My wife and I (late 50's early 60's) are planning a 2 week trip to Colorado this August. I would like to fly into and out of Denver. I want to focus on the southwest part of the state. I am looking for a doable itinerary (driving) that we can drive 3 hours at a time, stay at a nice place for a few days before moving on to the next destination. I was thinking of either making a clockwise loop from Denver going south or a counter-clockwise loop from Denver. (Does it really make a differenc?) We love the small town feel and scenery, a little hiking, tours, etc. I would like to avoid large tourist traps like Aspen, etc.
I want to get to Durango area for sure. What other towns along the way (say 3 hours driving) would you suggest we stop to spend a few days exploring? I was thinking that in 2 weeks we could stay at 4-5 places along the loop. Please help....The more I learn, the more confused I become. Thanks a lot folks