The Grand Circle Road Trip
The best road trip we’ve ever been on was our version of the Grand Circle. AND that was with 2 babies. We went with some of our closest friends who had a 3-month-old at the time. Fern was much, much older at 7 months.
Basically, the Grand Circle is a loop that runs through parts of Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Nevada. It is known for its numerous national parks and monuments. I’m sure there’s a more exact route, but we went from Colorado, to Utah, to Arizona, to New Mexico and made about ten big stops along the way. Aspen isn’t technically part of this route, but we chose to include it. No regrets!
Day 1: Lubbock, TX to Salida, CO
It’s a seven hour drive from Lubbock to Salida, but we enjoyed a long ice cream break along the way in Red River, New Mexico.
We had reservations at a camp site, but they didn’t tell us it was only for rvs. Thankfully, they let us stay. We backed our suvs up to each other, popped the trunks, and draped a big, blue, tarp over the middle part. Classy right? I’m sure we were quite a sight.
We brought our tent and air mattress, but ended up sleeping in the car quite a bit which worked really well with having a baby. To make it more cozy we brought a mattress topper and laid it and a blanket out and and then our sleeping bags.
Day 2: Salida, CO to Aspen, CO
The Grand Circle has some of the most beautiful sites to see. The drives each day went by so fast!
We arrived in Aspen with a few hours of daylight left. Nate really loves John Denver so we went to see the John Denver Sanctuary. Read more about the sanctuary here.
Day 3: Maroon Bells
Hands down the most beautiful stop on our grand circle and one of the most breathtaking sites I’ve ever seen.
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