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Old 05-05-2008, 06:41 PM   #1
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I see two ways to get from Moab, Utah to Canon City, Colorado. Mapquest has me going onto US 50 at Grand Junction and Good Sam routes me to Frisco, Co. on I-70 and has me cut down on rte 9. The US 50 rte is about 30 miles shorter. Any recommendations one way or the other?
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I see two ways to get from Moab, Utah to Canon City, Colorado. Mapquest has me going onto US 50 at Grand Junction and Good Sam routes me to Frisco, Co. on I-70 and has me cut down on rte 9. The US 50 rte is about 30 miles shorter. Any recommendations one way or the other?
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Old 05-05-2008, 07:38 PM   #3
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Jerry,

The only portion of the route that we haven't been on is the US-50 from Grand Junction to Montrose.

We took 128 out of Moab, it is a nice drive along the Colorado River.

Montrose to Canon City is a very scenic road.

We stayed at a state campground, Steven's Creek, for an overnight stop between Montrose and Gunnison on Blue Mesa Reservoir. I've posted pictures in the campground section here. There are a couple of state campgrounds in the area that have hook ups too.

IIRC your climb, west to east, to Monarch Pass at 11,300 something will have grades of 6% to 8%. I remember our climb up the east side got us down to around 35mph, so it more than likely has 8% grades going down the east side too.

The rest of the trip is along the Arkansas river, a very pretty drive. We even drove the coach up to the Royal Gorge Suspension Bridge. IIRA, there is parking up there, BUT....don't hold me to it. We parked along the side of the car parking lot.

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Old 05-06-2008, 03:52 AM   #4
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We traveled that way last year - in the reverse direction, Pueblo to Grand Junction.

Take your time going up and down Monarch Pass.

You'll be fine. Take your time and enjoy the beautiful scenery.

BTW - We did park in an RV section of the Royal Gorge parking lot.
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We also took it the year before last from Pueblo to Grand Junction. Had not problems and it was a beautiful drive. Only thing I thought was that they had a couple of places I thought the two lane road seemed awfully narrow but it could have been me with my first trip with the Motor Home.
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You won't have any problems on Highway 50 except Monarch Pass. Since you rig looks like it's a diesel, power shouldn't be a problem. In my case with a heavy class A and gas engine I usually unhook the toad and have my wife follow me to the top. Hopefully you have a brake system for your toad. You definitely should when going down this long steep pass. The highway is wide and there's plenty of pull-offs.

Enjoy the drive on this highway there's plenty of scenery and neat places to stop along the way.
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