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Old 09-11-2019, 06:08 PM   #1
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Chama NM to Durango Co

Class A 36 towing. We drove Santa Fe to Chama. Use 84 to 160 to 550. All mountains or?
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84 to 160 west is the way to go. No mountains. Durango is at 160 & 550.

If you want beautiful mountains then do a day trip from Durango up 550 to Silverton or continue to Ridgway and 62 returning via 145 to 160 east to Durango. A gorgeous drive.
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84 to 160 west is the way to go. No mountains. Durango is at 160 & 550.

If you want beautiful mountains then do a day trip from Durango up 550 to Silverton or continue to Ridgway and 62 returning via 145 to 160 east to Durango. A gorgeous drive.
I am planning a trip this coming summer and one leg of the trip takes me from Dolores to Ridgway State Park. I am in a 34 foot gas motorhome, towing, and on the map it looks like I should take 145 to 62 to 550. When you say this route is a mountain drive for a day trip, I am concerned and wonder if I should drive this in my motorhome.
Can someone who has driven this route between Dolores and Ridgway let me know if it is suitable for motorhomes?
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I am planning a trip this coming summer and one leg of the trip takes me from Dolores to Ridgway State Park. I am in a 34 foot gas motorhome, towing, and on the map it looks like I should take 145 to 62 to 550. When you say this route is a mountain drive for a day trip, I am concerned and wonder if I should drive this in my motorhome.
Can someone who has driven this route between Dolores and Ridgway let me know if it is suitable for motorhomes?
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I took that route going to Montrose, CO. I have a 37 gasser and I was towing my CJ7, you will go up Lizzard Head pass, it was slow going but doable.

Enjoy the views, you can still see the snow in the mountains in June
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I am planning a trip this coming summer and one leg of the trip takes me from Dolores to Ridgway State Park. I am in a 34 foot gas motorhome, towing, and on the map it looks like I should take 145 to 62 to 550. When you say this route is a mountain drive for a day trip, I am concerned and wonder if I should drive this in my motorhome.
Can someone who has driven this route between Dolores and Ridgway let me know if it is suitable for motorhomes?
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It is definitely suitable for motorhomes. You're not going to be driving on the much talked about part of 550 between Ouray & Silverton to Durango. 145 to 62 to 550 to Ridgeway is a very nice drive - all uphill from Dolores to Telluride and then rolling hills.
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Thanks CJ7365 and Twogypsies. That's what I needed to know. I feel good now.
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we drove that route from chama to durango last fall towing a large 5th wheel. no problems at all! it's nearly level the entire way. plan on stopping in pagosa springs for lunch or something. we found it to be a very very nice place!!!
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Here is the elevation profile from InRoute app...
The first route has a sharp elevation gain in one spot outside Durango
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Those elevation maps are deceiving. That is such a small gain over the mileage. We've driven it so many times and I can't even picture where it increases abruptly. It's a very easy drive.
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We drove Charma to Aztec in October across on US64 which was an overall nice pleasant drive, though lanes were a little narrow in places. Can't comment much on 84, except for the short section where 84 and 64 ran together outside Charma, at the point where these 2 highways split, 84 is the wider road.
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not disputing the elevation map. but that big increase is 1,000 feet over about 8 miles. that's an average of 125 feet per mile. not bad in my opinion
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Wade, there are a couple of really nice Forest Service campgrounds on the route from Delores to Telluride. “Matterhorn” and “Sunshine” are especially nice places to linger. Cortez/Delores is a great area in general.

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