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Old 11-05-2013, 01:26 PM   #1
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Aspen to flagstaff

We are heading home to California by Nov 9th, and want to take our time and go to Flagstaff, and then hit the I-40 into California. We usually take the I 70 to the I 15 but want something more scenic. So we might take Hwy 133 out of Carbondale, then 92 to the 550 south, and then bypass the Ouray to Durango part of 550 and go around through 145 to Cortez.

Looking for recommendations for good rv parks in the Cortez area, and might take a look at the cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde National park area. I have plenty of experience camping in cold weather in our Dutch Star motorhome, and have done lots of high mountain driving, but I don't want to do the Ouray area this time of year.
Any recommendations or warning about my routes this time of year, and about where to stay?
I don't mind camping in the snow, but will not drive my motorhome in it.
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We are heading home to California by Nov 9th, and want to take our time and go to Flagstaff, and then hit the I-40 into California. We usually take the I 70 to the I 15 but want something more scenic. So we might take Hwy 133 out of Carbondale, then 92 to the 550 south, and then bypass the Ouray to Durango part of 550 and go around through 145 to Cortez.

Looking for recommendations for good rv parks in the Cortez area, and might take a look at the cliff dwellings in Mesa Verde National park area. I have plenty of experience camping in cold weather in our Dutch Star motorhome, and have done lots of high mountain driving, but I don't want to do the Ouray area this time of year.
Any recommendations or warning about my routes this time of year, and about where to stay?
I don't mind camping in the snow, but will not drive my motorhome in it.
You need a good weather app for the smartphone.
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Old 11-06-2013, 07:24 AM   #3
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Another interesting route would be to take I-70 west to US 191 south to Moab (Arches, CanyonLands, Dead Horse point, Castle Valley loop) ... then on south on US 161 to Monument Valley.

From there you could go to the south rim of the Grand Canyon ... or head to I-40 at Flagstaff
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I've been the way you are looking at a number of times towing a 34' 5er. On 133 you will have to climb McClure Pass (8,755') and drop down into Hotchkiss and then Delta (I live near Delta at Cedaredge). Delta should have the least expensive gas and diesel for the area. Taking off at Ridgeway (from 550) onto 62, you will have to climb Dallas Divide (8,970'), drop down to the turn-off onto 145, climb Lizard Head Pass (10,272') which is past Telluride, and through Dolores into Cortez (6,201'). There is a nice RV park south of Cortez that is ran by American Indians (don't know the name of the tribe) with a casino and dining. It has full hook-ups which you will need this time of the year. It will be freezing at night so either leave a bit of water running or disconnect your water hose. I have always loved this drive, it passes through some of the most wonderful sights in Colorado.

Watch the weather - we are due to have clear (cold) skies for the next 5 days but it can change fast in the high country.
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Another interesting route would be to take I-70 west to US 191 south to Moab (Arches, CanyonLands, Dead Horse point, Castle Valley loop) ... then on south on US 161 to Monument Valley. From there you could go to the south rim of the Grand Canyon ... or head to I-40 at Flagstaff
Lots to see in monument valley. We stayed in http://www.gouldings.com
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Plans have changed

We are no longer going to Flagstaff.....need to visit a sick relative in Northern California. We are going west on the I-70 from Grand Junction, Co and plan to go north on the I-15, and take either I-50 or I-80 to Reno. I have been told that the I-50 is long and boring. Is the I-80 better for scenic drives, rv parks, and not too much longer?
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I should have looked at the map before my last post. It looks like I will be taking the I-70 west to the Northbound 161/6 Hwy (Army of the Republic Hwy) through Price and Salt Lake and then on to Reno via the I-80. Any warnings about those routes with a 38' diesel pusher towing an empty car dolly?
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Correction

That is the 191/6 not the 161.
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I have stayed at East Bay RV park in Springville, UT ...

Very nice place ... just far enough away from I-15 so there is no traffic noise ... there is a busy railroad track near the back end ... so if you have choice chose a spot up front ...
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