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Old 05-29-2012, 05:48 PM   #1
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Grand Junction, CO to Loveland tomorrow

We're in Grand Junction, Colorado now, heading to Loveland. Google maps wants us to go I-70/I-76/I-25 and is calling this 300 miles, 5 hours 17 minutes. That makes my (now napping!) hubby think this is a one day trip in a forty foot diesel pusher with a toad. I've read what the Mountain West Directory has to say.

What do you say? Is Denver going to bog us down for hours? Should we save our sanity and break this into two days? If so, any suggestions on where to stay overnight? We're in no hurry. Thanks a lot!
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I've made that trip in one day easy towing a 34' 5er. It will take longer than 6 hours and all depends on when you leave and what time you hit Denver traffic.
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Old 05-29-2012, 06:40 PM   #3
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It is a one day trip, but you could stop in Idaho Springs at Cottonwood RV Campground and break the trip up.

Cottonwood RV Colorado - RV Camping in the heart of the Colorado Rockies

Late afternoon traffic around Denver, I-76 and I-25 North gets pretty congested. By stopping at Idaho Springs (have a Pizza at Beau Jo's Pizza!) you can start in the morning and miss the traffic.
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Thanks! If we make it a one day trip, we'll be setting the alarm clock. Ugh!

Although, I do love good pizza...

Thanks a lot!
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We live in Grand Junction

The 2 canyons you go through may have construction. They did 2 weeks ago when I made this trip in a car. Also do not speed in the canyon most likely will be radar in the 55 an 60 mph zones.
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Is Cottonwood the one that has the hot springs near it?
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There are hot springs at Glen Springs, there's a couple of CG there.
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Made it! The trip took us 5 1/2 hours, plus 1 1/4 hours delay for I-70 being closed for a Haz-mat spill at Frisco. Roads were good except for the five mile stretch of I-76, which was no treat. We hit Denver at around 1:30 and went through it like a hot knife through butter.

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