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Trip Report Australian couple enjoyed a hot, relaxed month in Four Corners area

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My husband and I had a month's holiday in New Mexico, Arizona, Utah and Colorado in June this year. We’ve visited America many times and love holidaying there. Here is a brief rundown of places visited and a few observations.

Flight from Melbourne to LAX, then on to Albuquerque (about a 20 hour journey)
Santa Fe
Farmington
Monument Valley (The View Hotel)
Moab – visited Arches and Canyonlands
Ouray – visited Telluride
Durango
Montrose – visited Black Canyon of the Gunnison
Grand Junction
Glenwood Springs
Estes Park – visited Rocky Mountain National Park
Broomfield
Denver – flew to LAX with connection to Melbourne

There was really hot weather the whole month of our trip. It was around 35-38 degrees (Celsius) almost every day and a real dry heat. The heat and lack of humidity was wonderful though I could feel my lips and skin crying out for moisture. We made sure to drink lots of water and wore long sleeves if we were out walking for hours and hats and sunscreen.

There were massive wildfires in Colorado and we had concerns about getting too close and being in danger. The one up near High Park, north of Rocky Mountain National Park was our biggest worry but we had 4 days in Estes Park and had no problems at all. Of course it is dreadful for those people who lost their homes and belongings in the fires.

We picked up a hire car on arrival in Albuquerque and dropped it back at Denver airport. This was one of quite a few driving holidays in America. It’s a country that really lends itself to those sort of trips whereas in Europe you are much better off using public transport, to our way of thinking anyway.

We found drivers more courteous and polite, and generally safer than in Australia, and were curious why? Maybe it’s the threat of litigation or maybe there is a greater police presence.

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