This was a long day. Upon review, it's better to stop in Grand Junction and maybe do a little hiking there.
Here's the view from I70 in northern Utah.
From there, it transitions to forested mountains. I70 winds through canyons in western slope.
Then you're into the high peaks. Famous ski resorts and towering mountains. The long downhill to Golden is at the end of a very long day.
A place called The Tequileño had some enchiladas that were quite nice.