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Old 01-30-2015, 09:42 AM   #15
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We have a 2005 Dolphin and have traveled all the roads along your route without any problems. Others have already given you great advice, and Bumps listed some hidden gemstones that most folks miss.

I will give you an alternative route from the Sand Dunes if you would like to drive along the Arkansas river and enjoy the views thru the canyon between Salida and Canon City. Simply go N from the Sand Dunes to Salida, then go E on Hwy 50 to Canon City. Then, E of Canon City take Hwy 115 to Colorado Springs. This route will take about the same time as doubling back over La Veta pass along Hwy 160 to I-25, and is much nicer as far as the scenery goes. Cheyenne Mountain SP is on Hwy 115 at the far SW corner of Colorado Springs, and is a great place to stay while visiting the Pikes Peak area.

If you need any recommendations for places to stay or see, holler and I am sure you will get more than you bargained for!

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From the Sand Dunes NP, its an easy & short drive north on 17/285 to hit hwy 50 near Salida, Co. Unless there is something you just have to do in Colorado Springs, I sure wouldn't waste all the time & miles to backtrack there from the Sand Dunes.
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Thanks...great information. Hey, how's the highway from Durango to Pagosa Springs? I went through there on a motorcycle 12 or 13 yrs ago...I was following another bike and don't even know what route we took,. But we went through a mountain pass, the highway was gravel with lots of road work. The way I remember, I wouldn't want to go in the MH. If the road is okay, I think I would prefer to go through Pagosa, then down to Taos and Santa Fe instead of Albuquerque. Would those roads be good for me?

btw...My wife and I love Pagosa Springs. We went through there first on that bike trip I mentioned, but about 3 yrs ago on another bike trip we were staying at a casino north of Santa Fe. We rode over to PS...stayed one night at the resort on the main drag with the hot springs. It was early May...very cool nights. It was great.
You're very welcome! We love Pagosa too. It's a beautiful, sleepy mountain town.

The road (highway 160) from Durango to Pagosa is in great shape. Only a slight up/downhill section at a place called Yellowjacket Pass - more of a hill, really. I just traveled that section this morning in the snow. No problem. There are passing lanes through the up/downhill parts. We take our motor home through there frequently en route to other destinations.

From Pagosa to Taos (went there last summer) is pretty easy. Leaving Pagosa (highway 84) there's a slight uphill section for a few miles before leveling out, but nothing to worry about. After that, you're on good roads down to a place called Tierra Amarilla, NM. That's where you turn off to go to Taos. Fairly easy road from there on. New Mexico DOT was working on some repairs through an uphill section when we went through. It will be relatively slow going through that section until you hit the open road that heads into Taos. Nothing spectacular except the scenery. Departing Taos over to Santa Fe (through Espanola first, then south on highway 84) is a very good road as well, and 4-lanes in places. You'd enjoy the trip!

Hope all that helps...
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We have a 2005 Dolphin and have traveled all the roads along your route without any problems. Others have already given you great advice, and Bumps listed some hidden gemstones that most folks miss.

I will give you an alternative route from the Sand Dunes if you would like to drive along the Arkansas river and enjoy the views thru the canyon between Salida and Canon City. Simply go N from the Sand Dunes to Salida, then go E on Hwy 50 to Canon City. Then, E of Canon City take Hwy 115 to Colorado Springs. This route will take about the same time as doubling back over La Veta pass along Hwy 160 to I-25, and is much nicer as far as the scenery goes. Cheyenne Mountain SP is on Hwy 115 at the far SW corner of Colorado Springs, and is a great place to stay while visiting the Pikes Peak area.

If you need any recommendations for places to stay or see, holler and I am sure you will get more than you bargained for!

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Bruce's recommendations are spot on. An easy route, and scenery is beautiful.
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Thanks for all that information. I think while in Ouray I'll drive the Jeep down 550 to Durango and decide whether or not to take the alternate route you described. Good to have that too. Thanks again,
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Good plan. There's no place to turn around on 550 after you've committed to drive the million dollar highway. Enjoy your trip!
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Thanks for all that information. I think while in Ouray I'll drive the Jeep down 550 to Durango and decide whether or not to take the alternate route you described. Good to have that too. Thanks again,
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Years ago when we had a pop up camper we drove the million dollar highway. It is scary being on the edge, especially when meeting large vehicles. The wife didn't enjoy looking over the side. I don't think we will do it in the MH. Sitting that much higher just makes it seem that much closer to the edge and father to the bottom.

That said the scenery is worth the drive in your jeep.

A lot of good advice on this thread of places to visit. Take your time. I plan on revisiting this part of the state again soon in our MH.
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