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summergames84

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Posted: 05/17/21 08:08am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We are currently in Durango and next stop is Red River, NM. Google maps route goes through Pagosa Springs, and then south on US 84 to US 64. On the map, it appears that there are some tight turns and grades. We are in a 38 ft motor home, towing. Any personal experience with this route, or any easier alternative routes appreciated!


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Posted: 05/17/21 08:24am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I've been through there a couple of times in recent years, although with a small rig. Pretty smooth sailing from Durango to Pagosa and from Pagosa to Tierra Amarilla. East of the latter town you'll come to a steady climb, no overly tight curves, to a summit and steady descent to Tres Piedras. Not sure of the actual grade percent but I don't think you'd have a problem. Nothing stands out in my memory about the highway to Questa and then east to Red River; I've only traversed it once but I think it's pretty easy.


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Posted: 05/17/21 08:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

On 64 between Tres Piedra and Tierra Amarilla east-bound there is a descent of 5-6% for about 6 miles. It's all two lane with some 30 MPH curves.

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Posted: 05/17/21 10:00am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

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Pretty smooth sailing from Durango to Pagosa


Of course Wolf Creek Pass, 10800 ft, is in between. Not difficult but some 7% grades on the west side. We just went thru there but continued on all the way on Hwy 160 to I-25 yesterday.

Just to get you in the right mood.


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Posted: 05/17/21 11:32am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Wolf Creek Pass is east of Pagosa Springs. They will be heading south.

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Posted: 05/17/21 01:58pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for the information!

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IDman wrote:

Wolf Creek Pass is east of Pagosa Springs. They will be heading south.

But they could head on over to Alamosa or Ft. Garland and then head south to Red River. And they did ask about alternate routes. I haven’t driven to Red River by either of those so can’t comment on them.

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However you end up going do not miss a visit to Shotgun Willy's in Red River {west side of town just north of the ski lift} for their infamous smoked brisket breakfast burrito, smothered in Hatch green chile sauce. .. it is to die for! The red River brewery, just up the street a couple of blocks is rated as the best in New Mexico and I have found no issue with that rating.

While you are in the area the Viet Nam Memorial in Angel Fire is a must see. The ski lifts in Red River and Angel Fire make for a spectacular summer adventure as well. Red River and Angel Fire are two of the most beautiful little towns found in the southern Rockies and well worth exploring. Enjoy!

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In Red River go to Sundance restaurant and do the honey chilpolte pork tinder loin, with a frozen margarita. It will make you want to jump back and slap yourself. Also, agree about Shot Gun Willie's. He has a great breakfast.

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Posted: 05/18/21 12:55pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I'm thinking that Wolf Creek Pass might be steeper and higher than the climb/descent east of Tierra Amarilla. I could be wrong, but that's my impression.

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