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Old 08-07-2016, 08:41 AM   #1
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We are planning our trip to Wing Ding (Honda Goldwing Rally) in Billings MT. I am looking for a way to bypass Denver CO. At the present time we plan to go I-10 to I-25 which will take us through Denver. Any recommendations on getting through Denver as well as any steep grades that I should prepare for would be appreciated.
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You can go to the west or to the east toll rd and by-pass downtown Denver. Thats C470 to i70 to i76 back to i25 or e470(toll) to i25.Toll is by axle, about 25.00 for a car. They bill from your plate.
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For route knowledge regarding steep grades both up and down I suggest purchasing Mountain Directory. They offer a paper and electronic version. I purchased their electronic version while I waited for my overheated brakes to cool down while crossing the Cascades.


As for driving to Billings, I've driven past Denver before in my 33' Class A HR & toad and didn't find it too difficult. In times past when I worried about passing through a large busy city, such as LA or Dallas, I planned a late afternoon rest area stop about 50 miles outside of the city. Then after dinner and an early bedtime I awoke at 2:30am and drove through the city area. When I used this strategy to drive through Dallas I was still tired after I got through the city so I pulled into a second rest area and went back to sleep.


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We took I25 heading to South Dakota. The only steep grade was the Raton Pass at the New Mexico/Colorado border. It has an elevation of 7800 feet with 5-6% grades.

We went through Denver without any problems. Both trips through Denver were midday.
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via I-25 through Albuquerque and Denver is 1436 miles.

This way is 1360 miles and is extremely scenic and good for RVs. We've been on these highways with our 40' motorhome and you'd have no problem.

From Tucson I-10 north/I-17/I-40 to Flagstaff. Then 89 north toward Page, AZ to 160 to 191 north (Monument Valley area) through Moab, UT

Then I-70 east to Rifle, Colorado (nice state park) then CO13 north which becomes WY 789 to Creston, WY

Then I-80 east a very short distance to 287/220 into Casper, WY

Then I-25 out of Casper to I-90 to Billings.
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via I-25 through Albuquerque and Denver is 1436 miles.

This way is 1360 miles and is extremely scenic and good for RVs. We've been on these highways with our 40' motorhome and you'd have no problem.

From Tucson I-10 north/I-17/I-40 to Flagstaff. Then 89 north toward Page, AZ to 160 to 191 north (Monument Valley area) through Moab, UT
I did this just recently during a +12,000 mile Alaska/Western Canada road trip and found this part of the trip to be delightful. I actually did it twice going and returning, only on the return trip I visited the Grand Canyons north rim, beautiful and far less crowded than the south rim.

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Thanks for all the post, the information gives a lot of information that will make the trip a lot easier.
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via I-25 through Albuquerque and Denver is 1436 miles.

This way is 1360 miles and is extremely scenic and good for RVs. We've been on these highways with our 40' motorhome and you'd have no problem.

From Tucson I-10 north/I-17/I-40 to Flagstaff. Then 89 north toward Page, AZ to 160 to 191 north (Monument Valley area) through Moab, UT

Then I-70 east to Rifle, Colorado (nice state park) then CO13 north which becomes WY 789 to Creston, WY

Then I-80 east a very short distance to 287/220 into Casper, WY

Then I-25 out of Casper to I-90 to Billings.
Thanks for your information, I am working on the route, when you drove it did you have any problem finding fuel along the route? with your 40' motorhome if you could get into the fuel stops, I would not have a problem with my 38'
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In all our travels, including Alaska, we've never had an issue getting fuel so I guess we didn't on this route either. We had a 150 gal tank so we could travel a long distance. At 1/2 we'd start looking for a good place and filled up at the next one we saw.
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via I-25 through Albuquerque and Denver is 1436 miles.

This way is 1360 miles and is extremely scenic and good for RVs. We've been on these highways with our 40' motorhome and you'd have no problem.

From Tucson I-10 north/I-17/I-40 to Flagstaff. Then 89 north toward Page, AZ to 160 to 191 north (Monument Valley area) through Moab, UT

Then I-70 east to Rifle, Colorado (nice state park) then CO13 north which becomes WY 789 to Creston, WY

Then I-80 east a very short distance to 287/220 into Casper, WY

Then I-25 out of Casper to I-90 to Billings.
As is the Case 2gypsies has the better route - and has avoided the mountains - Think about Canyon de Chelly on the way up to Page - IMHO it has always been a Great Visit - When in Moab try to Drive Rt 128 along the Colorado River - couple more spots to think about on the route - Mexican Hat - Antelope Canyon or any slot canyon that you might enjoy - Might even catch Dino NM and Flaming Gorge - then on up to Alpine and follow the river into Jackson and the Tetons before you get to YNP on up to Billings. (might catch the Beartooth in the Toad)

This has developed into a Super Trip - One almost all could enjoy.

Make the drive as good as the destination!

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Thanks 2gypsies and Busskipper for your post. They will help on planning the trip
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