My husband and I are planning to visit a friend who lives in Durango sometime in mid to late April (possibly early May) for a week. We will be using Durango as a base and staying there most nights.
Our friend knows the area, but I like to get a lot of opinions to put together a loose itinerary. We mostly want to hike and just take in the scenery.
I understand that it will likely be too cold/snowy/muddy to do mountain hikes, but what about the San Juan Skyway and/or Million Dollar highway? I know that the weather is unpredictable, but generally speaking, in mid/late April, would the drives be worth it to take in some views, or should we just plan to spend all our time in a lower elevation?
We have heard Mesa Verde is a must and will likely take a full day, so that is on the list. Besides that, we're not sure. We're interested in visiting the desert and some of the other parks. Would you suggest Canyonlands, Arches, or Monument Valley from Durango? I'm guessing all of these would require a full day?
If anyone has any suggestions or recommendations on an itinerary based out of Durango, I'd appreciate it! Thank you.Edited: 11 February 2013, 16:30