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mikefos

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Posted: 07/08/20 05:42pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Howdy,
How is Hiighway 24 from Leadville, CO to I70? We are thinking of going to Glenwood Springs, CO, the first half of Aug. instead of our planned New Mexico stays due to the NM quarantine business for out of state travelers now in effect. Towing a long TT. RV park suggestions taken too, looking for some good fishing.
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This road is a typical mountain hiway with grades and some hairpin curves. Nothing bad, just typical.

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I have found US24 between Leadville and I70, while a very nice drive, to be slow going in the motorhome. There isn't many (or any?) passing lanes and we did pull over a few times to let cars and motorcycles pass. CO91 to I70 is much easier and probably faster.

We have stayed at the Glenwood Canyon Resort. It was fine, but it was a while ago and I don't remember much specifics.

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dsteinman wrote:

I have found US24 between Leadville and I70, while a very nice drive, to be slow going in the motorhome. There isn't many (or any?) passing lanes and we did pull over a few times to let cars and motorcycles pass. CO91 to I70 is much easier and probably faster.

We have stayed at the Glenwood Canyon Resort. It was fine, but it was a while ago and I don't remember much specifics.

David


Thanks, David. CO 91 goes the opposite direction from Glenwood Springs so don't know how it could be quicker.

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mikefos wrote:

dsteinman wrote:

I have found US24 between Leadville and I70, while a very nice drive, to be slow going in the motorhome. There isn't many (or any?) passing lanes and we did pull over a few times to let cars and motorcycles pass. CO91 to I70 is much easier and probably faster.

We have stayed at the Glenwood Canyon Resort. It was fine, but it was a while ago and I don't remember much specifics.

David


Thanks, David. CO 91 goes the opposite direction from Glenwood Springs so don't know how it could be quicker.


Well, I take that back. It seems only 5 mins. more to take CO 91 than HW 24 from Leadville to Glenwood Springs. At least according to mileage calculators. It is deceiving just to look at the routes. Thanks, again.
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For camping in that general area, we like Rifle Gap State Park north of Rifle. The Lakeview campground there is big rig friendly (we've stayed twice with a 38' 5th wheel toyhauler) has full hookups, sites are mostly all pull throughs, and concrete paved driveways. We like sites 12 and 14 the best, but those are usually the first to go. Majority of the sites do have a view of the water and I'm believe there is fishing. It's likely to be filled on weekends but you may have luck during the week. There are other campgrounds down on the water but I'm not sure of their size limits. I do not think those sites are full hookup, electric only (the park itself has a dump by the visitor center/ranger station).

Just keep in mind though, Colorado campgrounds/RV Parks have been VERY full this year. You may want to consider staying down in the SW portion of the state, as it is less close for the Front Range folks to get to and isn't as crowded. Lots of nice camping around Gunnison.


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Towing a medium to large trailer or a motorhome, I would opt for CO 91 from Leadville to I-70, even if I was wanting to head west on I-70. I towed my 5er from I-70 to Leadville on US24 once ... it was slow going and as noted, very few passing lanes, so be prepared to be a courteous driver and pull over for traffic.


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I'd take US 24 over Tennessee Pass down to Minturn and I-70. At Leadville, you've already gained most of the elevation to the pass. It's a long, downhill run to Minturn. A few, well marked switchbacks but nothing difficult at all. A few miles north of the pass on your right are some historical markers about Camp Hale, where the 10th Mountain Division trained in winter combat techniques.

The downside of taking CO 91 to Copper Mountain is you have to then make the climb up and the descent down Vail Pass on I-70.


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mikefos wrote:

Howdy,
How is Hiighway 24 from Leadville, CO to I70? We are thinking of going to Glenwood Springs, CO, the first half of Aug. instead of our planned New Mexico stays due to the NM quarantine business for out of state travelers now in effect. Towing a long TT. RV park suggestions taken too, looking for some good fishing.
Thanks,
Mike


IMHO it’s a Great drive - One of the more Beautiful ones in the state - we just drove it today on the way to Delta and the RT 133 drive - I-70 is under construction so timing is critical as it’s two way traffic for 10 or so miles - again to drive the opposite direction on the bottom half of the over under is IMHO Awesome!

That section of the Colorado is great, combined with the high cliffs after Camp Hale to Red Cliff which are pretty impressive too. Think the DW got tired of me saying look at those Rocks.............

Simply put you not be sorry,

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Busskipper wrote:

IMHO it’s a Great drive - One of the more Beautiful ones in the state - we just drove it today on the way to Delta and the RT 133 drive
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