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Fizzixman

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New to RVing.

Making the trip from So CA to SW Colorado in the Spring.
Several routes have been suggested but I'm not sure which is best.

Also Wed like to camp several times along the way. We belong to Thousand Trails but are fine with other RV campus. Do not want to try boondoggle just yet.

I'm mostly concerned with overly step highways and difficult roads.

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Good info to add would be what type and size RV you will be traveling in. And if you have any problem driving on mountain roads and associated heights and altitudes.

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BB_TX wrote:

Good info to add would be what type and size RV you will be traveling in. And if you have any problem driving on mountain roads and associated heights and altitudes.


Also important...when in the Spring? That part of Colorado was having huge snows around Memorial Day 2019.


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What criteria do you use for a best route?


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“Best” is hard for me to define. Beauty, fast trip, interesting, Interstate, cooler etc.?


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I assume you would take the google route 15/40/89/160/149
I would probably do this 900 miles in two days with a stop in Williams Grand Canyon RV park.


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Fizzixman wrote:

New to RVing.

Making the trip from So CA to SW Colorado in the Spring.

Several routes have been suggested but I'm not sure which is best.

Also We'd like to camp several times along the way. We belong to Thousand Trails but are fine with other RV campus. Do not want to try boondoggle just yet.

I'm mostly concerned with overly steep highways and difficult roads.

Thanks.m


Think you can tell that a lot more info is needed to give REAL HELP.

If you could fill out the Info so we know what you are IN that would help.

As this is your first Post it is likely that this is also your first Trip?.

My Best would not Be YOUR Best - for sure - as I love the Mountains and Will go Out of My way to get to that Next Pass. [emoticon]

In the Colorado Mountains Spring is usually Late (after Memorial Day) and Fall is Usually Early (Right after Labor Day) so your trip needs to keep that in mind. A Date would Help.

As for a route I'll post a Map with MANY Options along the way to and from - so YOU will need to pick from the list not try to do the list on the first Trip!

MAP

I've included many options and most are in areas free from SNOW in the spring, BUT as you gain elevation things will change, so keep that in Mind.

Three places I'd try to see would be Canyon de Chelly - Monument Valley - Mesa Verde - of course the Grand Canyon if you have never been.

Hope this is of SOME Help.

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Thank you for your time and great info.

Leaving May 1 and plan to be there thru September 15, working at an RV resort.
We haul a 23' Forest River travel trailer with an F150.

Not afraid of mountains, or mountain road - I presently live at 6,000 ft. Just trying to see a clear way ahead.

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Thanks for all your replies.
Your thoughts are well-noted.

By "best" I mean... since this is our first big trip (we've done some short hauls (less than 200 miles), I just don't want to wind up like Desi in the movie "The Long, Long Trailer".

I've had to back up 1,000 ft and made a U-turn in an intersection in San Diego so I'm not scared of pulling the rig. We want to see beauty and just avoid dangerous roads.

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Fizzixman wrote:

Thank you for your time and great info.

Leaving May 1 and plan to be there thru September 15, working at an RV resort.
We haul a 23' Forest River travel trailer with an F150.

Not afraid of mountains, or mountain road - I presently live at 6,000 ft. Just trying to see a clear way ahead.


This may Help

Might avoid this on the way in - Slumgullion Pass. [emoticon]

MAP - on this route going to it would allow a visit to Sedona - then Canyon de Chelly, take the guided tour - Then up RT 550 towards Durango then on towards Pagosa Springs on RT 160 going on to RT 149 to Creede.

Hope this helps - after a season there you will be Experts on SouthWestern Colorado - Lake City and the Alpine Loop will hopefully Be on your day Trips.

Best of Luck,

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