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Old 10-06-2022, 06:29 AM   #1
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Denver to Grand Junction

I would like to know how is the condition of I 70 from Denver to Grand Junction.
Im planning a trip next September and would like to know the road conditions.
I have read in other posts that the road is in bad shape.
How bad is it really?
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I-70 is a rough and heavily trafficked with a lot of steep grades.

Are you wanting to through Denver? If you don't have a reason for that specific route, there are better options.
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Old 10-06-2022, 11:16 AM   #3
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I really doubt the condition of I 70 over the Rockies will be the same in 11 months as today.
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Is Grand Junction your destination? Or on the way to somewhere else?
Is Denver your start point or somewhere along the way?

I -80, Cheyene to SLC is a much better way west.

Hwy 50, Pueblo to Grand Junction only has one tough pass (Monarch), and a much prettier drive if you are not in a hurry.

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I-70 is a rough and heavily trafficked with a lot of steep grades.

Are you wanting to through Denver? If you don't have a reason for that specific route, there are better options.
Just on my way to the Utah National Parks and Grand Canyon.
Gotta do one trip before I get too old
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Is Grand Junction your destination? Or on the way to somewhere else?
Is Denver your start point or somewhere along the way?

I -80, Cheyene to SLC is a much better way west.

Hwy 50, Pueblo to Grand Junction only has one tough pass (Monarch), and a much prettier drive if you are not in a hurry.

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I really doubt the condition of I 70 over the Rockies will be the same in 11 months as today.
Probably in worse shape than it already is in
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Just on my way to the Utah National Parks and Grand Canyon.
Gotta do one trip before I get too old
Many better routes then. If you want to hit GJ, then look into WY-798/CO-13 from I-80. Pretty easy route but only a two lane hwy for most of it.
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If taking I-70, get off in Kansas on Hwy 83 south. Go to 50 west at Garden City, Kansas.

Hwy 50 through Colorado is beautiful.

Or.... if you do Grand Canyon first, take I-70 to I-35 south in Kansas to I-40 west to Williams, AZ.

After Grand Canyon take I-40 east to Flagstaff then north on 89 to gain access to the Utah national parks. Page, AZ to Kanab, UT - tour Zion then Hwy 12 east to Bryce to Capitol Reef to Arches/Canyonlands

Make Arches Nat'l Park your last one then take I-70 east to Grand Junction, CO and pick up Hwy 50 east to I35 in Kansas then north to I-70 east.
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I’ve been driving I70 through the Rockies for the past 12 years. It’s beautiful. It’s rough in many areas, there’s always construction somewhere. Some bridge to road transitions are bad. It’s definitely doable and if you’ve never done it….do it. The road engineering in the Glenwood Springs area is amazing. Traffic is usually heaviest in the Denver to Vail area
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I live in Colorado Springs and have a daughter who lives near Glenwood Springs. We make the trip several times a year in cars and occasionally in the motorhome towing the Jeep. Mapping apps will direct you from Colorado Springs to Denver and on to Glenwood Springs on I70.

I rarely go that way because I70 between Denver and Vail is not a good drive. There are many LONG, STEEP grades both up and down. However that is not the issues. Traffic on I70 ranges from heavy up to rush hour density. The drive can be mountain driving combined with city rush hour for 100 miles. It is almost always a tense drive! I forgot to mention....the highway is in VERY BAD shape in places!

Those who think I70 is the most scenic way through Colorado haven't seen the rest of Colorado! Let me advise you on a way through Colorado to Grand Junction that is a more relaxing drive, is more scenic and still retains the portion of I70 through the Glenwood Canyon.

Click on this MAP. This route directs you from Limon, CO to Vail, CO using US24. While a longer drive than I70 it is a much more pleasant drive and a more scenic drive! It directs you through Colorado Spring. You might spend a day in Colorado Springs and visit the Air Force Academy, drive the Pikes Peak Highway in your toad, shop in Manitou Springs!?

Other points of interest on this route are the town of Leadville, CO a historic mining town, the training site of the 10th Mountain Division during WWII, the bridge across the Eagle River near Red Cliff, CO, the ghost town of Gilman easily seen from the highway, Gilman can be seen, not visited. Not to mention a large number of 14K' peaks along the highway.

This is the route I take when I visit the kids in Glenwood Springs! It is still mountain driving, it is mostly 2 lane highway, however there are NO LONG steep grades like on I70. The grades are much shorter. I drive it in my 34' motorhome towing my Jeep without problems. I just made that trip last week.
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I also live in Colorado Springs and agree with yeloduster. We just did the trip on US 24 a few weeks ago and it's much less stressful and far more scenic than I-70 from Denver. Far less traffic and road surface conditions are much better. It is a bit slower though.

I-70 through Glenwood Canyon still had some construction, but otherwise wasn't too bad from Minturn to Rifle where we got off.

Unless things have changed from last year, I-70 coming into Colorado from Kansas is in horrible shape for at least the first 30 miles.

Hwy 50 as twogypsies suggested has had major construction between Gunnison & Montrose that could result in long waits depending on when you might go through there. You could take Hwy 50 to Salida, then Hwy 24 up through Leadville to Minturn and then I-70. We've driven Hwy 50 from eastern Colorado and road surface conditions are much better than I-70. Again not as fast as I-70, but far less stressful and more scenic.

I've lived here over 40 years and avoid I-70 out of Denver as much as possible. It's not a fun drive no matter what type of vehicle.
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The Hwy 50 construction is due to be completed in 2023. It's a 4-mile stretch of one-way traffic.
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I must need a geography lesson. The OP wanted to go from Denver to Grand Junction on I-70 and wondered what the road condition was. I think that is pretty much due West.

But I see folks saying go to Kansas or go through Wyoming....... huh??

I've always found I-70 to be OK. Maybe traffic, steep grades, etc.; but scenic and likely the most efficient.
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