2018, 01:01
thank you for your detailed reply. We are looking for a nice place to stay, with dinner, not interested in sightseeing, etc. We don't like interstate travel, and also want to avoid congested highways. we considered going to Clovis, for first night then up to Durango, any opinion on that?
@kbw636, we're driving from Austin to southeastern Colorado three days from now and we are staying in Clovis overnight. We've also stayed there two other times while driving to Red River, NM. There is zero to do in Clovis, but the La Quinta and the HOliday Inn Express on Prince Street (right across the street from each other) are both good choices.
I'll also add that there is a great gas station/convenience store in Springer, NM. It's a large place, big parking lot, with a restaurant and small store for drinks, snacks, etc.Edited: 23 June 2018, 02:29
The fire near Cimarron is 100% contained and the road is open from Cimarron to Eagle Nest. No stopping on the highway and there was fire damage to the forest along the road.
The large gas station/store is actually a few miles north of the town of Springer at the exit to drive west to Cimarron, Hwy 58.
Depending on how far you want to drive the first day, Clovis May be a good spot. We went to Durango in March from Austin area and we left in the afternoon due to school and we made it Lubbock. We stayed at a Hampton Inn which was very nice and left the next morning. I will say day 2 was long! When we do it again, my husband would like to get to Clovis or even Alburquerque because by day 2 we are all tired of being in the car and want to get to our destination.