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Old 11-22-2017, 08:07 AM   #1
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Rocky Mountain spring travel

We plan on wandering around the New Mexico and Arizona late March into early April then follow spring up the spine of the Rockys arriving at the Southern terminus of the Alcan June 1st for a drive to Alaska.( NM, AZ, Utah, Idaho, Montana ). Our thought was to stay ahead of the hot weather but hopefully avoid blizzards. We will be traveling in a 4X4 truck with a small camper on the back. We are Vermonters and familiar with challenging weather. I would appreciate your thoughts on weather, routes, etc. Thanks for you help.
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Old 11-22-2017, 08:12 AM   #2
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I used to live in Santa Fe, NM. I would say that in March and April you should not have any issues with travels and snow. It can snow that time of year, but it will melt off pretty fast.
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a lot of places including rv parks and places of interest may be closed till mid april
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Old 11-22-2017, 04:17 PM   #4
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We tried traveling in Idaho one April and got into a blizzard on our way to Massacre Rocks State Park and I wouldn't even consider it to be in the mountains. It was scary in a RV. If you plan on traveling the mountain areas at least work in extra days in case you're sidelined by bad weather and monitor that weather constantly. If you're planning to do siteseeing in mountain areas you might want to save it for your return from Alaska in the Fall. By the way, when we went to Alaska we crossed at Sumas, Washington at a very easy crossing with minimal traffic. That was the 3rd week of May. You might consider traveling and exploring the Oregon/Washington coasts before crossing. Those would be very doable in April/May.
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Good question! We're wondering that as well. We expect to be traveling from Phoenix back to metro Detroit during the month of April next spring and are thinking about heading up through Colorado to spend a little time with friends in the Denver area. Since we're not on any real schedule - we can easily sit and wait out a spring snow. We haven't started digging into what parks are open that early in the season though.
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There is one in Golden that will be open- weather can be the big unknown!
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FYI April is the month with the most snow in the Denver front range area


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Old 11-30-2017, 07:20 PM   #8
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Rocky Mountain spring travel

One site that I use a lot in Colorado is Keno.org. There is a link there to a laundry list of CO webcams. We used it to get across Monarch last year then sat 4 days in Gunnison waiting for it to quit snowing. Used it on Wolf Creek and LaVeta a couple of times.
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March and April in AZ is beautiful! Catch some spring training baseball and visit the Grand Canyon for sure.
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