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Old 06-20-2016, 07:15 AM   #1
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Best road to Breckenridge, Co from Mississippi

Driving to Breckingridge, Co from Jackson, Ms in Mid July. We will be traveling via I-20 through Dallas. Taking 635 (Dallas area) to hopefully miss most downtown traffic.

We're driving 40 ft pusher with towabble.

After Dallas it looks like my next big decision is whether to go thru Denver via I70 or Co. Hwy 9 (thru Alma/Frisco) to reach Breckenridge. What route do you consider the best and #1 reason why?

Your recommendations are greatly appreciated. Thanks in Advance.
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Depending on the time of day,
635 is horrible and I've found I-20 thru to 287 does just as well BUT, I-35W is STILL under construction in and around Fort Worth, so...
Even using our Garmin rv 760 set for our long, long rv, it says take 287....

We are going 287 to Durango and Colorado Springs the end of July ...

Hwy 287 is excellent road - 4 lane and large shoulders if needed. Much better than I-20 through Louisiana if memory serves ! we actually left the ground a couple of times on bridges/overpasses in Shreveport and Monroe !

Stop by and say Hi on the way through - enjoy!
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At my summer home in the mountains of southern Co, I'm surrounded by Texans and they all use 287 - 87 to Raton and I-25 to Pueblo, then depending on their destination, US50 to Co hwy 9 to Breckenridge.
There are probably a half dozen optional alternates, but going anywhere near Denver and I-70 would be at the bottom of the list for most folks, just due to congested traffic.
We all use different personal preferences in choosing a route, some are interested in speed, some want scenery, some want to avoid any steep grades, some want to avoid interstates, some want to stop along the way at specific attractions. Take your pick, I don't have any favorite; in fact I tend to try different routes just for variety.
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At my summer home in the mountains of southern Co, I'm surrounded by Texans and they all use 287 - 87 to Raton and I-25 to Pueblo, then depending on their destination, US50 to Co hwy 9 to Breckenridge.
There are probably a half dozen optional alternates, but going anywhere near Denver and I-70 would be at the bottom of the list for most folks, just due to congested traffic.
We all use different personal preferences in choosing a route, some are interested in speed, some want scenery, some want to avoid any steep grades, some want to avoid interstates, some want to stop along the way at specific attractions. Take your pick, I don't have any favorite; in fact I tend to try different routes just for variety.

Yea, one of those Texans here!

And this is right on target about 287 up through Raton, etc. When I make the trip it depends on the time of day which route I take. If I'm going to be approaching Breckenridge at night, then I take 25 up to Denver and then 70 West. If it's during the day, then a more scenic route of West at Pueblo on 50, then North on 9 to Breckenridge.
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As an alternate so you can miss DFW altogether ?
what about hwy 82 west out of Texarkana to 287 just south of Wichita Falls ?

Looks to be two lane, but TEXAS two lane - nice, wide shoulders, and most are courteous to move over to let fast traffic through !

5.5 hours from shreveport thru Texarkana to WF

5 hours thru dfw traffic and the construction on I-35w
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If you want efficient travel, I70 hands down. Coming up from the south on I 25, you will bypass downtown by using CO 470. Highway 9 is nice but more adventure and scenery. Also a very high pass right before Breck.
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Hoosier Pass is that steep pass just before Breck on Hwy 9.... It's a steep one. If you got plenty of horsepower and are comfortable with the mountain passes...you'll be just fine... I came home that way down to Colorado Springs last July and enjoyed it...think the pass is steeper coming North though.
If your not very comfortable with the mountain passes then I would take I70. We came up from Shreveport on I20, ditto on 287. But we went straight North from Amarillo through the Dumas and hit I70 at Limon. Very easy drive just make sure you got your fuel stops planned out between Amarillo and Limon.
I was new to the mountain passes and got the books and the apps that describe them...helped a lot and I think next CO trip I'll take the Raton Pass Route up I
25...to Pueblo.
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Driving to Breckingridge, Co from Jackson, Ms in Mid July. We will be traveling via I-20 through Dallas. Taking 635 (Dallas area) to hopefully miss most downtown traffic.

We're driving 40 ft pusher with towabble.

After Dallas it looks like my next big decision is whether to go thru Denver via I70 or Co. Hwy 9 (thru Alma/Frisco) to reach Breckenridge. What route do you consider the best and #1 reason why?

Your recommendations are greatly appreciated. Thanks in Advance.
I'm not from Texas or Mississippi but try these waypoints - Texarkana - Paris, TX - Amarillo - Pueblo - Salida - Leadville - Silverthorne - Breck. More to see, less traffic, easy driving, K's in Buena Vista, for Lunch and Quincy's in Leadville, for Dinner. Hard to beat.

Denver is not that bad if you time it right - we stay in Golden often and Love It. All of the roads and Routes should be a breeze and if I recall Wal*Mart's all along the way and low priced gas/diesel the whole route.

Because I enjoy the drive up Rt 24 (Collegiate's) to Rt 91 and I-70 I avoided Rt 9, just never been a fan of that route.

Think you have plenty of options, enjoy your time in Colorado.

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For a comparison:

Hoosier Pass at 11,541' elevation on Hwy 9 going north is a descent of 4 miles with 8% grades and turns.

I-70's Eisenhower Tunnel at elevation of 11,013' going westbound is a 7% grade for 6 miles then 2-1/2 mi of 5-6%. There are two escape ramps.
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I've been that way at least 8 times and I take 287 all the way to I-25... I have a 40' rig with a tow....
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