Vacations To Go


50 Years in the Making


Day 1 Saturday September 23rd  
  Depart: Spokane  
  Do: Flight  
  Arrive: Denver  
  Do: Rent a Car  


Day 2 Sunday September 24th  
9:00 a.m. Depart: Denver  
    (Go north on I-25. Take exit 217A onto Hwy 36.)  
10:25 a.m. Arrive: Estes Park 65
  See: Rocky Mountain National Park  
  Lodge: Coyote Mountain Lodge $142.80/$136.16
1340 Big Thompson Ave
Estes Park, CO 80517
48 hour cancellaton
(2 Queens/King, AC, micro, fridge, continental breakfast)


Day 3 Monday September 25th  
9:00 a.m. Depart: Estes Park  
    (Go back out on Hwy 36. In Boulder go left on Table Mesa Dr. Turn left on Hwy 93. It will become Hwy 6 and finally Hwy 470 after crossing I-70. Take exit 5A left on Hwy 285. At Poncha Spring go left on Hwy 50.)  
3:30 p.m. Arrive: Montrose 314
    (Go north on Hwy 347.)  
  See: Black Canyon of the Gunnison 7
    South Rim Visitor Center (8-5)  
  Arrive: Montrose 7
  Lodge: Super 8 $123 or Stay Wise Inns of Montrose $94  


Day 4 Tuesday September 26th  
9:00 a.m. Depart: Montrose  
    (Go south on Hwy 550. At Ridgway go right on Sherman/Hwy 62. At Placerville go left on Hwy 145. Turn right on Hwy 145 at Telleride. At Cortez go left on Hwy 160. Turn right on Mesa Top Ruins Rd.)  
12:30 p.m. Arrive: Mesa Verde National Park 162
  See: Mesa Verde Visitor and Research Center  
    Mancos Valley Overlook  
    Geologic Overlook  
    Lunch: Far View Terrace Cafe & Gift Shop  
    Far View House-.75 roundtrip  
    Coyote Village  
    Cedar Tree Tower  
    Spruce Tree Terrace Cafe  
    Petroglyph Point Trail  
    Soda Canyon Overlook-1.2 mile with views of Balcony House  
    Balcony House  
    Hemenway House  
    Cliff Palace  
    Navajo Canyon View  
    Square Tower House  
    Mesa Top Sites  
    Sun Point View  
    Sun Temple  
  Lodge: Far View Lodge $177.21
Cancel 72 hours before
(2 queens


Day 5 Wednesday September 27th  
9:00 a.m. Do: Finish seeing Mesa Verde  
12:00 p.m. Depart: Mesa Verde  
    (Go back out to Hwy 160 and turn left. In Cortez turn left on Hwy 491. Turn right on Hwy 160.)  
  Do: Take picture of colorful Colorado sign.  
    (Continue into New Mexico on Hwy 160. Turn right on Hwy 597.)  
1:00 p.m. Arrive: Four Corners 50
    (Go back on Hwy 597. At Teec Nos Pos turn left on Hwy 64. In Farmington go right on Hwy 371. At Raytheon go left on Hwy 7010. go right on Hwy 550. Turn right onto I-25.)  
5:15 p.m. Arrive: Albuquerque, NM 242


Day 6 Thursday September 28th  
9:00 a.m. Depart: Albuquerque  
    (Go east on I-40. Take exit 218 right onto Hwy 285. At Carlsbad go right on Hwy 658 and left on Radio Blvd. Go right on Boyd Dr. Go right on Hwy 62.)  
2:00 p.m. Arrive: Carlsbad 302
  See: Carlsbad Caverns  
  Lodge: MainStay Suites $138 or Quality Inn & Suites $142  


Day 7 Friday September 29th  
  See: Carlsbad Caverns  
3:00 p.m. Depart: Carlsbad  
    (Go back on Hwy 62. Turn left on Boyd Dr. Go left on Radio Blvd. Turn right on Hwy 658. Go left on Lea/Hwy 524. Turn left on Hwy 285. Go left on Hwy 52 and right on Hwy 53. Go left on Main/Hwy 82. Turn left on Hwy 54. Go right on Hwy 70.)  
3 hr 20 min Arrive: White Sand National Park 181
  See: White Sands National Park Visitor Center (9-5)
Gift Shop & some food(7-6)
    Dunes Drive-8 miles each way  
    Interdune Boardwalk-.4 mile RT  
    Playa Trail-.5 mile RT
6 p.m.   Sunset Stroll-.5 miles from VC Free  
35 min Arrive: White Sands 35


