Durango, N.M., to Mesa Verde National Park, Colo.
Riding from the green mountain roads of Durango, N.M., to the heights and wildlife of Mesa Verde, Colo., may not seem like much of a trip. After all, as the crow flies they're only 35 miles (56.3 kilometers) apart. But plotting out a trip through the alpine meadows and waterfalls, and the rich history of old Colorado mining towns like Telluride and Silverton, means high switchbacks and turns, mountain passes, and sheer drops and cliff faces. For a motorcycle adventurer, these challenges are irresistible -- and when the landscape is this beautiful, the scenic route is also the one best traveled.