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Old 04-01-2015, 08:01 AM   #1
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Dorango-Walsenburg on US 160

Anyone traveled this route lately. I'm used to mountain driving but concerned about condition of highway. Will be in our 32' Journey with toad.
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Haven't traveled it in about a month ... only concern for you will be Wolf Creek Pass. Just keep an eye on the weather in that one 14 mile section and you won't have any problems. \ken
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Heurfano county is under a Red Flag Warning today, so you should expect windy conditions on La Veta Pass W of Walsenburg. Looks like most of hwy 160 is going to be windy today. Here is a link to CDOT to monitor the road and weather conditions, including cameras:

Road Conditions, Speeds, Travel Times, Traffic Cameras, Live Streaming Traffic Cameras, Road Closures and Road Work Information provided by Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) a branch of Colorado Department of Transportation

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Thanks to all. I should have mentioned I'll be going at end of May.


Thanks again.
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Thanks to all. I should have mentioned I'll be going at end of May.


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OOPS! Forget about the windy conditions today, we will deal with it until you get here in May.

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Highway 160 from Durango to Walsenberg is an excellent road. As mentioned, the ONLY thing to consider is you must cross Wolf Creek Pass, just 30 miles east of Pagosa Springs. It's a (mostly) 4-lane highway going UP when headed east, so gear down and enjoy the ride. You'll pass through one of the most beautiful valleys in the state as you get close to the bottom of the pass.

There are a couple of switch back turns on Wolf Creek Pass but there is lots of room. I'd advise watching for ROCKS on the roadway, since warming weather causes rocks to fall, and sometimes end up on the road - both sides of the pass are affected. Look for Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep on the left side of the road as you climb to the top.

There are a few turnouts/wide spots along the way if you should need to stop for any reason, and at the top of the pass is a large area where you can stop for a rest at the Continental Divide.

Going DOWN on the east side, it will turn into a 2 lane highway, there's a short section where you'll pass through a covered avalanche chute - slow down, because the right hand turn is relatively sharp inside the covered chute, much like a small tunnel. There is another tunnel through the side of a mountain a few miles past that. There's plenty of clearance overhead and side-to-side before driving alongside a beautiful creek through a canyon for about 10 miles. As always gear down and take it easy.

A little narrow in places, but still a good road. Once past this area, and closer to South Fork, it's an easy drive to Walsenberg.

And yes, it's the pass made famous by C.W. McCall:

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I'll watch out for Tom and Earl. Thanks again to all. We're looking forward to the trip.
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Read in Durango newspaper that CDOT was starting a re-paving project on 160 between Bayfield and Pagosa Springs - work supposed to last most of the summer - expect some delays when you hit that section
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