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Old 08-14-2014, 10:35 PM   #1
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Grand Teton NP to Denver

We are planning a trip that will take us from Grand Teton NP to Denver Colorado then on to New Mexico.When we leave Grand Teton NP we are looking at three possible routes. The first, is to take hwys 26 and 287 to Rawlings then follow I-80 to I-25 and follow it to Denver.The second option is to follow hwy 189 South to hwy 89 and then follow hwy 30 to I-80.From there is over to I-25 and on to Denver.The third option is to follow hwys 189 and 191 to Rock Springs on I-80 an d on to Denver.

Can anyone comment on which of these routes is the most scenic (we like mountains) and/or most interesting?Also, is there are any potential problems with any of them driving a 34 ft diesel motor home pulling a CRV?We will be making the trip in the last week of September -any weather problems?We are not in a big hurry and may stop for a couple of nights if there is something interesting along any of these routes (still waiting for the Wyoming Tourist Guide to arrive) .More interested in seeing the sites.

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Old 08-15-2014, 07:00 AM   #2
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Old 08-15-2014, 12:09 PM   #3
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I had read that post first but am looking for comments on the scenery on the different routes. Not necessarily looking for the shortest or fastest route. Happy to take any route as long as it is safe
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I did a portion of #3 in June (Teton to Estes Park, hopped off 80 early so we could take the Trail Ridge Road). Shouldn't be any problems for your rig on that route if the weather is good and it was relatively scenic (you do leave the mountains behind pretty early on).
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I went from Colorado Springs to Colter Bay at GTNP in a day towing a 35' FW last week. I'll never do that again. We stopped at a friends place for a few days in CS and he said 6-8 hrs to GTNP... I didn't bother to look it up until the night before we were scheduled to be at Colter Bay. I always add 40% t he GPS time to plan for fuel/ rest/ eating stops. The GPS said 10 hrs 11 min. It took 14 hrs running at pretty much max legal speed... not something I am fond of doing when towing the 5er. Anyway, we opted for route 80 because, even though longer, it supposedly saves time do to freeway speeds. Well, there's a pt of construction for the first 150 miles of 80 so speeds are indeed slowed. Therefore, take the more scenic route for sure.
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I like the Rock Springs route so that we can stop early RS and take the wild horse loop to see the magnificent wild mustangs.
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Old 08-19-2014, 01:28 PM   #7
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The route US 26 to US 287 will take you over Togwotee Pass (not a bad road) and down the Wind River Valley. You'll Pass some unique and beautiful scenery between Togwotee Pass and Dubois, WY. The Pinnacles, Lava Mountain, Brooks Falls, Ram's Horn, etc. From there, the scenery changes to badlands and more nifty views of the Wind River Mountains, tallest in WY. If you continue on US 26, you'll be going through open range to Casper, then S on I-25 to Denver. If you go to US 287, you'll pass through wide open country with almost sure spotting of pronghorns. Between Lander and WY 135 intersection you'll be along the Oregon Trail. At Split Rock there's a rest area at a bluff overlooking the Oregon Trail and site of a Pony Express Station. Stop and stretch you legs as you look at the historical markers. At Rawlings I-80 goes east over the Medicine Bow Mountains to Laramie and Cheyenne. You could 'cut the corner' at Laramie and go SE on US 287 to Ft. Collins, but it's only a 2 lane road with some passing lanes on grades. Easier on the driver and riders to go I-80 to I-25.

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Thanks for all the input. That helps us plan our route. Nothing like advice from people who have been there.

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