RV Trip Planning Discussions

Go Back   iRV2 Forums > CAMPING, TRAVEL and TRIP PLANNING > Navigation, Routes & Roads
Click Here to Login
Join iRV2 Today

Mission Statement: Supporting thoughtful exchange of knowledge, values and experience among RV enthusiasts.
Reply
  This discussion is proudly sponsored by:
Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about their products on iRV2
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 05-08-2019, 01:17 PM   #1
Senior Member
 
GearGirl's Avatar
 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 164
Best Route New Mexico (Albuquerque/Santa Fe) to West Yellowstone? 39' DP + toad

Hi all! I searched for this topic and couldn't find a post that addresses it, so I'm posting new.

In the next week I will start a trip taking me from Santa Fe, NM to West Yellowstone, MT. I am more than willing to not take a direct route if that saves me from hairpin turns and steep grades.

For the past few days I've been looking at routes on several apps, and I noticed one that uses this route:

550 from Bernalillo to 371 to Farmington, NM
64W from Farmington to Shiprock, NM
491 from Shiprock to Monticello, UT
191 from Monticello to I-70 to 191 again to Castle Gate, UT
6 from Castle Gate to I-15 in Spanish Fork, UT (near Provo)
15 from Spanish Fork to Idaho Falls, ID
20 from Idaho Falls into West Yellowstone, MT

I have noticed in recent months that I get extremely anxious or even panicky on outer lanes with drop-offs, as well as hairpin turns. Like, slow down to nearly a stop anxious. It's terrifying and, later, embarrassing. I typically have to pull over for a couple hours after such an experience. So I'm trying my best to avoid routes like that.

I don't mind having trees on either side of the road or being in a canyon, at least the irrational thought of losing control and flying off the road and into an abyss is nullified! So if anyone has taken the route I mentioned or knows of a good alternate route, I really appreciate it! I don't mind going past Yellowstone and coming back, either.

Thanks!!

PS: 39' DP 330HP towing a Land Rover Discovery
__________________

GearGirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Join the #1 RV Forum Today - It's Totally Free!

iRV2.com RV Community - Are you about to start a new improvement on your RV or need some help with some maintenance? Do you need advice on what products to buy? Or maybe you can give others some advice? No matter where you fit in you'll find that iRV2 is a great community to join. Best of all it's totally FREE!

You are currently viewing our boards as a guest so you have limited access to our community. Please take the time to register and you will gain a lot of great new features including; the ability to participate in discussions, network with other RV owners, see fewer ads, upload photographs, create an RV blog, send private messages and so much, much more!

Old 05-08-2019, 06:54 PM   #2
Senior Member
 
rgvtexan's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Freightliner Owners Club
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: NE WA or S TX
Posts: 3,122
I take that route yearly, one direction or the other. For you, maybe less stressful than 84 to Pagosa Springs.

550 and 6 are good roads.

6 and 191 are the same road from I70/Green River. A few curves and grades

Check Google Earth.

Enjoy the trip.
__________________

__________________
04 Horizon QD, 12 Ford Flex, Excalibar, Brakemaster, Winter Texan, RVin! since 1974
Norm, Donna & Tinker Kat 74 MGB-GT, 75 MGB, 01 Z3
Life is a Timed Event, you only get One Go Around!
rgvtexan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-08-2019, 11:44 PM   #3
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Enjoying the Western States!
Posts: 9,094
The route you have planned is just fine for the issues you're having.

If leaving from Santa Fe, Hwy 84 to Pagosa Springs then west on 160 To Cortez would be more logical. If you're feeling that anxious about it it's dangerous. It's not a safe way to drive. Sometime you might just freeze. Perhaps getting a smaller RV would help your fears. Also consider getting the 'Mountain Directory for Truckers and RVers' to give you a heads up on some western highways. The ones in the directory aren't ones that should be avoided as many are good for RVs.

Have a good trip!
__________________
Full-timed for 16 Years . . .
Traveled 8 yr in a 2004 Newmar Dutch Star 40' Diesel
& 8 yr in a 33' Travel Supreme 5th wheel
twogypsies is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2019, 12:09 AM   #4
Senior Member
 
creativepart's Avatar
 
Winnebago Owners Club
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Spring Branch, TX
Posts: 983
That’s a good route and you should enjoy the trip. Though I find the scenery around Shiprock to be pretty it’s a fairly bleak area. Pretty hard scrabble times around there.
__________________
2017 Winnebago Adventurer 37F
2016 Lincoln MKX Toad
creativepart is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2019, 12:30 AM   #5
Senior Member
 
rarebear.nm's Avatar


 
Excel Owners Club
Winnebago Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Santa Fe, NM
Posts: 2,776
I also live in Santa Fe. We made the reverse of your trip coming home from Yellowstone, West Gate. Only real difference is we went through Slat Lake City, on a Sunday morning, no bad traffic then. I think considering your fears, the proposed route is about as good as it gets.


