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Old 07-27-2014, 07:44 PM   #1
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Colorado Rt 34 & 40

We are planning a trip going to Estes Park and onto Dinosaur National Park in Vernal Ut. We have a 40' Country Coach w/toad. On the map it looks to be very crooked and of course in very mountainous terrain. Any suggestion about using Rt 34 and Rt 40 thru Colorado?

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Old 07-28-2014, 01:05 PM   #2
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34 over the divide is narrow and steep.I would back track to 70 and catch 40 from there.The first part is over Berthoud pass winding and narrow but you should do OK-the reset is a breeze.

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Old 07-28-2014, 01:38 PM   #3
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I don't have a 40' rig, mine is only a 26' travel trailer plus my truck, and I wouldn't do it. I left my travel trailer in Boulder, and drove from Boulder to Estes Park via the 36. It's an easy day trip. Check out Ouzel Falls along the way in Rocky Mountain National Park. 3 mile hike up to the falls with some beautiful scenery along the way.

I also recommend going M-F if you can. The weekend traffic into Estes Park/Rocky Mountain National Park rivals the gridlock around LA during rush hour. Save yourself some major frustration is my advice. I found out the hard way. To reach the trail head to Ouzel Falls I was turned away once because the parking lot was full. I returned an hour later and barely got in.
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Old 07-28-2014, 02:07 PM   #4
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34 hyway

If I remember right there is 34ft length limit in rocky mt park due to road conditions,{ curves etc.} might want to check. 40 is ok have traveled it in 18 wheelers going to SLC UT

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With our 40' MH we have driven 34 (Trail Ridge Rd.) through Rocky Mtn. Nat'l Park. Yes, it's steep and I would highly recommend you start out early morning before the big rush. Many RVers drive it. It depends on your mountain experience.

We've also taken 40 across Colorado into Vernal, Utah. No problem there. If you want to continue from Vernal to Flaming Gorge northward, Hwy 191 also has a steep section but again, we've done it as have other RVers.

If you have the 'Mountain Directory for RVers & Truckers' these roads will give you a good description.
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Thanks for your advice. I do appreciate it.

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