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Old 11-27-2021, 12:42 PM   #1
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US 50 west bound to Gunnison

Flat lander here going from Central Texas to Ouray Co in August 2022. 2000 Tiffin Allegro Bus 300 Cat Pulling a 10,000lb 24' Trailer looking at US 50 not so sure of Million Dollar Hwy from Durango. Bus is in great shape 114K miles Looking for comments.
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Hwy 50 is very doable. It does have some grades and climbs but overall is a good road. Be aware there is major construction around Blue Mesa Reservoir that will probably extend into next year. The highway will be closed during the week except for short open periods. It will be totally open on the weekends. We just came from Ouray this past summer and 50 was in good shape except the construction area. You can take US 160 to Monte Vista, then US 385 North to Hwy 114 out of Sauguache toward Gunnison to avoid Monarch Pass if you want. Monarch is a 7% grade for about seven miles up and seven down. Hwy 114 has some winding road for about 12 miles before it gets back to Hwy 50 but overall is a good route.

Hwy 550 (AKA Million Dollar Highway) is not for drivers with no mountain driving experience. It's very narrow in places, tight corners and much of it has no shoulders with hundreds of feet drop offs. It's the most beautiful drive in Colorado but would be a white knuckle drive in a motor home if you don't have a lot of experience with mountain driving.
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Hey neighbor, what is your route from Bastrop up to Colorado?
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Thanks Lt. Dan
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I have a lot of experience along this route. I come from the east coast on I-20 or I-40. From Bastrop, I'd go to Amarillo, Dalhart, Raton, Walsenberg, 169 to Highway 50, west to Montrose, south to Ouray. I like to stop in Capulin, NM for a day or 2 to adjust to the altitude. You will have to climb 2 significant grades on the way. I-25 just north of Raton, NM, is a good climb. The downhill isn't bad. Highway 50 between Salida and Gunnison goes over Monarch Pass. It's 10 miles up and 10 miles down, but the road is very good. US 550 from Montrose to Ouray is flat. The hilly/twisty part of US 550 is between Ouray and Durango. I would avoid the southern section of US 500 with your trailer.
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Thanks Andy Just about what I was working on I have knowledge of short routes around Lubbock and Amarillo.
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Here are some photos from our trip in 2020. It is almost all Jeep stuff.

https://advrider.com/f/threads/colorado-2020.1468019/

We drove from South Carolina to Memphis, TN, then to Texarkana, TX, then Hwy 82 to Wichata Falls, then 287 north to Old Town Cotton Gin RV Park north of Quanah, TX. We have overnighted at this RV park 3 times and found it to be a good stop. Be advised, there is near nothing if you want to eat out here. The next day we drove 287 to I-40, then through Amarillo on I-40 to Exit 57, Bushland, TX, north to 87, and then northwest to Capulin RV Park. We have stayed at Capulin several times and enjoy visiting the Volcano Park and driving nearby Johnson's Mesa Rd. From Capulin we go into Raton, NM, north on I-25 to Colorado Exit 52, Walsenburg, CO. There is a truckstop and restaurant at this exit. From there we take 69 through the country to US 50. It is a beautiful drive, and we have seen Deer, Elk, and Buffalo along this stretch of road. Then we go west on 50 and normally stay at Buckhorn RV Park in Coaldale or Four Seasons RV park just before Salida, CO. From there we continue west on 50, over Monarch Pass, and into Motrose where we turn south on US 550. It is a short and easy drive from Montrose to Ouray. There is a good grocery store in Ridgeway, CO, ~ 10 miles before Ouray. We buy our food supplies there.
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Rkesselus, you will enjoy a good trip. We went from Nacogdoches to CO in 2020, but first went to Angel Fire, NM then up to Pagosa Springs, over to southwest CO to Dolores, then to Ridgway, Gunnison and Buena Vista, then back home.
I personally will not drive the MH on the $$$ Hwy 550 from Durango to Ouray, but love driving it in a car.
Hwy 550 was not any problem for us at all, and we enjoyed Gunnison, staying at the KOA there. Ridgway State Park was really good also.
All the other responses above offer good info and advice.
Hope you have a good trip,
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Flat lander here going from Central Texas to Ouray Co in August 2022. 2000 Tiffin Allegro Bus 300 Cat Pulling a 10,000lb 24' Trailer looking at US 50 not so sure of Million Dollar Hwy from Durango. Bus is in great shape 114K miles Looking for comments.
Not to fight with the Crowd but I'd Lppk at putting Rido, Co and Ridgway, Co into you mapping program to see if that might work.

Gives you a chance to see a lot of Great Native American stops along the way. We love Canyon de Chelly as it never gets old. Add to that the fact that RT 145 is just easy - Monarch Pass is the Real Deal, and 145 is just pleasant, not to mention Beautiful.

Just one more option to consider. having done both multiple time Rt 145 would be my preference, unless I needed to be in Salida or Buena Vista.

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