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Old 07-11-2010, 09:52 AM   #1
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Durango, CO to Santa Fe, NM

We are currently in Durango but will be heading to Santa Fe in a few days. We came from Albuquerque to Durango via 550 which was no problem for our gasser but it looks like the shorter route to Santa Fe would be through lower Colorado and then cut south to Santa Fe. We've never been that way are a little concerned about the mountain roads going that route. Suggestions appreciated.

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Old 07-11-2010, 04:47 PM   #2
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We are currently in Durango but will be heading to Santa Fe in a few days. We came from Albuquerque to Durango via 550 which was no problem for our gasser but it looks like the shorter route to Santa Fe would be through lower Colorado and then cut south to Santa Fe. We've never been that way are a little concerned about the mountain roads going that route. Suggestions appreciated.

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Prettiest drive would probably be US 160 to Pagosa, then US 84 to Chama, Espanola, and Santa Fe. You could take take 160 to Alamosa and 285 south, but it's not as scenic. If you have time to stop in Chama they'd sure be glad to see you; part of the narrow-gauge railroad is still working (they lost a bridge a month ago) and it is worth an extra day to ride it. Here's the link: Cumbres & Toltec Scenic Railroad - Passenger Info
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Thanks Franklin. Being a flat-lander from Texas and driving a gas rig, I am a little concerned about no shoulder roads and steep hills that I don't handle as well as a pusher but sounds like we shouldn't have any problems.

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Thanks Franklin. Being a flat-lander from Texas and driving a gas rig, I am a little concerned about no shoulder roads and steep hills that I don't handle as well as a pusher but sounds like we shouldn't have any problems.

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Since you came by 550, I think you've already experienced the hairiest downgrade - from 550 to the tee intersection with 160 south of Durango. 84 goes through riverine canyons much of the way, but it's a U.S. highway and should give no trouble.

I didn't realize you were a TEXAN. OMG.

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