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Old 02-16-2021, 03:10 PM   #1
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Tunnel Heights on US-6 West out of Golden, CO

We're planning to spend a few days visiting family in Golden, CO late August this year, and I'm interested in staying in Golden Gate Canyon State Park while there. Looking at the SP website, they recommend taking US-6 west out or Golden, connecting with CO-119 to get to the SP. According to the website, this is the "Best route for RVs & Trailers". There are 3-Tunnels along US-6, however, shaped like the attached picture with height dimensions as follows:
Feature Intersected: US 6 TUNNEL NO 1
Highway: US-6
Mile Post: 270.37
Direction: S/W
Min. Clearance: 12 ft 4 in (148 inches)
Max. Clearance: 13 ft 6 in (162 inches)

Feature Intersected: US 6 TUNNEL NO 2
Highway: US-6
Mile Post: 265.13
Direction: S/W
Min. Clearance: 12 ft 8 in (152 inches)
Max. Clearance: 13 ft 6 in (162 inches)

Feature Intersected: US 6 TUNNEL NO. 3
Highway: US-6
Mile Post: 264.76
Direction: S/W
Min. Clearance: 13 ft 0 in (156 inches)
Max. Clearance: 13 ft 6 in (162 inches)
I measure out at a height of 12' 10". Just looking for some assurance from others who have already driven this route that these MIN tunnel dimensions are far enough off the right side of the road to not be a concern when driving the tunnels. I presume there is enough lane width to not have to really hug the centerline when in the tunnels. Thanks in advance for your replies.
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We're planning to spend a few days visiting family in Golden, CO late August this year, and I'm interested in staying in Golden Gate Canyon State Park while there. Looking at the SP website, they recommend taking US-6 west out or Golden, connecting with CO-119 to get to the SP. According to the website, this is the "Best route for RVs & Trailers". There are 3-Tunnels along US-6, however, shaped like the attached picture with height dimensions as follows:
Feature Intersected: US 6 TUNNEL NO 1
Highway: US-6
Mile Post: 270.37
Direction: S/W
Min. Clearance: 12 ft 4 in (148 inches)
Max. Clearance: 13 ft 6 in (162 inches)

Feature Intersected: US 6 TUNNEL NO 2
Highway: US-6
Mile Post: 265.13
Direction: S/W
Min. Clearance: 12 ft 8 in (152 inches)
Max. Clearance: 13 ft 6 in (162 inches)

Feature Intersected: US 6 TUNNEL NO. 3
Highway: US-6
Mile Post: 264.76
Direction: S/W
Min. Clearance: 13 ft 0 in (156 inches)
Max. Clearance: 13 ft 6 in (162 inches)
I measure out at a height of 12' 10". Just looking for some assurance from others who have already driven this route that these MIN tunnel dimensions are far enough off the right side of the road to not be a concern when driving the tunnels. I presume there is enough lane width to not have to really hug the centerline when in the tunnels. Thanks in advance for your replies.
In my hundreds of trips out on RT 6 it is always Beautiful - and I have never seen a height issue - There is a Rock Quarry near the end with Dump Trucks and Tractor Trailers and the Casino Buses are always running.

We drive our 13' Travel Supreme through every time we go out to Colorado - You will not have an Issue.

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Just what I needed to hear. Thanks.
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minimum height is at the edge of the tunnel arches
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Just what I needed to hear. Thanks.
See if you can stay in Golden Clear Creek before you head out - neat little CG in Golden allowing a great spot to rest up - hard to get in but neat little park.

You will love the drive.

Where to next?

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See if you can stay in Golden Clear Creek before you head out - neat little CG in Golden allowing a great spot to rest up - hard to get in but neat little park.

You will love the drive.

Where to next?

Love Colorado,

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I'm trying to get a reservation there but have to wait till 6 mo. prior to try. From there we head to Durango, then Mesa Verde before heading to SLC to visit friends.
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minimum height is at the edge of the tunnel arches
Right, just wasn't sure how close to the right lane edge line the lower measurements were.
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Busskipper - Sorry, I got CG's confused. Our intent is to score a reservation at Clear Creek, but they only take reservations 60 days in advance. So, I'm going to try to make the reservation at the SP as a backup in case Clear Creek doesn't work out. We'll see how things go.
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Busskipper - Sorry, I got CG's confused. Our intent is to score a reservation at Clear Creek, but they only take reservations 60 days in advance. So, I'm going to try to make the reservation at the SP as a backup in case Clear Creek doesn't work out. We'll see how things go.
Either will work - of all the Parks we have ever Visited - Golden Clear Creek is my all time favorite - BUT - I have 4 Granddaughters just miles away. It is located in a Great Spot, and I love the area.

