OMG GET OFF Hwy 160 & take the Scenic Route! + ADD NEW ROUTE
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Heading East out of Durango follow signs to the airport. Take 172 south to Ignacio, past the Casino, turn left in the middle of town on 151 head for Allison, Tiffany, Arboles, Lake Navajo State partk. Continue on to Chimney Rock and back onto 160 East.
Hwy 160 is busy and packed with RV's, commercial trucks and commuters. Hwys 151/172 are pastoral, scenic, uncrowded, with spectacular views of the La Plata Mountains (when heading West) follows a river valley from Arboles to Chimney Rock headed East At least 12 miles longer than 160 and worth every minute you ride. Why oh Why does ANYONE take 160?
Repaved within the past 3 years in excellent repair smooth not lumpy few if any potholes minor construction at one curve did I mention the scenery?
Youve got the cute little town of Ignacio with The Patio restaurant for blue plates, Thriftway and Alon for gas and a Country Market with gas (premium) at the entrance to Lake Navajo State Park. Hwy 160 / 172 Intersection aka "Elmores Corner" has fuel, convenience and liquor. There is a coffee shop near the Sunoco along 160 just before you GET to 172 when coming out of Durango. And the cafeteria at Mercy Hospital is good for breakfast/lunch in addition to all the other choices.
This is just a beautiful alternative to busy Hwy 160 between Durango and Pagosa. You'll be glad you rode it instead of saving 10 minutes, max. the Sky Ute casino just north of Ignacio is fun, has poker games & tourneys, but no buffet anymore. Ask about the steak & shrimp special after 4.
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