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Old 07-24-2019, 07:22 PM   #1
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Best route between Torrey UT & Albuquerque

Presently in Ogden, UT - traveling to Torrey, UT, then on to Albuquerque. I see there are a couple route options to Albuquerque. Trying to take the best roads, and periodic services. Driving a 38ft DP, and towing a sedan on dolly.

Anyone with knowledge of this area, and recommendations? Thanks very much
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Was there any siteseeing you wanted to do on the route, or are you looking to get there in as quick and direct a route as possible?


For the first part, I'd just take hwy 24 through capitol reef, and then 95 to 191. That route is one I take often going to the Bluff area, and road wise it's always been good, but can be a little remote. From there, I haven't ever gone direct to Albuquerque as we tend to either head over towards Cortez and Durango, or dropped more straight down than you would probably want to go.
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Spanish Fork to Green River to Moab Arches and Canyonlands NP). Then Monticello, Dove Creek, Cortez, Detour to Mesa Verde NP, Back to Cortez. Sleeping Ute Casino/RV park (Passport America)

Now down to Ship Rock, You can go Left to Aztec and 550 to ABQ or right and down through Gallop. To I10

Enjoy the trip,
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There are a few good ways to go depending if you want to see anything special after Torrey.

I'd recommend 24 to 95 to Blanding, UT to 191 to AZ160 east to 64 to Farmington/Bloomfield, NM then 550 to Albuquerque.

All good roads. We drove them with our 40' motorhome. Basically, all those two-lane roads in that area are good for big rigs.
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Torrey - Farmington - Albuquerque route

Thanks, folks. My GPS had me taking the routes down through Farmington. Guessing that we can find an overnight at a truck stop, casino, etc. Just wasn't sure what kind of roads we were facing. From the maps, it didn't look like there were many services on 95/161. I feel better now that this route has been taken by a 40ft MH.

After Torrey, we are just driving over two days to Albuquerque. Very good inputs by all of you. Thanks again for all of you providing options. Very helpful.
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Fill up with diesel in Torrey, Blanding or Bluff, UT, Shiprock, NM, Farmington, Bloomfield,NM or depending on your tank wait until Albuquerque for the best price.

Aztec Ruins Nat'l Monument is interesting near Farmington. Here's a casino nearby for overnighting. Some casinos have a RV park but many will let you overnight on the parking lot. Fuel is usually cheaper at casinos, also.

https://www.allstays.com/Campgrounds-details/24834.htm
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Spanish Fork to Green River to Moab Arches and Canyonlands NP). Then Monticello, Dove Creek, Cortez, Detour to Mesa Verde NP, Back to Cortez. Sleeping Ute Casino/RV park (Passport America)

Now down to Ship Rock, You can go Left to Aztec and 550 to ABQ or right and down through Gallop. To I10

Enjoy the trip,

My Bad, I started you in Salt Lake.
There is overnighting at the fairground in Farmington.
You can boondock at the Apache Casino north of Cuba.
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Great inputs

RGV & 2Gypsies,

Very good thanks. In Torrey - what a view from the RV park. The red rock cliffs are truly something worth seeing. Farmington is about half way, so your suggestion to overnight at casino is a good one.

Thanks again. Paul
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Hey everyone...found this thread on a search as I will be heading in the reverse direction...from Albuquerque to Bland to Moab (spending a few nights in Bland). I was looking at the roads (550 to 7010 to 371 to 64 to 491 to 160 to 41/162. 550 looks great as does parts of 64 (Street view). The rest looks like a narrow two lane highway. Besides not be able to pull off these roads (god help you if you get a flat) are there any gotchas alone this route? I got an eye roll from DW when I showed her some of the roads on Google street view. :-)

And it looks like 191 to Moab is just as rural.
Really makes you feel like you are in the middle of nowhere... OH Yea...you are!!

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richpatty: From Albuquerque take 550 to Bloomfield, NM then west on 64 to 160 to Mexican Hat, AZ then north on 191 to Moab. You could stop at Monument Valley this route if you stay on 160 to Kayenta, AZ then north on 163 into Utah. Monument Valley is at the border of AZ & UT on 163. After Monument Valley continue north on 163 to Bluff, UT and then 191 north to Moab.

If you wanted to work in Cortez, CO and Mesa Verde Nat'l Park from Shiprock, NM go north on 491 to Cortez,CO. To get to Moab - from Cortez take 491 to Monticello, UT then north on 191 to Moab.

We've driven them all many times as we absolutely love this whole area. They're good highways. You'll find fuel in all the towns you pass through.
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I'm going to add one footnote... I don't want to start a debate about best routes. I just want folks who ask about routes to know as much as they can in case they aren't researching on their own.

It's about 95 in Utah..... While it is a nice drive and certainly doable in a 38' DP towing, one has to understand the steep grades crossing the Comb and Butler Wash areas (down and up). And one must also be aware of the steep grades and curves just prior to Blanding. It's a great drive. Just know before you go. We're ok with it in a 35' fifth wheel.

Just sayin'. One needs all the information before choosing routes.

A less hilly route and only about 45 minutes longer (and maybe 50 more niles) is up to I-70 and down 191 through Moab. It is also very scenic.
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Traveling from Torrey to Farmington

Good morning folks - after having originally made the post and already completing the drive, I can say that our drive on RT 24, 95, and 191, while beautiful, was plagued with patches of poor roads and steep grades. The scenic beauty was great, but I could have enjoyed some better quality pavement.

We are now in Houston after having visited Albuquerque. You guys are great in having weighed in with thoughts and options. Biggest challenge now on RT I-10 to FL will be avoiding the midday heat -100 degrees every day. Plan to drive 5 am to noon each day (300 miles).

Have a great day. Paul
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Some of these routes will take you through the Navajo Nation. Be aware that there are two road numbering systems on the reservation. My suggestion is to avoid all BIA routes and stick with the state routes. We have had bad experience with BIA routes.
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