Originally Posted by DIYTOM
Thanks for your responses. I will be coming from Ca. I want to stop in Denver and head east from there. Does I-70 have any long real steep grades?
Tom, could you let the forum know what you are pulling with? The more we know the better the info is.
If Denver is the destination then obviously I-70 is the simplest option, and is done everyday by RV'ers of every type and description. As has been suggested you need to be aware of how to drive in the Mountains, the going up is not usually the issue - it's the Going Down and being able to Stop that should be your biggest concern. Read about it and Think about it before you get out and do it, as you need to be able to stop after miles of slowing down and heating up those brakes if you are not using your transmission or engine brakes.
To your specific Question of Passes on I-70 the two you will need to be careful on are Vail Pass - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vail_Pass
and Loveland Pass - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Loveland_Pass
. Glenwood Springs has what is often referred to as the Most Beautiful part of the Interstate System, the over and under roads on the side of the mountain next to the Colorado River - https://www.google.com/search?q=glen...h=760&biw=1536
I'd also add that if this is a trip that you want to be memorable - you might keep you Camera Handy, as there is so much to see along the way. Map - https://www.bing.com/maps?osid=be57f...=2&form=S00027
- the little corner of Arizona along the Virgin River has always caught my eye - Zion - usually calls - all of Utah is just Eye Candy - I'd also suggest a run into Moab to RT 128 to follow the Colorado River back to I-70 - one of my favorite drives in all of Utah - Then into Colorado - I usually suggest that people get off the Interstate at exit 244, left hand exit to RT 6 that takes you into Golden Following Clear Creek - less traffic and not as steep going into Golden and is another of the drives I never Miss, Just Beautiful.
As usual I've gotten/gone over the top on the simple answer, but you being new to this RV'ing thing just thought it might help.
Last little thing - I often suggest to people wanting to see more as they head East or West is to Look at getting up onto RT 36 across Kansas and Missouri, ending in Hannibal - it is just a more pleasant drive to the Mississippi River.
There you go - more than you might ever want to know on the simple Question of getting to Denver - Now if you want to spend some time in Utah and Colorado ..................Oh the info you will need .........but that will be in another post.
Hope this is of some help.
Best of Luck with your adventure,