The Phoenix to Denver road trip is a fantastic drive, filled with stunning scenery and culture, no matter which route you take. Below are our two suggestions.
Antelope Canyon Route
Our recommended trip – through Flagstaff and Moab – is beautiful, but can get a bit tricky in winter, so always check the roads if you are travelling at a snowy time of year.
Phoenix – Flagstaff
Pick up your Imoova $1/night relocation car early in Phoenix. Remember to have a credit card in your name and a valid licence. Drive towards Flagstaff. Give yourself plenty of time to absorb the beautiful views and scenic drives of the Coconino Forest.
Stay: There are a number of campgrounds around Flagstaff. Try Flagstaff KOA, which has RV sites, tent sites or lodging.
Flagstaff – Moab
Take the slight detour to see Antelope Canyon. There are plenty more detours to take such as the Navajo National Monument and Monument Valley. Alternatively you could allow yourself more time through this part and stop for the night in Bluff. This would leave you with around 7-8 hours to drive from Bluff to Denver the next day.
Stay: For a bit of a luxurious serenity, spend the night at Under Canvas. If ‘glamping’ is not your thing, there are plenty of inns or campgrounds that will do the job.
Moab – Denver
Make sure to see some of the stunning scenery along the way from Moab to Denver. See the Grand Junction National Monument and stop in Vail if you have time. Drop off your vehicle in Denver before the office closes. Eat your fill of green chile and tamales, see the Santa Fe Arts District, head to ‘SoBo’ (South Broadway) for some antiques or ‘LoDo’ (Lower Downtown) for some dining and sight seeing.
For more ideas for this Phoenix to Denver road trip check out Roadtrippers.com maps.
New Mexico Route
Phoenix – Albuquerque
Be prepared for a long 6-7 hour drive, stopping off in the Petrified Forest National Park, the south of the Navajo Nation Reservation or the El Malpais National Conservation Area. When you arrive in Albuquerque, check out the Old Town, where most restaurants will be open until about 8pm.
Stay: In a hotel in the city, or RV camping in Cibola Campgrounds.
You might have time in the morning to see some more Albuquerque attractions – eg Indian Pueblo Cultural Centre – before you hit the road.
Albuquerque – Santa Fe or Las Vegas
Drive a short drive to Santa Fe, where you might have time to see the Museum of Indian Arts & Culture; San Miguel Chapel, or go for a hike on Canyon Road.
Continue on to Las Vegas or to Ghost Ranch in Abiquiu or Taos. Stop in Pueblo or Colorado Springs to rest before a quick drive to Denver the next day.
Imoova also has more relocation options for Phoenix to Las Vegas or Los Angeles for $1/day.
For more road trip inspiration see our Miami to New York itinerary or see what some Imoova customers have done on their trips!