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Old 12-17-2009, 08:10 AM   #1
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Question Hwy 50 from Canon City, Co to Montrose

We are thinking of traveling thru Colorado next summer and would like some input on Hwy 50. We are in a 40' motor home pulling a tow. Will we have any trouble? We hope to go to Buena Vista along the way.

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Old 12-17-2009, 08:26 AM   #2
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We went that way (west to east) about 40 yrs ago towing a 15' TT W/1/2T PU. About all I remenber. it was a long climb @ 35mph to Monarch Pass. If I remember right Monarch Pass is about 11000'. Have nice trip.


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Old 12-17-2009, 09:11 AM   #3
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I can't help with that road, but if you are in Canon City you are also very close to Cripple Creek. We dropped by there for a couple of days and ended up leaving 2 weeks later. Nice little former mining town which is now a gambling town but there is a lot of history and an excellent tour of a former gold mine The Mollie Kathleen. You go down 1000 feet below ground and what is loosely called an elevator (a cage on a cable) that the miners would have used. Good history, hard to believe how it worked! When the original miners left, they also left their working donkeys behind which still wander around town but now well cared for. You could make it a day trip from Canon City but they also have some campgrounds if you want to stay a few days. Maybe Colorado Springs to Cripple Creek and then onto Canon City.
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Old 12-17-2009, 09:33 AM   #4
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As you might imagine, since you will be travelling over the Rockies, there will be a series of climbs and descents. Monarch is probably the "worst", but none is so difficult. Just prepare to go slow uphill and use your engine to slow down going downhill. It's a pretty trip and you shouldn't have any problem.
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Old 12-17-2009, 10:16 AM   #5
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The road is in excellent condition all the way.I have traveled this route several times,it is curvey in places so its not a freeway.You should have no problems in your travels.
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Old 12-17-2009, 10:54 AM   #6
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Drove hy50 from sac ca to denver last july and road was good.
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Old 12-22-2009, 01:30 PM   #7
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hwy 50 in Co

Thanks for the comments. It sound like if I slow down and smell the roses along the way, it will be an enjoyable trip.

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