GOING TO DURANGO, TOUR ROUTE GUIDE
Depart Thursday, September 16th: Gather @ 7:45 and depart @ 8:00
AM sharp from Albertson’s, see below.
Stating point is the Albertson’s center on Carefree highway ¼ mile
East of interstate 17. We meet at the east sided of McDonalds.There is a
restroom available in Albertson’s and McDonalds, also coffee and snacks.
Arrival time is no later than 7:45 and we’ll depart sharply at 8:00 AM.
Colorado is 1 hour ahead of us so we will essentially lose one hour when
we cross the Colorado state line.
We’re going to take interstate 17 to Flagstaff, but we will have a 15
minute comfort break at Camp Verde. There is a McDonalds there if you
want refreshments as well.
We will get back on Interstate 17 to Flagstaff where we will pick up
Hwy 40 east and exit at off ramp 201 Country Club Drive. (This is all
well marked but just slow down watch the signs and pay attention)
Turn left and cross over the freeway (hwy 40) but keep to the right
hand lane and then turn right on highway 89 which comes up real fast.
DO NOT TURN ON TO ROUTE 66.
Our next destination is Cameron for an early lunch, about 45 miles
north of Flagstaff on Hwy 89, we should be arriving around 10:30 but
since we all had an early breakfast, we’ll be ready to eat. We are
estimating about 1 hour for lunch and fuel (Gas at the Cameron Trading
Post) and then we’ll continue north on Hwy 89 and turn right on to
hwy 160 to Tuba City, Kayente, Mexican Water, Tec Nos Pos, then cross
into Colorado (near 4 corners) remain on highway 160 to Cortez. If
needed, we can stop at any of those small towns for a comfort break or
fuel but the next planned stop would be Cortez.
We have no destination planned at Cortez but we’ll keep our eyes open
and select a gas station and call it out on the radio, the next stop is
Durango about 60 more miles.
The total mileage is about 466 door to door. We’re not posting the
estimated arrival times at these waypoints because it really doesn’t
matter; we get there when we get there but the overall time is about 8
hours door to door with stops and with the time change, 9 hours by the
Considering we tend to keep a high average speed we should arrive at
the Hampton Inn at about 5:00 PM Durango time, maybe a bit earlier.
We’ll have time to rest, freshen up and get to enjoy the evening. There
are no club/group plans for that evening, you may want to take the tram
to downtown Durango, walk through the tourists traps and select a
restaurant for dinner. Usually teaming up with another couple or two
makes this more fun. There are a couple restaurants within walking
distance of the Hampton Inn.
Please remember to bring this guide along with a map of Arizona and
Colorado, your FRS radio, club
name tag and start with a full fuel tank.
On the 19th, we will return.
Depart Hampton Inn Parking lot @ 8:00
0800 – full tank and ready to go
and depart on time.
We will depart Durango headed to Cortez
which is the same road we came into town on;
Hwy 160 West. 45 miles.
We will probably need to stop in Cortez to get rid
of the breakfast coffee/tea and, the next 130 miles are going to be a
little short on places to stop.
Coming out of Cortez, we will stay on
Hwy 160 and head south for 20
about miles. At the next junction, we turn right to stay on the 160 and
remain on 160 through Teec Nos Post, Mexican Water, and then
Kayenta which is 163 miles from
Durango and we’ll have lunch there. If anyone needs a comfort break
during the intervening 163 miles, there are a few gas stations in small
towns where this can be addressed, just call it out on your club radio
and we’ll make a short comfort break.
We will have lunch in Kayenta at the
Amigo Cafe. TripAdvisor lists them as the #1 Restaurant in Kayenta.
They are located just North of Hwy 160 on Hwy 163. They will be on the
right side of 143 just after the traffic light at the junction of these
two Highways. Since they don’t take reservations, and might be full when
we get there. Our back-up plan will be to eat at the local
Burger King which is straight ahead on 160 just past the signal on
After lunch we resume driving south on hwy 160
about 174 miles to the town of
Tuba City where another comfort break is available if anyone needs
it, again, call it out on the radio and we’ll stop there.
160 intersects with AZ 89 sixteen miles further
down the road where we turn left on to hwy 89 and toward Cameron.
Essentially, we’re returning on exactly the same route we took up and
things will look familiar to you.
There is almost always a speed trap coming down the
hill out of Tuba City, so be careful, Indian Police love those traffic
fines. If you prefer not to lunch in Kayenta, an alternate will be
Cameron which is 98 miles further, your choice, but it breaks up the
group which isn’t critical. Wherever we or you decide to sop for lunch,
Flagstaff is the next stop and you will probably want to fuel up and
that will get you all the way home.
there is a Shell station just
outside of Flagstaff on the right side of the road, this is before you
start navigating to Interstate 40 West. A few miles on I-40 West, and
then you are going to want to be to the right to transition to
Maybe you want to stop at Rock Springs for
We can discuss it on the two-way radio. Rock
Springs is about 50 miles north of Phoenix.
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