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Old 04-05-2012, 06:30 PM   #1
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Traveling in Colorado on 160 East to West

Hello. We are taking a trip this summer from Arizona to Mt Rushmore . On our way back we are stopping off for a couple of days in Durango, CO. Any suggestions, comments or advice on taking Highway 160 from Interstate 25 or a better route. From maps and Google Earth 160 seems to be the better route. We are traveling in our 40 foot DP and no toad. Any help would be appreciated.
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Traveling in sw colorado

We have spent a lot of time in the four corners area. I don't know where in Arizona you will be going, but I would suggest going West on 160 from Durango to Cortez, then NW on US 491 to Monticello, Utah, then South on US 191 through Canyonlands country. Just South of Bluff, Utah where US 191 turns South, continue straight on US 163 through Mexican Hat, Monument Valley, and on to Kayenta, Az where you will rejoin US 160. From there you can proceed to Flagstaff and Interstste 17. There is a lot to see on that route.

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We have spent a lot of time in the four corners area. I don't know where in Arizona you will be going, but I would suggest going West on 160 from Durango to Cortez, then NW on US 491 to Monticello, Utah, then South on US 191 through Canyonlands country. Just South of Bluff, Utah where US 191 turns South, continue straight on US 163 through Mexican Hat, Monument Valley, and on to Kayenta, Az where you will rejoin US 160. From there you can proceed to Flagstaff and Interstste 17. There is a lot to see on that route.

Have fun!!!.....Jim
Thanks Jim for your info. However, I guess I wasn't clear. We live here in Scottsdale AZ and are heading north this summer to Mmt Rushmore via Utah and into Cody WY. On our trip back home going south, we are going through Ft. Collins, CO. Heading for Durango, CO, from Ft collins,we are trying to choose the best and less stressful route to Durango and then on to Mesa verde.
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Wolf Creek Pass on US 160 between South Fork and Pagosa Springs has a 6% climb and a 7% descent when travelling east to west ... most of this is 4 lane highway ...

I have been over Wolf Creek Pass in the opposite direction. I was glad I had an exhaust brake.
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Wolf Creek Pass is not as bad as it used to be-rt 160 is a good road and scenic.The pass is ok just take it slow.
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Thanks for the info. Rest assured I will be using the exhaust brake and taking it slow
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US-160 in Colorado

JoeBear, we have traveled US-160 several times in a 36-foot MH towing a Jeep Liberty and found it to be a good road. If you want a more scenic route south from the Denver area, I would suggest taking US-285 south from Denver to US-160. It is a great road, and quite scenic.


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I agree with RedT
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There is a restored mining town in Fairplay, CO on US 285

==> South Park City
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CW McCall - Wolf Creek Pass - YouTube

This is a video of Wolfe Creek pass. I've been over it going west pulling a travel trailer.
Great fun!!
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