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Old 06-24-2020, 07:28 PM   #1
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El Paso to Flagstaff

Weíre headed west from Texas. One of our target locations is Flagstaff. Originally, I was planning a pretty simple route - I10 to I17 north to Flagstaff. With the Arizona fires and recent (short) I17 closure due to the fire, Iím thinking of a different route. Google gave me this alternative -

I10 west out of El Paso
I25 north
60 west at Socorro
191 north at Springerville
180 north at St Johns
I40 at Holbrook

My biggest concern, we travel in a 40í diesel pusher...pulling a car. Iím very comfortable just taking my time and going slow. What I donít like are super twisty/curvey roads (like Hwy 1 on the west coast). I donít mind steep climbs/decent - our engine brakes really handle steep decent really well...again, I just go slow.

Any advice on that route given my driving equipment?

Thanks, Dave
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I drove from Flagstaff through El Paso and on to Louisiana by way of the Hill Country at the end of October.


My route was somewhat different, but one you may wish to consider in reverse. My route was I-40 from Flagstaff with stops at Meteor Crater, to Holbrook, then Hwy 180 to the Petrified Forest NP south entrance where I spent the night at the free campground, and on to Saint Johns, AZ (a surprisingly scenic little town), south on US 191 to Springerville where I spent another night, then on south to Alpine, where I turned onto US 180, spending 3 or 4 nights in the Gila National Forest area, and on south through Silver City to Deming.


The vast majority of this route was good road, with the exception of a few miles of rough pavement just outside Holbrook, not bad road, just roughly finished pavement. There was also a few miles of sub par highway in the Gila national forest, from the NM state line down to around the intersection with NM 12. The section throughout the the Gila National Forest is scenic, a bit winding with a speed limit of about 50 mph. Just be aware there are limited pull off spots for big rigs between Alpine and Silver city, and no good fuel stops, so make sure you have a full tank of fuel before entering this stretch.
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Your planned route is an easy one. If you're ready to call it a day .... on 180 at the entrance road to Petrified Forest there's a rock shop to stay - Rainbow Forest Museum, I believe ... a few hookups or dry camping. You could disconnect your toad and take the road through Petrified Forest for a look see.

ON EDIT: Oops... I see Isaac-1 told you about the camping.
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This is a very useful website:


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Thank you for the feedback/ideas.
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Old 06-28-2020, 01:43 PM   #6
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From Phoenix on I-17 North to Flagstaff you will find some serious up hill driving. Check some maps for topography. We always use I25 to Albequerque the went to Flag. Then we go So. on I-17 to our destination (Camp Verde). Then on departure we head So. on I-17 to PHX.
Of course we have an old long winded girl with Cat 330.
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