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Old 01-19-2019, 12:44 PM   #1
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Durango to Interstate 25

Hi all,

Next summer (June & July), we're going to be travelling in the west with our grandkids.

We plan on taking them to Durango, CO, and then go north into Wyoming in Interstate 25. I was thinking of taking US 160 from Durango over to 25. I'm not familiar with the route, and I've seen some conflicting information online. Please give me your take on this route.

We are driving a 40' DP with toad.

Thanks.
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Google Wolf Creek Pass.
Semis and RV drive it all the time, just a little mountain driving. Go slow and use your Pac Brake.
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You could go to Silverton, Ouray. "Million Dollar Highway" then E. on I70.
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With a 40' diesel MH you won't have any issues doing Wolf Creek Pass just past Pagosa Springs. We've done it often - both directions. From Pagosa you'll have the big uphill then a downhill - not as big - only 6%. If you were coming from the other direction you'd have a 7% downhill into Pagosa Springs.

Stop a night or two in Pagosa Springs and do some awesome soaking in the concrete, clean pools of varying temperatures overlooking the river. We spend all morning moving from pool to pool and pack a cooler for snacks. Then you'll be so relaxed that Wolf Creek Pass won't bother you a bit!

Where are you heading in Wyoming? There are several other options you could do other than I-25 out of Colorado which puts you through very busy Denver. One would be to head west from Durango toward Moab, Utah and then head north to Wyoming from there. You could also take 160 west from Durango to Cortez (Mesa Verde Nat'l Park) and pick up CO Hwy 145 north to 62 to Ridgway and continue on 550/50 north to Montrose (Black Canyon Nat'l Park) and north to Grand Junction, CO and I-70 (Colorado Nat'l Monument) - stay at James Robb State Park - very nice. Then you have various options into Wyoming.

Get the Mountain Directory for Truckers and RVers to read about mountain driving. Many of the Passes are RV-friendly. Don't try to avoid them. That's where the beautiful scenery is!!
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Donít go the Ouray route over Red mountain. Wolf Creek pass is a piece of cake compared to Red mountain. Youíll be fine taking hwy 160.
I concur with the heated pools in Pagosa Springs.
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Hi all,

Next summer (June & July), we're going to be travelling in the west with our grandkids.

We plan on taking them to Durango, CO, and then go north into Wyoming in Interstate 25. I was thinking of taking US 160 from Durango over to 25. I'm not familiar with the route, and I've seen some conflicting information online. Please give me your take on this route.

We are driving a 40' DP with toad.

Thanks.
RT 160 is a breeze.

BUT - why would you be in the Rockies and Head for the Cities/with Traffic/Concrete and I-25?

Durango is in the Heart of some of the most Beautiful Parts of Colorado, Head North using Either Lizard Head or RT 160 and get towards Gunnison/Crested Butte/Salida/Buena Vista/Leadville/ Turquoise Lake/Collegiates/Independence Pass to name a few. (I did not suggest RT 550 through Silverton and Ouray - but it is an Option if you are comfortable with mountain roads)

Then if you need a little civilization Catch Breck/Vail/Copper areas before heading up to Steamboat and Wyoming.

Something like this?

Map using RT 145 - https://binged.it/2RC7JrD

MAP using RT 160 - https://binged.it/2CsdTQE

Or you can head on out RT 160 to I-25 and Bounce on up North, Just a couple more options.

Hope this helps,
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Before you leave Durango, I'd recommend you go to the Bar-D Wranglers chuckwagon dinner and western show. It's an outdoor theater and experience you should enjoy. All the roads mentioned so far are good roads...expect road construction on all Colorado roads. Hwy 550 north to Silverton/Ouray is not a route I would recommend.....it's just not worth it in a large RV.

Not knowing your time frame, you have choices of the slower incredibly scenic routes or the quickest. If you want scenic, Busskipper has mentioned several places you should not miss. His suggestion of the San Juans route is a really good one. Take Hwy 160 west, (I'm guessing you've already included Mesa Verde in you Durango visit) to Mancos. Go northwest, (about 18 miles) to Hwy 145. (No need to go all the way to Cortez.) There are TONS of scenery and fun things, (all ages) to do on this route. (Hwy 145 to Hwy 62 to Hwy 550 north, to 50 east, to Hwy 285 north, all the way to C-470 North & West to Hwy 25 is a suggestion). C-470 is not a toll road. (The toll road is E-470, from Highlands Ranch east and north, then west to I-25 - don't recommend E470 toll road - due to cost.)

Another route you might consider is Hwy 160 east to Monte Vista, then north, (left turn) on to Hwy 285, to C-470. (Monte Vista, Saguache, Poncha Springs, Buena Vista, Fairplay, (see South Park City in Fairplay) Bailey, Evergreen/Conifer, C0-470 North) an easy drive, no major passes, good roads and several beautiful spots along the way. (Much better than Hwy 160E to Walsenburg/I-25.)

As you provide more information as to your preferences, you can get some good recommendations from those who know Colorado pretty well. Reservations recommended ASAP in June, July.

Enjoy your trip & safe travels.
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Skip Wolf Creek. Too much inexperienced traffic. Head SE out of Pagosa Springs to Chama. If weather’s OK, Route 17 to Antonito, 285 to Alamosa/160. Beautiful drive, way less traffic. No more time than you’d lose in one backup going over Wolf Creek.
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Hmm. We've driven Wolf Creek Pass during the summer and certainly no backups. It's three lanes in places. If you want to go slow just get behind the semi trucks; otherwise, it's smooth sailing.
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Hmm. We've driven Wolf Creek Pass during the summer and certainly no backups. It's three lanes in places. If you want to go slow just get behind the semi trucks; otherwise, it's smooth sailing.
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Thanks for the great advice! We're not really going to Denver, just passing through. We're heading up to the Black Hills, then across to Yellowstone. We're trying to give the grandkids a varied experience of the west. They're from Ohio, and have never traveled.
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We stay in South Fork every summer. Last year there was some construction but only one major accident caused delay that I was aware of. It was shutdown for several hours on that one.
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Like the prior post said.
Go the west route to Moeb than north to Wyoming, that's a good suggestion.
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If you are going to see the Black Hills, there is a week or more right there, depending on the amount of time you have to spare. Be sure and be gone by about the third week of July as the Bike Rally begins in Sturgis on August 2ed and the bikers show up early to sight see the Black Hills.

Sounds like an adventure, hope your grand kids enjoy it.

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