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Old 07-11-2013, 04:18 PM   #1
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We are currently in Fairplay CO and will be leaving soon to spend 1 week at Moraine Park Campground in Rocky Mountain National Park. Fairplay is right on US 285 and Route 9. What would be the best route to take driving a 40' motorhome towing a jeep?
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Ever been to RMNP? With a 40' and toad save yourself the heart attack and go to Utah instead. Narrow roads, scary switchbacks, and pothead drivers, not the safest way to go. I went up there a coupla times with a 25' class C and was scared to death each time. There is no recommended route.
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Ever been to RMNP? With a 40' and toad save yourself the heart attack and go to Utah instead. Narrow roads, scary switchbacks, and pothead drivers, not the safest way to go. I went up there a coupla times with a 25' class C and was scared to death each time. There is no recommended route.
Wow, scared a bit here in CO? I don't find it bad out here at all.

The route I would go with that size is.

Wider, less scenic - Take 285 North to 470 west. Take that to hwy 6, continue onto hwy 93, then onto hwy 36, 36 will take you to Estes and RMNP. This is a popular/busy route.
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Thanks Funrover, that's the kind of input I was looking for. The only time I've ever been scared in Colorado is sometimes when I'm in my Jeep, but that's on purpose!
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Thanks for good directions
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Funrover..........what's the downside to going through Frisco and the I 70 to hwy 93??
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There are several routes to get from Fairplay to RMNP. Stevemac asked for the best way to go. I agree that the 285 to 470 way is the best one. You can follow the foothills instead of going over the top. With the heat we have been having, there are lots of overheated vehicles on the side of the road up there.
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Funrover..........what's the downside to going through Frisco and the I 70 to hwy 93??
It's a comfort level. HWY 9 from Fairplay to Frisco is a beautiful drive. The road is a nice 2 lane. The grade makes from slower travel for sure. However The top of Hoosier Pass is a great place to get out and take a break. Walk a trail etc. The downside is also a steeper grade w/ switchbacks. Completely do-able, it's a little narrow for some folks. However if you are going that route I would just stay on 9 to Kremmling. Catch 40 to Granby then 34 and go through RMNP. It really is a beautiful drive.
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Thanks JudyH and Funrover. We're actually going to Lyons so I'll have to make a decision on either 285 to 470 to 93 to 36 or through Frisco.
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Either way have fun. While in Lyons take time to hike/bike Hall Ranch. Just a quick FWIW!!
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