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Old 05-16-2016, 09:21 AM   #1
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HWY 550 from Durango to Montrose Co

Wanting to do some 4 Wheeling at Montrose Co.

How is HWY 550 coming from Durrango, so far as grade? What can I expect?

Traveling with my 37' flat towing my Jeep CJ7
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Old 05-16-2016, 10:10 AM   #2
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Most make it over, steep grades but it is traveled all the time. I find it spooky(sidie). enjoy the ride.
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There are some tight corners and steep grades, but it's doable. We did it southbound pulling a 30' 5th wheel. Use pull off's frequently or you'll make other drivers angry.
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Old 05-16-2016, 12:58 PM   #4
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Driven that 3 times in a car, no way would I take an RV over it.
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We've driven it often in both directions but then we enjoy mountain driving. This one is a biggie so it depends on how you feel about steep roads. Many RVers do it, however.


Another option not a steep is to take Hwy 145 from Cortez.


You could also drive 550 from Durango to Silverton and stay there for your 4-wheeling. That's where the fantastic trails begin. From Silverton to Ouray/Montrose is the steepest part of the highway. We love staying in Silverton. It's a fun little town full of 4-wheelers. We boondock on BLM land on South Mineral Creek near town. You can get fresh water at the Visitor Center and dump at one of the RV parks.


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550 is best when driven with a sports car or motorcycle. Driving it with a RV will be a waste of the road for the folks mentioned in the previous sentence. Have seen RV on it and the drivers did not look happy.
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Old 05-16-2016, 06:14 PM   #7
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Hwy 550, also known as Red Mountain Pass or the Million Dollar Highway, goes up to 11,000 ft and down the other side. Its got some 8% grade sections. But what gets most people are the tight switchbacks, with little shoulder, no guardrails, looking straight over the edge down a 1000 ft drop.
I take my motorhome or 5th wheel over it at least once a summer, but many RV'ers prefer to avoid it. Big rig 18 wheelers use it year round, except when its closed for avalanches. There is a long way around, 145 & 62, that avoids it.
As far as the 4 wheeling, yes there are some technical rock crawling areas right outside Montrose. But the most popular trails for mountain 4 wheeling are right around Silverton.


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Wanting to do some 4 Wheeling at Montrose Co.

How is HWY 550 coming from Durrango, so far as grade? What can I expect?

Traveling with my 37' flat towing my Jeep CJ7
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We've been over this road both directions many times pulling a 38ft 5th wheel, just take your time, don't heat up your brakes, and you will be fine. Slow is the magic word when going downhill. Everyone is correct about the wheeling area's around Silverton, great place to base out of.
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Thanks for all the replies, after talking to my buddy who will also be towing his Jeep, we will probably take the alternate route through Cortez, we do want to make it there is one piece

Thanks for those who replied about the 4 wheeling and off road areas
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Agree with others...slow and easy on 550 - very doable with your gasser.

I mainly chimed in because of the trail between Ouray and Telluride - one of our all time favorite Jeep day trips. We based out of Montrose, it's kind of central to the Jeep trails and the Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP. We could have stayed for months=great backyard.
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Totally doable. Take breaks to give the smaller vehicles breaks as others have said. Take pics because the million dollar highway is beautiful. Stop in Ouray for a coffee on the way.

I'm summering in Montrose this year, looking forward to it.
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Thanks for all the replies, after talking to my buddy who will also be towing his Jeep, we will probably take the alternate route through Cortez, we do want to make it there is one piece

Thanks for those who replied about the 4 wheeling and off road areas
You will love the views crossing Lizard Head Pass, enjoy.

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We are headed out to Montrose in a couple of weeks. We go for the great mountain biking trail systems in Western CO and eastern UT. My buddy who lived in Montrose use to drive his 40' DP on that road at least twice a year. He said it was harder on the passengers than the driver. I've only been on it in a car, and that was enough for me to know there is no way I am driving my RV on it, but then again, I'm from Florida. Have fun and safe travels.
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Some great responses here, sounds like if I don't drive it, might miss out on some nice scenery. Well guess I could drive the Jeep down 550 to evaluate it then maybe take 550 back


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