Hi all. I am a total newbie to the New Mexico/Colorado/Arizona forums and would appreciate some guidance. I am trying to plan a trip to begin in Albuquerque in May. Up to 10 days. Since I am a woman traveling on my own, I am looking for a group, and have found trips through Road Scholar (formerly Elderhostel) that look appealing. One is "On the road: Four Corners Canyon Country", in association with Northern Arizona University, that spends 3 nights in Mesa Verde National Park, CO at Far View lodge, and 3 nights just outside of National Monument in Canyon de Chelly, AZ in Holiday Inn, with arrival night in Albuquerque at Best Western Rio Grande Inn. Does this sound like a well balanced trip? It seems pretty active, which appeals to me.
This is probably the only time I will ever fly to this area. I would add at least 2 nights on my own to this trip in order to see Santa Fe. Can you suggest the best way to travel there and back from Albuquerque? And where is the best area to stay in Santa Fe? Should I also plan an extra night in Albuquerque? Without it, I will not have any time there, since that first night is just a get acquainted night and then we leave early the next morning for Mesa Verde.
I appreciate anyone who weighs in with suggestions, ideas, alternatives. Thanks in advance.