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Old 05-23-2018, 08:32 PM   #1
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Pagosa Springs to Breckenridge

Mapquest says 160 to 285 North basically the entire way. I’m curious if coming into Breckenridge via Route 9 from the south will be ok.

The other option is to just take 160 all
The way to I-25, then up and around Denver to Breckenridge.

We are at 45’ with the rig, flat towing a Jeep Wrangler.

Any and all thoughts/comments are most appreciated. Thanks.
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Mapquest says 160 to 285 North basically the entire way. I’m curious if coming into Breckenridge via Route 9 from the south will be ok.

The other option is to just take 160 all
The way to I-25, then up and around Denver to Breckenridge.

We are at 45’ with the rig, flat towing a Jeep Wrangler.

Any and all thoughts/comments are most appreciated. Thanks.

This is the route I'd take - Pagosa Springs to Breckenridge - https://binged.it/2s8VQKc

Up to Salida then Buena Vista and the Collegiates - then on to Leadville - Turquoise Lake - Camp Hale - then RT 91 to I-70 and Breck.

Easy drive, good roads, Lots to see - We've done it our 43' with our MDX - And years before in A 37' Gas rig, no problem.

RT 9 is Ok just not as scenic IMHO. Guess my issue is we Love Buena Vista and Leadville.

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Old 05-24-2018, 04:54 AM   #3
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Mapquest says 160 to 285 North basically the entire way. I’m curious if coming into Breckenridge via Route 9 from the south will be ok.

The other option is to just take 160 all
The way to I-25, then up and around Denver to Breckenridge.

We are at 45’ with the rig, flat towing a Jeep Wrangler.

Any and all thoughts/comments are most appreciated. Thanks.
Already tried to answer the Original question - guess a little more info would help - Where have we been and where are we going?

What is the Mission on this Trip?

Pagosa Springs is usually a stop After or Before going to 550 and the San Juan's. Did you do Durango? Silverton? Lake City? Creede? Ouray? Telluride? Mesa Verde?

Did you DO the 4X4 Trails in the Jeep?

You know that you are just around the Corner from Great Sand Dunes NP.

Just outside Buena Vista and the Collegiates is the New NM Browns Canyon.

The drives out of Buena Vista and Leadville are special - Independence Pass in the Toad (catching Aspen and Maroon Bells) - Cottonwood Pass (If it is open this year) the Collegiates - RT 24 to Minturn, Camp Hale and Red Cliff.

I could go on and on but ...........this is your trip.

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I have done 9 to Breck from the South in my 40ft with a jeep in tow. No issues.
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Yes, we have been doing it all this week. It is absolutely beautiful here and wish we could stay all summer..

My question was more geared towards driving difficulty. My wife does not like doing high mountain roads with no guardrails, etc. so if 285 is mostly 4 lane and there aren’t any difficult passes, it certainly makes sense to go that way. If that is going to be a “white knuckle” drive, then we would just as soon take a less stressful route, and go see stuff on the more difficult roads in the Jeep.
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Yes, we have been doing it all this week. It is absolutely beautiful here and wish we could stay all summer..

My question was more geared towards driving difficulty. My wife does not like doing high mountain roads with no guardrails, etc. so if 285 is mostly 4 lane and there aren’t any difficult passes, it certainly makes sense to go that way. If that is going to be a “white knuckle” drive, then we would just as soon take a less stressful route, and go see stuff on the more difficult roads in the Jeep.
You drove all this way see some of Colorado.

If you drive RT24 to 91 it’s easy with really good roads.

RT9 might give you some concerns if I recall.

I highly recommend the route I gave you.

BEAUTIFUL DRIVE.

DW will love it.

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Just wanted to say THANKS for the great advice. Absolutely beautiful drive from Pagosa Springs via 160, 112, 285, 24, 91, 70 and finally south on 9. Would highly recommend it!!
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Just wanted to say THANKS for the great advice. Absolutely beautiful drive from Pagosa Springs via 160, 112, 285, 24, 91, 70 and finally south on 9. Would highly recommend it!!
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