I will be traveling from Albuquerque to Durango in September and would like to stop off somewhere along the way. I am trying to decide between the places mentioned in the subject line. Bisti/De-Na-Zin sounds like a fascinating place, but I'm afraid my wife (who is a bit less adventurous than I) might not like it since its off the beaten path, and will result in a much longer trip overall. Going via Aztec is a more direct route, and looks like a "safer" choice.
I would greatly appreciate hearing other member opinions on the matter.