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Old 01-19-2022, 07:25 AM   #1
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Wyoming or Colorado ?

From Nebraska to salt lake take 80 or 70? To me it sounds like a choice between windy but less miles(80) or mountain passes but less wind (70).

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Trip will be on May 6th.
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Old 01-19-2022, 07:48 AM   #2
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You would be better off taking I-80 in early May due to snow still possible at that time especially in higher elevation. No comparison on the grades. I-80 does not have any to mention but a long climb over I-70. I live in Colorado. I have traveled I-80 in May and wind is no where like I just experienced in Late December and early Jan. Best thing to do is check weather before you go and adjust accordingly. Good luck, Travato John
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Old 01-20-2022, 07:34 AM   #3
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I grew up in Wyoming and now live in Colorado. I've driven both highways many times. I live in Colorado Spring and I have kids living in Carbondale near Glenwood springs. The most direct route for me to go to Carbondale is to go north to Denver on I25 then west to Glenwood Springs on I70.

I drive out of my wat to avoid I70 between Denver and Vail. That section of I70 has very heavy traffic that often travels well above the speed limit. This creates a dynamic that is not good. Cars are going 80 MPH on the same highway that trucks and RVs are going 40 MPH. The traffic volume is often right at the capacity of the highway and ANY small interruption like a stalled vehicle or minor accident can bring the whole thing to a stop! It can be like driving big city rush hour traffic on steep grades with curves. Portions of the road are in poor condition.

I will take the winds on I80 any day. The biggest issue on I80 is the extremely heavy truck traffic. There will be 4 or 5 commercial trucks for every private vehicle on the road.

If I were in Nebraska and headed to Salt Lake City I would not even consider I70. If you want to see Colorado mountains there are much prettier drives through Colorado than the views from I70 but that is another story.
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The winds are not that bad the vast majority of the time. Just take 80 and if you feel the need to pull off, pull off.
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