My husband (fiancé at the time) and I decided to take a road trip from Colorado to Arizona last fall. Fall is the perfect time for a road trip. The weather is perfect, the leaves are changing, and you realize why road trips can be so much fun.
We had a cooler in the back which we packed full of bread, cheese and meat to make sandwiches along the way. This allowed us to stop at parks to eat, to save money and soak up extra scenery.
The best part of this trip is the Cisco shortcut. The scenery with this shortcut is world class, and is very easy to miss if you are just cruising down I-70. This turn off was recommended to us by my parents, and to them by a local. It is a must see.
Taking I-70 west from Denver, CO you get to go thru the mountains. One of my favorite things to do is stop in Georgetown for ice cream or a meal. The cute/historic part of Georgetown is a little hidden, so make sure to follow the signs for the business/historic district.
Highway 6, 128 – Cisco
Right after you enter Utah there will be a sign for Cisco. This was the detour my parents recommended, and we almost missed it. It is well worth it, as this shortcut takes you to some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Once you are on 6, make sure to follow 128. You will pass Arches National park, and the scenery you see along the way is almost just as good as the world class national park right next to the road (Arches).
191 – Moab
Moab is a cute little city, and another great place to stop for a meal and to walk around. You’ll stay on 191 for a while until you hit I-40. This is where the breathtaking scenery ends (although, the scenery is still very nice).
You drive right thru the Petrified Forest National Park. You would have to actually stop and visit the park to see the petrified forest, as you can’t see anything from the road.
Discreetly tucked away to the west is a city called Sedona. A top travel destination for those who are into self healing. They have healing triangles, sweat tents, and wonderful walking trails. You would have to go out of your way to see Sedona.
Further down you will pass Phoenix which is a major metropolitan city. Tempe, which is right next door to Phoenix, is a college town and very beautiful.
We took I-10 to Tucson and then got on I-19 S. Tucson is such a great city, and full of wonderful restaurants.
We took I-19 S to Green Valley which is where my Grandmother lived. We stayed at the Wyndham Canoa Ranch Resort which was simply amazing. The hot tubs and swimming pools are some of the most beautiful in the world. We were also able to stay there for $90. The $90 rooms have a weird shape, but well worth it for the atmosphere of the Wyndham.