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Old 11-26-2010, 09:42 PM   #1
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I25 from Albuquerque to Las Cruces, NM

We will be picking up our new 5th wheel the first part of December and wondering what I 25 is like to drive. Do they get much snow on it and is it easy to drive on. First time pulling a 5th wheel.

We figured we would go from Albuquerque to Las Cruces, over to Tucson and home to Sun City. We think that I40 may be too difficult at that time as they seem to get black ice a lot.

Any opinions would be appreciated.

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It is a nice road but I have never driven it in winter. I would think it to be ok as interstates are usually well cared for. It is mostly a gentle downhill in that direction. I10 will be clear.
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Old 11-26-2010, 10:42 PM   #3
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We have had a lot of wind lately. Check before you head out. There is hardly ever snow even as far north as Albuquerque, but it has been rather cold here for about a week. We did have a dusting of snow two nights ago but it was gone by 9 AM. Daytime is fine I've lived here for six years and have yet to see a day that doesn't get above freezing. It was 17 F last nigh but warmed up to about 40 F during the day. As you head south it will get warmer but you will probably see 20 to 30 overnight.

I 25 is a great road, straight and mostly downhill heading south.

If your going to the east mountains check the weather it gets more snow and colder up by Tijeras, Edgewood, Moriarty east on I 40.

If you need fuel when you get to Albuquerque the Isleta Reservation, Broadway Exit, just south of the city has easy access and about as good pricing as you'll find around here.

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Old 11-26-2010, 10:49 PM   #4
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Thumbs up weather in LC

as Dick wrote, the next few days the weather will be fine and during the daytime in the low 60's.... it's an easy drive along 25 and 10....
We drove those roads for years without ever seeing snow in winter.

Have a safe drive
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If you need fuel when you get to Albuquerque the Isleta Reservation, Broadway Exit, just south of the city has easy access and about as good pricing as you'll find around here...
Use the station on the south side of the road (same side as the campground). They recently changed and are no longer Conoco Phillips, like as of this past week. They are also a couple of cents cheaper on fuel than the one across the street.

There are some deep ravines that I25 goes thru a ways South of Socorro, Can't tell you about winter weather as we haven't been here thru a winter but usually interstates stay clear. Besides, it's too windy for the snow to lay!
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Thank you all for your opinions. I feel more confident now. We can just take our time as we are not in a hurry.

Linda and Ron
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I think both stations have changed away from Conoco, but I can't remember ever seeing the price different. I saw the bulk truck there yesterday and it was the same truck that filled there tanks before the change, go figure. There both owned by the Reservation. Here is a picture, if you need diesel then the one what would seem north is better, diesel pumps on the right but if you not towing at the time either would work. Prices are clearly posted on both stations.

It's just a easer place to get fuel than going into the city.

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We live near Albuquerque and have family in the Phoenix area, so we make that drive several times a year.

Both I-25 and I-40 are perfectly good (I would rate them in the top 25% of all interstates we've driven in terms of both condition and driveability) interstate highways.

The only time winter weather is an issue for either one of them is when a storm is moving through the area and a day or so after. Keep an eye on the weather forecasts and current conditions and don't try to travel when inclement weather is in the area.

Assuming good weather conditions (which is the vast majority of the time). I would not hesitate to drive I-40 from Albuquerque to Flagstaff and I-17 from Flagstaff to Phoenix. You'll save a couple of hundred miles over the I-25 to
I-10 option.

Both New Mexico and Arizona transportation departments operate excellent road condition web sites, including web cams that let you look at the highway conditions in potential trouble spots in real time.
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I travel that route every Winter. If you do go the I-25 option, get off I25 South at the Hatch exit, then Hiway 26 to Deming. This cuts off about 75 miles to I10. Sometimes I40 can get more weather near Flagstaff then South to Phoenix than I10. Sugfest you stay in touch with the weather man. Have a goo0d trip.
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