Will you be heading to Buena Vista via RT 91 or will you go to Glenwood Springs and south on RT 133 Both Beautiful just so Different.

This is going to be a Great trip, just hope you have a Lot of Time - so much to see and Do ........................ we spent almost 60 days in and around the Collegiate Peaks last year - have been often and still have only seen a small fraction. Add to that the San Juan's you will be in Heaven.

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Will you be heading to Buena Vista via RT 91 or will you go to Glenwood Springs and south on RT 133 Both Beautiful just so Different.
Right now, assuming Golden Gate SP, RVTW has me routed out I-70W to CO-9 South to connect with US-285 in Fairplay, then on down to US-160 West in Del Norte, and then on to Durango. What do you think?

From there , as I said, on to SLC, and then to Lake Tahoe to be the support team for my son who is doing the Tahoe 200. That's going to be interesting!
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Right now, assuming Golden Gate SP, RVTW has me routed out I-70W to CO-9 South to connect with US-285 in Fairplay, then on down to US-160 West in Del Norte, and then on to Durango. What do you think?
Put Leadville, CO in as a waypoint - then you should end up on RT 91 off I-70 to Leadville turning into RT 24 through to Buena Vista - I'd look at Monarch Pass RT 50 to Montrose then RT 550 to Ridgway - Taking Lizard Head Pass (RT 62 to RT145) as the route to Cortez an Mesa Verde - Put's you into more of the Beautiful Mountains that we have enjoyed in Colorado.

I'd set some time aside for Buena Vista - Black Canyon of the Gunnison - Ouray and the San Juan's/Million Dollar Highway - Lizard Head and Rico - so much to see. And Never Enough TIME.

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Hope this is some help, I love this Drive!
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So much to see. And Never Enough TIME.
So true! Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm going to see what I can include. We're going to be a little time pressed, as we have only 6 days between the time we arrive at Mesa Verde and the day we have to arrive at Lake Tahoe. Tahoe was a late add. But this is not the last time we're going to venture West. I keep all good suggestions for later use. Thanks again.
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So true! Thanks for all the suggestions. I'm going to see what I can include. We're going to be a little time pressed, as we have only 6 days between the time we arrive at Mesa Verde and the day we have to arrive at Lake Tahoe. Tahoe was a late add. But this is not the last time we're going to venture West. I keep all good suggestions for later use. Thanks again.
Hope the Smiles are worth the Miles - you are doing a big Zig and Zag before Tahoe

RMNP and Steam Boat would put you up north in Colorado RT 40 through Dino to Park City and SLC might give you more smiles and a lot less miles - Just a thought from a Guy who has Done longer crazy drives - just took me a while to slow down and Smell the Roses. Giving you Grand Lake - Stagecoach SP - Steamboat Lake SP and Yampa River State Park - then Dino NM Before SLC - All options are great just thinking about less Windshield and More just sheer Beauty.

Just a thought, especially if time is Limited,

That's a real run - Glad my son doesn't hear about it - Post pictures when you can.

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I'd look at Monarch Pass RT 50 to Montrose then RT 550 to Ridgway - Taking Lizard Head Pass (RT 62 to RT145) as the route to Cortez an Mesa Verde - Put's you into more of the Beautiful Mountains that we have enjoyed in Colorado. Hope this is some help, I love this Drive!
You might check on construction on Hwy 50. Supposedly construction is starting in February 2021 for two years on widening the roadway through Little Blue Creek Canyon, which is sorely needed. There are some tight, narrow curves there and I almost got sideswiped by a semi last year. It's located between Gunnison and Montrose just west of the Blue Mesa Reservoir. I don't know if they have started but you might check as the road will be shut down for hours at a time while they blast and clear. It's supposed to be open on the weekends and some during the days.
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