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Old 03-02-2016, 09:39 PM   #1
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Another Colorado Road Question

How about traveling Hwy 34 from Estes Park to Grand Lake with a big rig, towing?

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That takes you thru Rocky Mountain National Park on Trail Ridge Road. Some very tight switch backs. There maybe a length limit. This time of year it is closed due to snow.
They try to have it opened by Memorial Day
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http://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvisi...ridge_road.htm
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I have driven this road several times in a car. Great drive, not to be missed.

However I would not drive a big rig (motor home or fifth wheel) on this route. Narrow road, tight turns, windy, etc.
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No length limits that I know of. Yes there are switchbacks but you shouldn't have an issue. Do use low gear/engine brake so you don't smoke the brakes. Road typically doesn't open until late May, later if there has been heavy snowfall. Not much chance if any for a large rig to make a u-turn if it isn't open all the way through.
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Thanks. We would be driving it in early September. Any problem there?

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I would call it having big wide turns, not switchbacks. Switchbacks are sharp bends or hairpin turns. Best time to drive it in a big rig would early morning before all the day tourists start getting on the road.
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We have definitely driven it with a truck and travel trailer, but not as big as your rig and we are very experienced in mountain driving. We have seen equivalent rigs doing it just fine also. How comfortable are you with going down steep grades with curves? Note that when Estes Park had their last big flood a couple of years ago, the town was supplied by trucks across that road.

To me, the disadvantage of taking a big rig there is that there probably won't be space to pull off and see the incredible views! I second the recommendation to start early. September is a very popular time in the park.
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Drove up in our 42, 2 years ago, was slow but no issue. State park up there was tight for a 42.
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Drove up in our 42, 2 years ago, was slow but no issue. State park up there was tight for a 42.
There is no state park on that highway. Perhaps you are thinking of another highway.
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