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Old 07-25-2020, 10:04 AM   #1
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Curious. Anyone driven Colorado 285 from Fairplay to Denver. We are going from Grand Junction to Alma to stay for 3 days then heading back to Ohio. Any information on the route would be greatly appreciated.
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I'm a fulltimer that lives in Denver during the summer and I came down 285 from Fairplay to Denver July 18th which was a Saturday. 285 was jampacked with cars and RVs the traffic was worse on 285 coming up from Denver but it was still pretty bad going down.

Fairplay was very busy and people were having a little trouble getting around in large RVs. Now this could have been because it was a weekend, but I've lived in Colorado for over 30 years and I've never seen it as crowded with tourists as it is right now.

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It just occurred to me that you may have been asking for information about the safety of driving an RV on 285 and not the local traffic conditions.

So the answer to that is, it's a great Highway and no problem at all for any RV. It's two lane about three quarters of the way from Fairplay to Denver and then the remainder is four-lane.

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WE have driven it twice now (and probably again next month) with our 40 ft DP and toad with NO problem. Traffic can be heavy at times.
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Is there a reason you're going into the Denver area from Alma? If you're planning on I-70 to Ohio, to avoid the Denver congestion you could take Hwy 9 from Fairplay to Hwy 24 all the way to Limon, CO on I-70.

Plus, Hwy 24 is a shorter distance...156 mi. vs. 174 mi via Denver.
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Is there a reason you're going into the Denver area from Alma? If you're planning on I-70 to Ohio, to avoid the Denver congestion you could take Hwy 9 from Fairplay to Hwy 24 all the way to Limon, CO on I-70.

Plus, Hwy 24 is a shorter distance...156 mi. vs. 174 mi via Denver.
Ditto to above - just add to the fact that we will take RT 36 across to Hannibal as it is a good drive with less traffic and fewer trucks. -

The reason the traffic is so heavy is the fact that the road is Good and that everyone in Denver leaves to get outta Town on the weekend (That usually start on Thursday and will last till Monday - do they ever work in Denver?) We'll find out soon as we head to Superior, on Tuesday -

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Thanks. I have no real reason to go near Denver. I’m going to give 24 a shot.
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