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Phoenix - Telluride - Thanksgiving 2015

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First time, long time....6'2" 190 *ding*

 

Hello fellow shredders, I've been hanging in the shadows for a minute or two, but thought it was time to jump in with the sharks.

 

Long story shot, the wife and I moved from DEN to PHX last spring and are continuing our tradition of spending Thanksgiving in the CO mountains and Telluride is the spot this year. This is my second time to Telluride, but first driving from PHX to Telluride (drove PHX to Breck in March), thought it would be a good idea to get some feedback/input from the wizards of Epic Ski. We're leaving PHX on 11/25, and leaving Telluride afternoon of 11/29.

 

Already have searched thru all the Telluride threads on this site, but thought I'd see if I could squeeze out any more juicy tidbits. 

 

A couple questions that have come to mind:

-What's the best route to take? PHX-Flag-4 Corners? PHX-Holbrook-Gallup?

-Any decent places to make gas/potty breaks along the way? Wifey is not the biggest fan of the selections in Tuba City.

-Staying in town, what are some of your favorite spots to hit? 

-Having never driven into town from the south is there a grocery store close to town I can stop at to get my Thanksgiving day supplies or should I bring from PHX?

-What's the best bottle shop in town? I'll be hoping to load up on the local CO brews that I cannot get in AZ.

 

I'm sure I'll come up with more in the coming days, but looking forward to pages and pages of feedback ha!

post #2 of 6

Regarding food and booze in town, we mostly ate at Baked in Telluride (easier, quicker fare..a little less over the top), Smugglers Brew Pub (typical pub food but pretty good) and the New Sheridan.  We tried some other places, Floradora (pretty good), Brown Dog Pizza (believe it or not, I'm not that into pizza generally..) and Brown Bag.  Brown Bag was good as well.  We got our hooch at Telluride Bottle Works, which is right beside Smugglers pretty much.  We stayed at Camels Garden (a lovely place by the way, with great access to the gondola..I likely would go back there again and again..) and those places were convenient for us. 

 

My only caveat is the restaurants on the main drag seemed to fill up pretty good around normal dinner time.  I suggest early or late or reservations.  It was murder around 6-7pm.

 

Big time jealous, I love that place.  And it looks like they're going to have a good year.  Have a great time and post pics!  :)

post #3 of 6

Phoenix to Flag through the Navajo wasteland to Cortez is your best bet.  Eat and gas in Flagstaff or Cortez, if you have to stop in Tuba the little pizza shop is the place to go, actually pretty decent.  I'd probably get groceries in Cortez or haul up a stuff from Phoenix, Telluride has no Wal-Mart but they do have places to buy food but at mountain town prices.

 

Take note of the peaks to your left as you drive through Flagstaff and don't forget to ski them this winter.  Snowbowl has terrain that is just as good as CO.

post #4 of 6

One more tip for OP.  88.1 FM is the Hopi tribal radio station.  I highly encourage you to tune in and expand your cultural horizons as you drive through their lands.  Just trust me on this one. 

post #5 of 6

Fun! Enjoy Telluride!

 

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-What's the best route to take? PHX-Flag-4 Corners? PHX-Holbrook-Gallup?

-Any decent places to make gas/potty breaks along the way? Wifey is not the biggest fan of the selections in Tuba City.

There are lots of nice route options that give you some different scenery, and it's well worth exploring some of the alternatives, especially if you're new to the area.

-Going through Gallup is actually pretty much the only way I wouldn't really recommend--it's mostly flat, uninteresting high desert and the wind can really blow. And even though the speed limit's higher, it's sufficiently out of the way that it's not really going to save any time.

-Flagstaff - Tuba City - Kayenta - Cortez is the most heavily traveled, and a beautiful route, but it sounds like maybe you've been through there before. Navajo National Monument is worth a quick detour if you've got a little time, although I don't really remember what the restroom situation there is like.

- Payson - Holbrook - Chinle - Cortez is much less traveled, but about the same amount of time from the east valley, at least. If you haven't yet visited the Mogollon Rim, it's well worth it. And Canyon de Chelly is another pretty spot. The restrooms at the visitor center are nice--more spartan at the overlooks, based on my several-years-old memory.

- Indian Route 15 is a nicely-paved, mostly empty road through some spectacular country. A lot of maps won't show it as a main road, but it's a good choice. Depending on your exact routing, it'll probably add a few minutes up to maybe a half hour to the drive, but nice variety if the weather's ok. Use the restroom in Flagstaff or Winona, since there aren't a lot of choices on that route.

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-Having never driven into town from the south is there a grocery store close to town I can stop at to get my Thanksgiving day supplies or should I bring from PHX?

Stop in Cortez or bring from Phoenix, like core2 says. If you shop at Fry's in Phoenix, the same card/points apply at City Market in Cortez.

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Love the insight, thanks! Based on what I'm hearing is I'll pack up the groceries here in PHX and haul them up, lucky it's just us two,  space won't be an issue. We'll also definitely check out 88.1 FM, you're the second person to offer that advice!

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