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Utah, Colorado and New Mexico road trip info

June 17, 2012

FUEL COSTS

Based on Corporate Average Fuel Economy standards (about 27 mpg) and using AAA's survey-based national average price of $3.54 a gallon for gas last week, it would have cost you about $350 to drive the 2,647 miles from Los Angeles on the route described.

WHERE TO STAY

Zion Park Motel, 865 Zion Park Blvd., Springdale, Utah; (435) 772-3251, http://www.zionparkmotel.com. Simple lodgings with flat-screen TV, refrigerator, microwave and a scenic pool. Doubles from $84.

San Juan Inn, Highway 163 and the San Juan River, Mexican Hat, Utah; (800) 447-2022, http://www.sanjuaninn

.net. No-frills rooms overlook the San Juan River with a lovely deck. Doubles from $88.

Apache Motel, 166 S. 400 East, Moab, Utah; (800) 228-6882, http://www.apachemotelinmoab.com.

The Apache is charming but run down and has a small pool. Doubles from $45.

El Pueblo Lodge, 412 Paseo Del Pueblo Norte, Taos, N.M.; (575) 758-8700, http://www.elpueblolodge.com. Manicured grounds with BBQ pits, a swimming pool and hot tub and rooms with balconies and refrigerators. Doubles from $89.

El Rancho Hotel & Motel, 1000 E. Highway 66, Gallup, N.M.; (505) 863-9311, http://www.elranchohotel.com. Large and lodge-like, the El Rancho features rustic Western rooms with wagon-wheel bed frames. Doubles from $87.

WHERE TO EAT

Milt's Stop & Eat, 356 Mill Creek Drive, Moab, Utah; (435) 259-7424, http://www.miltsstopandeat.com. Classic 1950s diner featuring grass-fed, hormone-free beef and hand-cut fries. Burgers from $4.29.

Michael's Kitchen, 304 C N. Pueblo Road, Taos, N.M.; (575) 758-4178, http://www.michaelskitchen.com. Spicy New Mexican specialties mingle with classic American diner food and a bakery at this Taos landmark. Entrees from $7.35.

TO LEARN MORE

For more pictures of classic roadside neon signs, go to http://www.roadsidepeek.com.

Information on Zion, Monument Valley and Arches national parks: http://www.nps.gov/findapark.

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