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Old 05-02-2012, 12:47 PM   #1
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We are planning a trip from Amarillo to Colorado Springs and beyond. We're thinking of taking US 50 to Pueblo to miss Raton Pass. We're running a 2001 36 foot Bounder with a toad. Where can you get maps or advice on road selection for the trip? Is it a bad idea to use US 50 or a better idea to use I-25?

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I drive between Colorado Springs and Port Aransas, TX quite a bit, and I've done it every way imaginable. My opinion is that the best route from Amarillo to Colorado Springs is; Amarillo to Dumas on U.S. 287, then U.S. 87 through Clayton, NM to Raton, NM, then up I-25 to Colorado Springs. However another good route is to take U.S. 287 across the Oklahoma Panhandle to Lamar, CO, then U.S. 50 to Pueblo, and I-25 to Colorado Springs.

As far as Raton Pass goes, it's no big deal. That is the only hard pull between Amarillo and Colorado Springs and it's only a 5 mile pull up the pass. Holding back to a reasonable speed on the trip down the Colorado side is worse than the pull up to the pass.

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I also have traveled between Amarillo and Pueblo(lived there)often.I prefer to go thru Oklahoma panhandle to Lamar Co.Trinidad to Pueblo is hilly and I prefer flatter country.
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