From Chaco to Moab, Utah

We are planning a trip to Chaco in Sept. We will be in Abg for 2 nites then want to spend 2 days/nites in the Chaco region, then head up to Moab. Any suggestions? – S

If you’re in the Chaco campground for a night, you may want to plan on one of the backcountry hikes, especially Pueblo Alto.

Heading out of Chaco towards Moab, you’ll pass near Aztec, New Mexico, and probably should stop to see Aztec National Monument. Its shady green riverside location is quite a contrast to Chaco. Its ruins have unique features and there is a restored great kiva.

North of Aztec/Farmington/Bloomfield, there are at least two very different choices. Ruins fans should head through Cortez, west to Hovenweep. The ruins there are smaller but in great shape and very interesting.

Then find your way over to Blanding, Utah, for Edge of the Cedars State Park. Between there and Moab are lots of side trips to canyons galore.

If we ignore that route and you aren’t after more ruins, then I’d go to Durango and north through Silverton and Ouray. That is amazing alpine country. Soak up some cool before Moab.

Write again anytime. Let me know how the trip turns out. mjh