Guide to the WestPart of the

Albuquerque, NM

ABQtoRedLoopCaptionedAirport Code: ABQ (Click here for Flights and car rentals, you will want to book your hotels individually after you’ve planed your itinerary)

Airport Address: Albuquerque International Sunport, 2200 Sunport Boulevard Southeast, Albuquerque, NM 87106

If Albuquerque, NM is your base, and you LOVE Native American Cliff Dwellings, be sure to hit Bandelier National Monument before you hit the rest of the Red Loop.


First Stop: Chaco Canyon Cultural Center 

Click on the Day # to get a premade map.

Day 1 (Window RockCanyon De Chelly & Petrified Forest National Park)

Hotel after Day 1: Flagstaff, AZ or Tusayan, AZ

Day 2 (Grand CanyonWaterholes HikeHorseshoe Bend and Antelope Canyon Hike)

Hotel after Day 2: Page, AZ or Kanab, Utah

Day 3 (Glen Canyon DamToad Stools HikeThe Wave HikePink Coral Sands and Zions National Park)

Hotel after Day 3: St. George, UT or Cedar City, Utah

Day 4 (Cedar BreaksBryce NPKodachrome State ParkZebra CanyonCapitol Reef & Goblin Valley)

Hotel after Day 4:Green River, Utah

Day 5 (Canyonlands & Arches National Park)

Hotel after Day 5: Moab, Utah or if you feel like driving more Blanding, Utah or Monticello, Utah (much cheaper than Moab)

Day 6 (Butler Wash RuinsNatural BridgesValley of the GodsGooseneckMonument ValleyHovenweep)

Hotel after Day 6: There are many cheap options in Cortez, Co

Day 7 (Mesa Verde,  Bisti Badlands and De-Na-Zin Wilderness & Chaco Canyon)

Hotel after Day 7:  Back to Albuquerque!