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 2/29/2012 7:21 PM
 

This year for our annual excursion we are planning on going to the inside states out west. In Colorado, I am planning on taking route 50 from Canon City to Montrose, then route 550 from Montrose to Durango. I have a 35 ft Adventurer with toad. Am I going to have a problem with this route? When would be the earliest to take this route with no snow on the road? Crossed the Sierra Nevadas last year with 6-8 feet of snow on the sides, just don't want to drive in it. If this is not a feasible route, please suggest any others to get between the two points. Thanks to all.


Randy and Evelyn. 2002 Adventurer 35U,Triton V10. 2009 Saturn Vue. Plus Buddy the superdog.
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 3/1/2012 1:07 PM
 

I have driven that road a lot over the years. We lived in Grand Junction for ten years back in the 70s and have visited family there often after we moved east.

The road between Ouray and Silverton is beautiful but not one I would want to drive in my motor home.

There are 5 mph switchbacks and it is very curvy with no guard rails and 500 foot drop-offs.

Could I drive it in my motor home? Yes but I wouldn't enjoy it.

People do it in motor homes pulling toads though so maybe it doesn't bother everyone as much as it does me.

You should be able to miss the snow after the end of May. You could still see light snow but it shouldn't last long.

From Grand Junction we go down through Moab then Cortez to Durango.

The Mesa Verde cliff dwellings on the road between Cortez and Durango are worth seeing and the narrow gauge train ride from Durango to Silverton is also worth taking.


Clay(WA5NMR), Lee(Wife), Katie & Kelli (cats) Now snowbirds after 11 years of full timing. 2004 Winnebago Sightseer 35N.
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 4/26/2012 10:12 PM
 

I just completed the run from Canon City to Montrose on 50, and the run from Montrose to Mesa Verde, Colorado on 550 and 160. Wow! What a rush. I am proud to say that in two days I traversed 4 mountain passes over 10k feet, including Monarch Pass over ther continental divide at 11,312 feet. While we throughly enjoyed the journey, I would not recommend it as your first mountain experience. If, however, you have a few mountain runs under your belt, this should be one of your must do routes.


Randy and Evelyn. 2002 Adventurer 35U,Triton V10. 2009 Saturn Vue. Plus Buddy the superdog.
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 5/3/2012 12:22 PM
 
About 10 or 11 years ago we stayed in Montrose and drove our toad to Durango. When we got back my neighbor in the campground who had an identical rig to my 38 foot pusher, asked if I would drive the RV over that highway. My reply was if I needed to go that way I would and the trip would be ok. However, since the navigator would be hanging out over air on many of those outside curves, I warned him that he might be in bodily danger from putting his spouse in that position!


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 5/23/2012 12:33 AM
 

I've done that route a couple of times and it IS a real scenic trip. But the best was taking the toad over Ophir Pass towards the town of Ophir-a real jeep trail with no place to allow oncoming cars to pass you. Not sure WHAT I'd do if I'd encountered one!


Bob J. from TX 2014 Newmar Essex 4544 2007 Lexus LX 470 Toad
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