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Old 05-22-2012, 06:55 AM   #1
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Colorado Hwy 133

I want to travel from just west of Denver to Cortex, CO in a 45 ft MH pulling a Jeep. Am considering Hwy 82 out of Glenwood Springs to Carbondale connecting with 133 over to 92 to Delta.
Is this a good route or should I go over thru Moab, UT. and down? I know that route, but wanted to travel something different.
Anyone done this, or have any suggestions?
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Have you considered dropping south on I-25 and taking US 160 through Durango?

I am more comfortable staying on US rather than state highways in the mountains.

We just returned from Moab via Grand Junction, Montrose, Gunnison, Woodland Park and the Springs. Not a very direct route, but gorgeous.
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I want to travel from just west of Denver to Cortex, CO in a 45 ft MH pulling a Jeep. Am considering Hwy 82 out of Glenwood Springs to Carbondale connecting with 133 over to 92 to Delta.
Is this a good route or should I go over thru Moab, UT. and down? I know that route, but wanted to travel something different.
Anyone done this, or have any suggestions?
Yes, I've done it several times. After passing Marble, CO you will encounter McClure Pass. It's pretty steep and pretty long, but the road is wide and I've never had issues with it. It's a nice drive.

You could also take US 285 to US 160. That would seem to be a more direct route from Denver to Cortez. I have not been on those roads however, so can't tell you what they're like.
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I want to travel from just west of Denver to Cortex, CO in a 45 ft MH pulling a Jeep. Am considering Hwy 82 out of Glenwood Springs to Carbondale connecting with 133 over to 92 to Delta.
Is this a good route or should I go over thru Moab, UT. and down? I know that route, but wanted to travel something different.
Anyone done this, or have any suggestions?
82 to133 looks good. 133 has McClure Pass with 8% grades for 3 1/2 miles and 20-40 mph curves. 92 runs along a canyon where the gunnison river flows and has very steep drop offs close to the edge with no guard rails and 5-7% grades. This info was from the Mountain Directory.
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I've towed our 34' 5er over McClure a number of times. I like it because it tops out at a bit over 8,000 ft, which is a lot less then Wolf Creek or Grand Mesa or most other passes. It is steep but no worse than others. I wonder if the cheeries are ripe yet? If so, there should be a number of road-side farmers' markets set up on that hywy.
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285 to 160 is a good route with good roads. You should have no problems with it.
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I apprecate all the info about the different routes from Denver to Cortez.
We have decided to travel to Yellostone. Will travel south to Cortez from there.
Thanks again
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