Where are you camping at up there?
__________________
Fred & Denise (RVM157) New Mexico
2007 Excel Classic 30RSO & 2015 Mini Winnie 22R
2007 RAM 3500, Diesel, 6Spd Auto, SWD, 4x4, CC & LB
rarebear.nm is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2019, 01:48 AM   #6
Senior Member
 
GearGirl's Avatar
 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 164
Quote:
Originally Posted by twogypsies View Post
The route you have planned is just fine for the issues you're having.

If leaving from Santa Fe, Hwy 84 to Pagosa Springs then west on 160 To Cortez would be more logical. If you're feeling that anxious about it it's dangerous. It's not a safe way to drive. Sometime you might just freeze. Perhaps getting a smaller RV would help your fears. Also consider getting the 'Mountain Directory for Truckers and RVers' to give you a heads up on some western highways. The ones in the directory aren't ones that should be avoided as many are good for RVs.

Have a good trip!
I'm glad to hear I've picked a good route!

It's happened in my SUV as well, so decreasing size won't help (plus I'm full timing and need every cubic mm of space!). It stems from an emergency I had this past fall. I was really shaky after that but travelling alone and was over 3000 miles from home base! Boy that was fun...NOT. It took 2 months to get back to AZ.

Over time it'll get better, it already is, but I just don't want to trigger the anxiety if I don't have to.

Fingers and toes crossed, lol!
GearGirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2019, 01:53 AM   #7
Senior Member
 
GearGirl's Avatar
 
Fleetwood Owners Club
Join Date: Oct 2015
Posts: 164
Quote:
Originally Posted by rarebear.nm View Post
I also live in Santa Fe. We made the reverse of your trip coming home from Yellowstone, West Gate. Only real difference is we went through Slat Lake City, on a Sunday morning, no bad traffic then. I think considering your fears, the proposed route is about as good as it gets.


Where are you camping at up there?

I'm still sorting that out... seems I may be boondocking initially until I get a feel for what's available (most places I want to stay don't take reservations). I'm installing a cell signal booster, too, so hopefully that won't be an issue.

I'm breaking the trip down so it takes about a week to get from SF to West Yellowstone. Just taking it easy 😉
GearGirl is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 05-09-2019, 11:25 AM   #8
Senior Member
 
rarebear.nm's Avatar


 
Excel Owners Club
Winnebago Owners Club
Ford Super Duty Owner
Join Date: Aug 2014
Location: Santa Fe, NM
Posts: 2,776
Taking your time is a wise move. RVing is about having fun and being safe. As you are planning I think you should always drive within your own comfort zone. We did the route in three easy days. I usually try to limit my driving time to 4 to 6 hours per day with frequent breaks. I'm retired and in no hurry.



There are many great places to see along that route that can break up your trip. I don't know your plans, but I would suggest you spend at least two weeks in Yellowstone. So much to see and do. Even then you can't really touch what it has. Don't forget to drop south and see the Tetons as well.


Have fun and be safe....
__________________

__________________
Fred & Denise (RVM157) New Mexico
2007 Excel Classic 30RSO & 2015 Mini Winnie 22R
2007 RAM 3500, Diesel, 6Spd Auto, SWD, 4x4, CC & LB
rarebear.nm is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Tags
toad, yellowstone



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
West Yellowstone and Yellowstone NP area fires Americanrascal Camping Locations, Plans & Trip Reports 5 07-17-2018 01:29 PM
Looking for base plate, wiring installer in Albuquerque or Santa Fe. Radioman Toads and Motorhome Related Towing 2 11-24-2016 05:59 AM
Best route from Rapid City to West Yellowstone Nortguy Navigation, Routes & Roads 18 06-30-2014 06:08 PM
HELP! best route? Cody Wy. to west entrance of Yellowstone NP tomd85208 Navigation, Routes & Roads 7 07-24-2013 02:47 PM

» Featured Campgrounds

Reviews provided by


Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:17 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.