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Old 02-20-2015, 09:39 AM   #1
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Frederick, MD to Moab, UT-Best Route?

I-70, or
I-81 to I-40
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Type of vehicle? Towing? Time constraints? Things you want to see? Sightseeing, or 'getting there'?

I-70 is certainly the most direct. I-81-I-40 and north from Gallup will add about 300+ miles. To what purpose? Up to you. Stressful? Up to you.

I-70, once you've survived the excitement of the 800 miles from St Louis to the high plains of Colorado, is probably the most gloriously scenic 300 miles of highway in the country!

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I-70, once you've survived the excitement of the 800 miles from St Louis to the high plains of Colorado, is probably the most gloriously scenic 300 miles of highway in the country!
most glorious 300 scenic miles of interstate highway in the country

there are three long pulls getting from Denver to the Utah border .... and you are up to about 10,000 feet twice ... but it is worth it if you enjoy scenery both mountain and desert
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I-70 is indeed stunning Interstate 70 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

This is not on the route to Utah, but if you ever get the chance, drive it Interstate 90 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 02-22-2015, 07:38 PM   #5
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The shortest is I-70 at 1965 miles. You'll have the Denver congestion and then two steep passes on I-70: Eisenhower Tunnel at 11,000' EL - 6 mi. @7% downhill then 3 mi. at 5-6% downhill. Then you'll have Vail Pass at 10,600' EL - downhill 7% for 8 miles.

The one I would choose is I-70 and to avoid Denver and the two above-mentioned passes, pick up US24 off CO I-70 at Limon, CO and take it to I-25 at Colorado Springs. Go south on I-25 and pick up Hwy 50 west to Grand Junction, CO and I-70. Then I-70 west to 191 south to Moab. You will have Monarch Pass at 11,300 on Hwy 50 with a downhill of 6% for 9 miles. This is 2035 miles.

Another route is I-70 to I-68 to I-79 to Charleston. Then I-64 west to St. Louis and I-44 to Oklahoma City. Then I-40 to Gallup, NM to SR264 west to US 191 north to Moab, Utah. This is 2280 miles. Not because of the added miles but because of having to go through the big cities, this would be my least favorite.
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We did just about this exact trip in 2012 - but from slightly farther east. We skimmed across northern MD along I-68 and then picked up I-79 to I-70 in PA, and took it to Indianapolis. Thence I-74 up to I-80 at the Quad Cities, and thence all the way to Ogden & SLC. Since your destination is Moab, though, I'd branch off I-80 up near Cheyenne and take I-25 down to Denver and thence follow the above through the Rockies and over to Moab. Coming back, you can just stick it on I-70 the whole way east, and if you want variation, grab I-64 in St Loouie and follow it east. We did that, and came through WV, across the spine of western VA, and then east through Richmond and Norfolk and up 13, since we were headed to Jersey. What you might do though, is take I-81 NORTH from where I-64 intersects with it, and then I-81 right back north to your neck of the woods. That's a decent round trip with little duplication.

The best part of the trip is the route from Denver west to Moab, however you do it. Spectacular scenery, mostly good roads, and something to see around every corner. You MUST do the I-70 Glenwood Springs route, though, it's a marvel.
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I used to run the route through Moab on I70 from Frederick every year. You can run I70 to I68 over to Morgantown, then north back to I70 again but I have been taking the turnpike recently to avoid the steeper pulls out through the mountains. As others have said there are also a few long steep pulls through Colorado along with the long downhills but I never had any problems. I70 is the most direct route to Moab, and the way I would recommend.

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