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Mr Steve

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Posted: 05/15/19 09:41pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wondering what type road will I experiance on route 160 in Colorado from Durango to the interstate 25? Wondering if it presents any RV driving issues.

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Wolf Creek Pass is a long down hill run going east or west.
Don't know if you are used to mtn driving.
I put my pickup in second gear and it controlled my speed without using the brakes (maybe very very slight braking).
That's the only part I can help with.
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Mr Steve wrote:

Wondering what type road will I experience on route 160 in Colorado from Durango to the interstate 25? Wondering if it presents any RV driving issues.


This youtube video might help.

Wiki might say it well.

For me - Just another Beautiful drive in Colorado - First time I drove it a Golden Eagle flew down the road - Right over the Coach - it was amazingly Beautiful and Big - so much so it was all I remembered for years. Later we've done the Pass a few times with no problem.

Between RT 160 and RT 50 we have enjoyed both but tend to do 50 more often, as it has so many of our favorite drives along the way.

Back to the Question - Usually if you have gotten to Durango you have "Some Mountain Driving Skills" so it is really not too Bad. Just stay in your comfort zone and enjoy Colorado. [emoticon]

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Posted: 05/16/19 06:39am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

You should watch this or listen to the song while going down, I do.


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This time of year it'll be fine. No guardrail though!

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Colorado is tall and steep. It has some of the toughest roads in the Lower 48. Get ready.

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Thank you all for the excellent info including video and music! I will be taking 160 for sure. The help is really appreciated, thanks!

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I drive 160 either east or west bound at least 30 times year, from Del Norte to Mancos west bound and Mancos to I25 east bound due to some property we own down there. While I understand I am jaded at this point Wolf Creek is a yawner for me any more. There is nothing significant on Wolf Creek Pass that an exhaust brake, proper service brake use or proper gear selection wont take care of with no problem. I can say if you are driving early morning or at dusk between Pagosa Springs and Durango you better keep your eyes open for deer and elk. The elk will be migrating upwards and soon wont be an issue until fall but deer are always a problem. There are times when I will see 8-10 hits in a single run. In fact just two weeks ago I had to do a panic brake not far west of Pagosa Springs for a bear who popped up on the road (a first for me) fortunately he was running full speed otherwise I would have taken out my first bear (apparently his mother did not teach him to look both ways before crossing the street or not to run out in front of cars). A couple years ago one rainy night between the base of Wolf Creek and Pagosa there was a freaking black cow standing in the middle of my lane. Had it not been for an oncoming vehicle I may not have noticed in time- a black cow, on a black road, in the dark, in the rain could have really ruined my night. In any case through that stretch watch for animals.


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160 is an RV pipeline across southern Colorado. Wolf Creek Pass is long an fairly steep, especially eastbound. But two lanes going up so you can stay right, go your comfort speed, and not worry about holding up traffic. And there are guardrails all the way. Going down watch your speed, especially approaching the snow slide shed with a curve inside. Mind the posted speed limit for it.

Then a long flat run across the San Luis Valley before you head toward North La Veta Pass. You might take s side trip to the sand dunes as you pass by them in the valley. North La Veta Pass is steeper going down than up when traveling eastbound. Again, watch your speed as that is again a long grade and easy for your speed to creep up. But very good highway. And there are guardrails.

* This post was edited 05/16/19 11:58am by BB_TX *

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Heh don't take that song too literally. There are suspicions that the songwriter never went down that road.

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