Originally Posted by Doughydman
Is this a route full of mountain passes? As you can see I've got a gasser that when I'm fully loaded doesn't do mountain passes well. Not scared of a few hills but if the whole route is hilly might recondsider. Just looking at getting there. I'll have a truck full of anxious kids with me.
I-70 goes Through the Mountain/Loveland Pass - officially the Eisenhower–Edwin C. Johnson Memorial Tunnel, - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loveland_Pass
- at 11,158' it's up there - then the next real challenge is Monarch Pass - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Monarch_Pass
- again at 11,312 is up there too.
While I was younger, Before Al Gore invented the Internet
, I never knew about all these Passes that I was driving - I just remember going up the Mountain and worrying how to keep from burning up the brakes going Down - was never a problem going up as I slowed down to look out at the Beautiful Rocks
so I barely ever remember any of them, unless the sights were memorable.
So go ........take your time this is a Beautiful Drive - Leadville - Turquoise Lake - Camp Hale - Twin Lakes/Independence Pass - Buena Vista - Arkansas River - Browns Canyon NM - Collegiates - Salida -Monarch Mountain Ski Resort - Gunnison - Blue Mesa Reservoir - Crested Butte - Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP - Montrose - Ridgway SP - Ouray - RT 550 to Silverton - then all the 4X4 trails to Ride Hike - Train to or from Durango.
Then look over this post for insight into the San Juan's - http://www.irv2.com/forums/f42/ouray...ml#post4793634
With all that's on this route you will need TIME - because no-one will be bored.
Enjoy the drive - Can't get across those Rocky Mountains, unless you go UP,
Let us know how else we can help,