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Old 10-06-2016, 01:12 PM   #1
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Denver to Taos via 285

Thinking of taking this route in next couple days. Traveling with 43' Class A diesel pusher. Looked at truckers/RV mountain pass info. Doesn't look too bad. Anyone on this road recently?
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I was on that road a couple years ago...it is a good road, a small pass to go over ( a pimple on a pup!). I'd recommend it...

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Here are comments from my blog for both parts of the road one from 2013 and the other about three weeks ago.

2013 - After a very pleasant two nights in Buena Vista, we drove the 115 miles over hill and over dale along US-285 to get to the Denver area. After crossing the pass at the southern end of the Mosquito Range, we drove up the valley between it and the Front Range where we saw some beautiful ranchland although with the unusual amounts of rainfall, it was likely greener than normal for this time of year. After the hilly, winding road through the Front Range and foothills, we arrived at our camping spot in Chatfield State Park.

2016 - On Friday, we headed out for the 250 mile drive to Santa Fe by traveling US-285, CO-17, US-285 and NM-599 around Santa Fe. All of the CO roads were fine but 285 in NM was pretty rough from being a paved over concrete road with joints that were now very apparent. There were several places on CO-17 where I may have gone 20 miles without turning the steering wheel and with nothing to see but high desert and the occasional cow, it was a pretty boring drive.
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Old 10-11-2016, 09:25 PM   #5
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Denver to Taos via 285

Well we left Denver yesterday and got about 30 miles SW on 285 and had a check engine light come on. After talking with Cummins we decided to go back to Denver. Light went off so we stopped at Transwest in Colorado Springs. In and out within an hour with a changed crankcase breather filter. Glad I had access to back of coach so they could change easily. Not always the case I was told.
So today we took CO 160 south of Pueblo west to CO 159 south to Taos. Beautiful drive and not bad mountain pass. 159 was a bit rough but we were in no hurry so just slowed down.
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Ya, I'm heading that way Thursday, on into Santa Fe. La vita pass is on 160, but it's pretty tame. Another route I like is over Raton into NM, then 64 West through Angel Fire and on into Taos. Takes more time, but more scenic than the farms.
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From the CO state line to Taos the road is less than perfect, but not a big deal. I do this trip often, both I-25s to 160 and the 285 route. Three weeks ago there were three groups of horses on the highway after the NM state line, so I would only suggest you plan that stretch with some daylight left.
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As I recall, on 64 between interstate 25 and east of Angel Fire there was one mountain pass with a number of switchbacks. Once you get through that it's easy driving.
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Ya, on 64 there are two passes, one on each side of Angel Fire. Both have some pretty good switchbacks so it's slow driving, but the view is a bit better.
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