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Old 12-08-2011, 04:14 PM   #1
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How is the drive on I 17 from Phoenix to Camp Verde? We are looking at maybe spending a few days in the area after the GS Rally in Phoenix.
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No problem at all. A good interstate with a few ups and downs but nothing serious.

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I-17 Northbound from Phoenix gains lots of elevation (from Google earth)

Phoenix ==> 1095 ft
Camp Verde ==> 3149 ft
Flagstaff ==> 6928 ft

None of this is steep ... but it is a persistent climb ... the first time I drove from Phoenix to Flagstaff I thought there was something wrong with my motorhome ...

You will notice a change in vegatation as you gain elevation ...
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From Black Canyon City to Sunset Point, about 5 miles, there are grades of 6-7% to climb. Then dropping into the Verde Valley there is a downgrade of 7% for about 2-1/2 miles. Its well marked so just be ready for it.
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From Black Canyon City to Sunset Point, about 5 miles, there are grades of 6-7% to climb. Then dropping into the Verde Valley there is a downgrade of 7% for about 2-1/2 miles. Its well marked so just be ready for it.
Well stated. I have done this drive quite a few times and this is exactly what you can expect. The hills are just long enough to let you know if you have an overheating problem (don't ask...problem solved!).
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Thanks everyone....Sounds very doable.
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There may well be a temp change as you go north, and up, depending on how far north you go. A few years ago we left Phoenix (70 degrees) and it was 20 degrees in Flagstaff, which is about 125-130 miles up hill :(
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