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Old 08-22-2016, 06:19 PM   #15
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Grade question I40 into Albuquerque

I live in Albuquerque. So, ask away. I 40 west bound into Albuquerque does come through the Sandia Mountains but is not a bad descent. If your heading to the 4 corners, Hwy 550 is a great easy and wide route. You can also continue west on I 40 to a little town named Thoreau and then take Hwy 371 into Farmington. Not as nice a road as 550.
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I live in Albuquerque. So, ask away. I 40 west bound into Albuquerque does come through the Sandia Mountains but is not a bad descent. If your heading to the 4 corners, Hwy 550 is a great easy and wide route. You can also continue west on I 40 to a little town named Thoreau and then take Hwy 371 into Farmington. Not as nice a road as 550.
Thanks for the info!! I lived in Los Alamos for 10 years as a child but it's been a long time since I have been down I40!!! After your post I looked at the map and I think we will head out Hwy 550. Appreciate the info!! Excited to be back in The Land of Enchantment even if just passing through!!
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One thing that you may encounter on that route as you leave Texas and head west is pretty significant wind.
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Thanks for the great responses. Looks it will be Hwy 550 out of ALB. Safe travels to all & kind regards--
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Neilnoff we decided to go ahead and take I 40 to Gsllup snd then 491 up to Cortez. We are traveling with another couple that has very little experience in mountain driving either. My son is also going in his 5er but they are leaving us at Tucumcari to head to South Fork Co for two days before rejoining us at Cortez. He will be driving Wolf Creek pass to get back down to us!!! We will be in Cortez sept 11th at the Ute Mountain Casino (close to Cortez). Any chance you will be there at the same time??
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Thanks for posting this and I hope you don't mind, I will be hijacking your thread. We are taking the same route in about 5 weeks. Coming west on I40 to Galup, then 491 north to Mesa Verde. I have a 33' Sea Breeze with the Chevy 7.4L Vortec and will be pulling a 2014 4dr Jeep Wrangler. The plan then is to go on up 491 to 191 to Arches NP. Then return south on 191 to Valley of the Gods area/monument valley. Does anyone have advice in taking this rig (53'-56' O.A. length) on these roads with a V8 gasser? This will be the first trip with a toad and a long one from Indiana. Thanks.
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The real problem for us Texans going from Alb. up to Durango was the changing topography the further north we went!
I kept finding myself slowing down as we both were saying WOW - look at that

had to stop and take pics and walks and then set the cruise control so I would not slow down too much The couple that met us there are very 'cautious' drivers and had 50 to 100 cars piled up behind them :(

on the big grades just remember to STAB the brakes and let off to slow down...

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m.Elliott63: Your route is fine with your RV. It's a popular one for RVers.
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