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Old 07-14-2014, 10:24 AM   #1
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Best route from Denver to Creede, CO

We are planning a trip early August from southeastern SD to Creede, CO with a stopover of a few days in Denver. I've seen posts on here about taking I-25 down to Hwy 160 and coming across that way. However, when I Google it or Mapquest it, it shows the preferred route going down Hwy 285. Hwy 285 does look much shorter and more direct, however,we are traveling in a 40 foot MH with a 24 foot enclosed trailer and traveling with another couple with a gas rig and a tow vehicle. I'd appreciate any input/experiences. Our destination is Mountain Views RV Park at Creede. Thanks!!
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Recently drove highway 160 on way to Cortez and road is fine, just long haul up wolf creek pass and back down. Pretty drive too!
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We've done all these routes over the years, many times. The "easiest" route is I-25 south, then 160 across southern CO - fewer mountains to climb, but scenic.

However, you also have two more choices.

1) If you leave Denver taking I-470 west, then turn up to highway 285, it will take you down to 160. The climb out of Denver can be slow this way, with some long stretches of 2-lane road with few opportunities for others to pass. We refer to this as the "high plains route".

2) Another alternative is to take I-25 south to Colorado Springs, then highway 24 up into the mountains, which will connect to 285, then take you south. Highway 24 is a 4-lane road until you get to the top, near Divide, CO. Easy drive, scenic country.

If you're just interested in "getting there", then I'd recommend I-25 south to 160. Fewer steep passes, if that is a concern. If you want to see the mountains, then either of the other routes will take you into some pretty nice places.

We live in Pagosa Springs, 70 miles west of Creede, and will be in Creede in August to see some of the fantastic plays they put on. Also staying at the Mountain Views RV Resort - great place - been there many times.

If you're continuing west on 160, use great care descending Wolf Creek Pass. It's very steep, complete with runaway truck ramps, one sharp hair pin turn, and there are drop offs in places of hundreds of feet. Gear down, stay around 35 mph, and you'll be fine. Your engine brake is your friend...

Enjoy your trip!
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pagosajoe, thanks for those options. While in Denver, we are staying at Chatfield State Park so maybe that will help to determine our route but I think we'll end up doing the I-25 to 160 route just to kinda get there and maybe try one of the other options on the way home. Maybe we will meet when we are at Mountain Views. We will be there beginning 8/6 departing on the 13th. We have a Fleetwood Providence and a white Jeep Wrangler with South Dakota plates. Our license plate on the MH is our irv2 name: DARCAN. Thanks for the input everyone. Just love this site.
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You're very welcome! We'll be arriving on the 12th of August, and have one of the pull through sites reserved on the north end of the place near the dog park. Not sure what time of day we'll arrive, but may cross paths...

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