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Old 05-17-2021, 01:14 PM   #1
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Best Route Houston to Estes Park, Colo.

Will be in Estes Park on Aug 25th for a week. Any info on best route, crowds, things to see and things to avoid in an Rv would be appreciated.
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Old 05-17-2021, 02:55 PM   #2
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Trail Ridge Road (Route 34) over the summit west of Estes Park is one of the most spectacular drives in the country.
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Old 05-17-2021, 03:09 PM   #3
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Nothing wrong with the "usual" route. Up I 45, to 287 to Amarillo then 87 to I25.


Check Texas DOT for construction updates before making final decision:

https://drivetexas.org/#/9/33.0986/-...5?future=false


Click on "default" and scroll along your route.



I am sure Colorado has a similar site.
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Old 05-17-2021, 03:17 PM   #4
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If you're on the West side of town, do 290 to Hwy 6 to Waco and then up I-35 to Fort Worth and 287 up to 87 to I-25. I seriously hate I-45..

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Will be in Estes Park on Aug 25th for a week. Any info on best route, crowds, things to see and things to avoid in an Rv would be appreciated.
I think about coming in through the mountains - Salida - Buena Vista - Twin Lakes - Leadville - Silverthorne - Kremmling - Grand Lake - then Just take Trail Ridge to Estes, The drive is just better with a lot to see out of those Windows.

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https://www.bing.com/maps?osid=c4169...=2&form=S00027

The only thing you will need to avoid is driving Trail Ridge after 10 o'clock in the morning, traffic get heavy and may make it a challenge in a Big RV.

JMHO, but why drive the Interstate through cities and traffic when you can avoid it and drive in those mountain you just drove a Thousand Miles to see.

If time allows Salida and Buena Vista both have great City River Parks right in town, they are well worth the effort to visit.

Just another Option once you get to Colorado - Really if you are from Houston you likely have a favorite way to get to I-25 to get you to RT 50 into the Mountains;

Hope this helps, Best of Luck,
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I think about coming in through the mountains - Salida - Buena Vista - Twin Lakes - Leadville - Silverthorne - Kremmling - Grand Lake - then Just take Trail Ridge to Estes, The drive is just better with a lot to see out of those Windows.

MAP -

https://www.bing.com/maps?osid=c4169...=2&form=S00027

The only thing you will need to avoid is driving Trail Ridge after 10 o'clock in the morning, traffic get heavy and may make it a challenge in a Big RV.

JMHO, but why drive the Interstate through cities and traffic when you can avoid it and drive in those mountain you just drove a Thousand Miles to see.

If time allows Salida and Buena Vista both have great City River Parks right in town, they are well worth the effort to visit.

Just another Option once you get to Colorado - Really if you are from Houston you likely have a favorite way to get to I-25 to get you to RT 50 into the Mountains;

Hope this helps, Best of Luck,
Hey Bill, I too am interested in this thread. I will be coming from Glenwood Springs area, would it be a good route to take 34 from the Grand Lake side to Estes Park, in a 40fter towing a Jeep?

Also note the park is requiring a entrance ticket for a timed arrival, would this apply to traverse the park?

Thanks!
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If you're on the West side of town, do 290 to Hwy 6 to Waco and then up I-35 to Fort Worth and 287 up to 87 to I-25. I seriously hate I-45..

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Just made the trip today and roads are not to bad. Traffic was great. We also avoid hwy. 45 as much as possible. Get ready for the crowds and get your entry passes for the park as soon as possible. Safe travels

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The timed entry link - https://www.nps.gov/romo/planyourvis...mit-system.htm

I am opposed to this practice - Once you make them like a movie theater, you will never get them Back, JMHO.

In the old days we would just Travel with no reservations - PERIOD - to any thing - not sure if I read the "RULES" correctly but if you enter before 9 you are fine? Not needing a pass. Will guess the lines in will be Long early if that is the case at some point twogypsies will get us all straight so the old guys like me can understand it.

Hope the link helps, Best of Luck,
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Hey Bill, I too am interested in this thread. I will be coming from Glenwood Springs area, would it be a good route to take 34 from the Grand Lake side to Estes Park, in a 40fter towing a Jeep?

Also note the park is requiring a entrance ticket for a timed arrival, would this apply to traverse the park?

Thanks!
Hwy 34 is Trail Ridge Road that takes you across the heart of RMNP. It can be steep and winding in places and will be crowded so plan accordingly.

From what I understand, you will need a timed permit even if just driving through.
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Looks like I would be tight to the 9am window(not requiring and entry ticket) coming from Glenwood Springs. Anyways just seen this, and to my reading it looks like that area of the park is CLOSED. Google also shows 34 closed in that area? Anyone speak to this having been there recently?

https://www.nps.gov/romo/learn/uploa...D_20210513.jpg
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Looks like I would be tight to the 9am window(not requiring and entry ticket) coming from Glenwood Springs. Anyways just seen this, and to my reading it looks like that area of the park is CLOSED. Google also shows 34 closed in that area? Anyone speak to this having been there recently?

https://www.nps.gov/romo/learn/uploa...D_20210513.jpg
Never mind... just called NPS and they said the roads are open(will be by July), only the trails are closed.
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Just looking at the picture in the link made me sick. We've been to Rocky Mtn.NP many times and even volunteered there. We haven't returned for about 5yr so don't know what it's like now.

Things are changing for all the national parks.... too crowded. It's not good for anyone's experience and it's definitely not good for the park and the animals. They will need to do something. Our parks are being loved to death.

If I remember correctly, last year with Covid you needed a permit to traverse Trail Ridge Rd. I don't know what their plans are for this summer but I would think they'd announce it fast.

For those visiting this summer I highly recommend you keep looking at their website for any new announcements.

https://www.nps.gov/romo/index.htm

https://www.nationalparkstraveler.or...ccess-strategy
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On the Texas part.......

If you live on the Katy side of HOU take 290 out and turn north in Navasota thru BCS and catch 35 in Waco. Take that little piece of loop 340 in Waco around to the north end. If you're HOU proper take 45 to Ennis/287 and up to FTW.

FTW depending on the time of day you might want to take 820W around and catch 35W at the top.
A couple of options, there is a Cabela's at exit 64ish maybe 65 on 35W since you don't have one in Houston. Then there's Buc'ee's at 114 and 35W but you've seen a ton of those.

287 will take you to Wichita Falls and on to Amarillo. Copper Breaks SP S out of Quanah is a dark sky park and should be beautiful. In Amarillo we stay at Oasis RV on the west side of town.

Out of Amarillo I would strongly suggest taking the Loop N then getting on 87 to Dumas then over to Hartley. Taking Boys Ranch Road is a blast in a sports car lots of twists and turns up hill down hill. Not so much fun in a RV.

Go to Raton and catch 25. There is a great campground just before the border called Cedar Rail beautiful vistas to the south.

OR

35 all the way to Salina, KS then west on 70 much simpler but kinda boring.

We stay in FT Collins so I can't speak about Estes Park.
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