Summer 2012 Documentary Trip 10-Day Itinerary
Day 1: Tuesday May 15: 6:30 a.m. Fly from Dayton, Ohio to Denver, Colorado at 7:24a.m. … check out car 8 a.m.… drive south and west, West of Walsenburg, Colorado, Driving to Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve (SE Colorado), tour Adams State Campus in Alamosa, Colorado (where my dad used to teach 40 years ago), drive through Wolf Creek Pass to Pagosa Springs, Colorado for hot springs, stay overnight.
Day 2: Wednesday May 16: Soak in the hot sulfur springs again in Pagosa Springs, Colorado, Chimney Rock, Mesa Verde National Park (SW Colorado), drive up northwest to Moab, Utah, Wilson Arch, downtown Moab, Utah, stay overnight.
Day 3: Thursday May 17: Arches National Park, Wilson Arch, Drive south to Natural Bridges National Monument, incredible overlook north of Monument Valley, Goosenecks State Park, drive south to stay overnight in Mexican Hat, Utah at the north edge of Monument Valley.
Day 4: Friday May 18: Monument Valley, drive west to Page, Arizona, Antelope Canyon, Glen Canyon Dam, Horseshoe Bend, drive through Vermillion Cliffs, Colorado River bridge overlook, stay overnight in Kanab, Utah.
Day 5: Saturday May 19: Zion National Park, Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park.
Day 6: Sunday May 20: Driving north to Bryce Canyon National Park, drive east through Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument, watching the solar eclipse, stay overnight in Escalante, Utah.
Day 7: Monday May 21: Drive east to Capital Reef National Park, drive up to I-70 to stay overnight in Green River, Utah.
Day 8: Tuesday May 22: Canyonlands National Park: Island in the Sky region, scenic drive on Route-128 up to I-70, stay overnight nearby Fruita, Colorado.
Day 9: Wednesday May 23: Drive back east along scenic I-70 through the Rocky Mountains to east Denver, fill up gas tank of rental car, check in at Drury Inn, eat at 5:30 p.m. Kickback stay overnight.
Day 10: Thursday May 24: Breakfast at Drury Inn, bring back rental car by 8:30 a.m., 10:50 a.m. fly back home from Denver, Colorado to Dayton, Ohio at 3:23 p.m.