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Old 05-17-2016, 07:16 AM   #1
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Creede to Silverton CO in July

Heading to CO this summer and want to take county road 520 "Stony Pass Road" from Creede to Silverton probably in mid July. The maps indicate no problems from Creede to Rio Grande Reservoir but past that heading west the road turns 4X4. I travel with a F350 DRW 4X4 with a Fox 990 truck camper. Does anyone have experience with this route and any recommendations? I plan to fish Ute Creek that feeds into the Rio Grande at the reservoir and will be basically traveling counter clockwise around Weminuche Winderness. If I can make it over this road it would save quite a few miles. Thoughts
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Heading to CO this summer and want to take county road 520 "Stony Pass Road" from Creede to Silverton probably in mid July. The maps indicate no problems from Creede to Rio Grande Reservoir but past that heading west the road turns 4X4. I travel with a F350 DRW 4X4 with a Fox 990 truck camper. Does anyone have experience with this route and any recommendations? I plan to fish Ute Creek that feeds into the Rio Grande at the reservoir and will be basically traveling counter clockwise around Weminuche Winderness. If I can make it over this road it would save quite a few miles. Thoughts
Have not driven it so I looked on google. this might be of some help,

http://3upadventures.com/2015/07/31/...ds-stony-pass/

looks good,

BOL,
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My summer home is in the area. I've been over Stony Pass in my Jeep and my ATV and I'd never take a full size truck camper up it. But that's your choice. Like any 4x4 road, it varies quite a bit based on weather & water levels. The east side of the pass above the RG Resv is worse that the western side down to Howardsville. The spots that usually cause problems are the stream crossings. The Pole Creek crossing sometimes involves an 18" drop into fast moving water. Take a look at this youtube video for a good overview. The mine tour at the end was a side trip. (this video from 8/2012 was after a few years drought and low water conditions)

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Thanks for the info, looks problematic. Takes only one small part of the road to create a breakdown, think I'll have to backtrack and go around. Thanks again!
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I wouldn't recommend taking your truck & camper over that road. It's very narrow, steep and curvy in spots. We've done it often in a Jeep.

It's 4-wheeling etiquette that on a hill the uphill party has the right-of-way. The one coming down needs to pull over far enough to let him by or back up until he finds a pull over spot. This can be problematic with a big truck.
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Absolutely no way I would attempt it as it gets very narrow with no pull outs. We did it in an FJ and it truly was challenging in many spots as it seems to turn into more of a 4 wheeler trail. The portion to which I refer is STONEY with little else making the "road bed". Just told my wife of your post and she quickly same no way!


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