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Old 04-18-2015, 08:01 PM   #1
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Eisenhower VS Raton Pass VS Wolf Creek

What is the most exciting in a 32ft gas class A towing a car? Eisenhower Tunnel , Raton Pass or Wolf Creek Pass?

As a basic flat lander, anything over 5000 ft gets us a little excited. We have been between S. La. and Oregon. This includes Eisenhower Tunnel and Raton Pass. I just kind of hold the throttle at about 4000RPM going up and took my sweet time going down.

In June, we will be driving to Durango and then on to Denver using US160 and US285.

How is this ride compared to the other passes? Should I consider other routes?

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From Durango heading east on 160 through Pagosa Springs you will have a big uphill with a 6% grade down for 8 miles on Wolf Creek Pass. There are places to pull over and most is a three lane road with some curves. We've drive this many times with both a 3/4 ton Dodge diesel pulling a 33' 5th wheel and also with our 40' diesel motorhome.

Before the uphill you might want to stop in Pagosa Springs and soak in the wonderful concrete pools of varying temperatures overlooking the river. It'll relax you!

As comparison, Raton Pass is 6% also but not as long.

Eisenhower is 7% with some 5% and 6% westbound and 5-6% for 12 miles eastbound.
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Old 04-19-2015, 02:43 PM   #3
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Had a 32 ft. m/h pulled a grand Vitera. Went over wolf creek pass. No problem. Kept the RPMs at 2400/2500 and used the gears . Engine purred, water temp stayed put, and we did a lot of "Gawking".. Got to the summit and they were doing road work. Had to pass an endloader, and truck.....No shoulder. Exciting..[they took more then their half]... There is another pass on Hwy 160, but not as "exciting"..
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What is the most exciting in a 32ft gas class A towing a car? Eisenhower Tunnel , Raton Pass or Wolf Creek Pass?

As a basic flat lander, anything over 5000 ft gets us a little excited. We have been between S. La. and Oregon. This includes Eisenhower Tunnel and Raton Pass. I just kind of hold the throttle at about 4000RPM going up and took my sweet time going down.

In June, we will be driving to Durango and then on to Denver using US160 and US285.

How is this ride compared to the other passes? Should I consider other routes?

Thanks
I've done all three and of the three, Wolf Creek Pass is the best. Beautiful drive. Nice road, previous 35' MH did it no problem. Previous MH had a 2008 Ford V-10 and we were towing a Wrangler.
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What is the most exciting in a 32ft gas class A towing a car? Eisenhower Tunnel , Raton Pass or Wolf Creek Pass?

As a basic flat lander, anything over 5000 ft gets us a little excited. We have been between S. La. and Oregon. This includes Eisenhower Tunnel and Raton Pass. I just kind of hold the throttle at about 4000RPM going up and took my sweet time going down.

In June, we will be driving to Durango and then on to Denver using US160 and US285.

How is this ride compared to the other passes? Should I consider other routes?

Thanks
If you can go N from Durango on Hwy 550, you will go over Red Mountain Pass, also known as the Million Dollar Hwy. This is the best in the state of Colorado. Once you reach Montrose, you can head N to I-70 and continue E and go over Vail Pass and Eisenhower Tunnel, or go E on Hwy 50 and go past Blue Mesa reservoir and then up and over Monarch Pass. Then, you can follow Hwy 285 to Denver. Here is a link for Hwy 550:

LONELIEST ROAD: US-50

Wolf Creek Pass is a beautiful drive, so there is nothing wrong with your original plan. Lots of ways to get there!

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Eisenhower is steep in spots, but not the least bit exciting. Manage your speed with the tranny on the downgrades and you'll be fine.

Of Raton and Wolf Creek I'd say WC is more exciting. I've done both in our Axis towing an open trailer loaded with our Spyder. I didn't find either troubling. But then I grew up 4-wheeling the high country with my grandparents.

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Exciting? You want exciting? What your exciting - right here (we live in Pagosa Springs)! Yup - I've been on all of them, and Wolf Creek Pass is most assuredly beautiful (the others are too!)

The Million Dollar Highway can definitely be exciting, especially with NO guard rails to keep you from heading over the side - they can't plow the road and keep it open with guard rails. Easier to do going north, since you're on the inside of the mountain. Heading south, you're on the edge of the road, and it's a heck of a long way down.

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What is the most exciting in a 32ft gas class A towing a car? Eisenhower Tunnel , Raton Pass or Wolf Creek Pass?

As a basic flat lander, anything over 5000 ft gets us a little excited. We have been between S. La. and Oregon. This includes Eisenhower Tunnel and Raton Pass. I just kind of hold the throttle at about 4000RPM going up and took my sweet time going down.

In June, we will be driving to Durango and then on to Denver using US160 and US285.

How is this ride compared to the other passes? Should I consider other routes?

Thanks
Wolf Creek pass without a doubt, the other pass on 160 is North Laveta pass East of Wolf Creek. I would stay off Red Mountain!! If you want to go North I'd take hwy. 145 over Lizzard Head pass, still beautiful country but less chance winding up at the bottom of a gorge.
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Had a 32 ft. m/h pulled a grand Vitera. Went over wolf creek pass. No problem. Kept the RPMs at 2400/2500 and used the gears . Engine purred, water temp stayed put, and we did a lot of "Gawking".. Got to the summit and they were doing road work. Had to pass an endloader, and truck.....No shoulder. Exciting..[they took more then their half]... There is another pass on Hwy 160, but not as "exciting"..

They've been doing road work on top of that pass since 1959 I think. It's continual-or is it annual?


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If I remember, HWY 550 had electronic deer crossing warning signs. As we passed the one that said, "End deer passing warnings", not more then 200 feet later, two deer jumped out in front of us...Guess the deer did not read the signs... 550 is a beautiful road, wish there were more like it....
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Wow. OP here.
I made a huge mistake. I played "Wolf Creek Pass" by C.W. McCall for my wifey. I think I could see her seat cushion get smaller while she was puckering.

Now I'll have to lie to her and tell her I found a different route.

But really. I thank all that responded. We love to see the country and try to stay off the interstates unless we are really wanting to get somewhere in a hurry which seems to be less important these days. This seems to be a great route and I am certain we will enjoy.

Thanks again.
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