Day 8 Saturday September 30th  
8:00 a.m. Depart: White Sands  
    (Go North on Hwy 213 and left/west on Hwy 70 At Las Cruces go right on I-25. Take exit 147 left on Hwy 60. Turn right on Hwy 191. At St Johns go left on Hwy 180. Turn right on Petrified Forest Rd.)  
2:10 p.m. See Petrified Forest National Park 389
    Rainbow Forest Museum  
    Giant Logs Trail- .4 RT
Largest and most coloful logs in the park. "Old Faithful" at the top of the trail is almost 10 ft wide.
    Long Logs- 1.6 RT
Largest concentration of petrified wood i the park. Paved for .5 miles.
    Crystal Forest- .75 RT
Named for the presence of beautiful crystals that can be found the logs.
    Agate Bridge  
    The Tepees  
    Puerco Pueblo-.3 mile
A paved walk amidst the remains of a hundred room pueblo, occupied by the ancestral Puebloan people over 600 years ago. Petroglyphs can be viewed along the south end of the trail. 
    Lacey Point  
    Whipple Point  
    Pintado Point  
    Painted Desert Inn
National landmark made in 1920's made of petrified wood
  Do: Painted Desert Visitor Center (8-5)
Painted Desert Diner
    (Go right on I-40.)  
25 min. Arrive: Holbrook, AZ 26


Day 9 Sunday October 1st  
9:00 a.m. Depart Holbrook  
    (Go west on I-40. Take exit 165 on Hwy 64.)  
11:40 a.m. Arrive: South Grand Canyon  
  See: Grand Canyon Visitor Center  
    Yavapai and Geology Museum  
    Market Plaza: Canyon Village Market (7-8)  
    Verkamp's Visitor Center  
    Hopi House History  
    Hermit Road shuttle  
  Lodge: Bright Angel Lodge  


Day 10 Monday October 2nd  
12:00 p.m. Depart: South Rim Grand Canyon  
    (Go east on Hwy 64. Turn left on Hwy 89. Continue on Hwy 89A. Turn left o Hwy 67.)  
  See: Duck on a Rock Viewpoint  
    Thor's Hammer Overlook  
    Grandview Point  
    Moran Point  
    Navajo Poit  
    Desert View Watchtower  
    Little Colorado River Gorge Overlook  
4 hrs Arrive: North Rim Grand Canyon 208
  Lodge: Grand Canyon Lodge  


Day 11 Tuesday October 3rd  
  See: North Rim Visitor Center (9-5)  
    Bright Angel Point-.5 mile RT  
1:00 p.m. Depart: North Rim Grand Canyon  
    (Go north n Hwy 67. Go left on Hwy 89A. In Moab go left on Center/Hwy 89. At Mt. Caramel Jct go left on Hwy 9. Go right on Zion Cyn Rd.)  
2 hr 40 min Arrive: Zion National Park 122
  See: Court of the Patriarchs Viewpoint  
    Emerald Pools Tra  
  Lodge: Zion Lodge $237
(2 Queen, Bath, CM, AC, no elevator)
  Do: Red Rock Grill Dining Room or Castle Dome Cafe  


Day 12 Wednesday October 4th  
  See: Lower Emeral Pool  
    Big Bend Viewpoint  
    Temple of Sinawava  
3:00 p.m. Depart: Zion National Park  
    (Go back out on Zion Cyn Rd. Turn left on Zion Park Blvd. At Mt Carmel Jct turn left on Hwy 89. Go right on Hwy 12. Turn right on Hwy 63.)  
5:00 p.m. Arrive: Bryce National Park 84
  Lodge: Lodge at Bryce Canyon $264/$254 lodge/$281/$271 cabin
(2 queens/King, fridge, micro, rollaway/2 queens, fireplace)


Day 13 Thursday October 5th  
  See: Bryce  
    Bryce Canyon National Park Visitor Center  
    North Campground General Store  
    Piracy Point  
    Farview Point  
    Bryce National Bridge  
    Agua Canyon Overlook  
    Ponderosa Canyon  
    Black Birch Canyon  
    Rainbow Point  
  Lodge: Lodge at Bryce Canyon $264/$254 lodge/$281/$271 cabin
(2 queens/King, fridge, micro, rollaway/2 queens, fireplace)


Day 14 Friday October 6th  
12:00 p.m. Depart: Bryce  
    (Go right on Hwy 63. Go left on Hwy 12. Turn right on Hwy 89. Go left on Hwy 20. Turn right on I-15. Take exit 308 west/left.)  
4:00 p.m. Arrive: Salt Lake City  


Day 15 Saturday October 7th  
  Depart: Salt Lake City  
  Do: Flight  
  Arrive: Spokane, WA