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Old 12-29-2013, 07:49 PM
 
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I've looked up directions and according to Google maps, taking 24 to 285 to 50 is 136 miles, 2 hours 37 minutes.

Taking 115 to 50 is 134 miles, 2 hours and 37 minutes. LOL

Which way would you go? I've been on both roads (24 more recently) and from what I remember, 24/285 is faster than 115.
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Old 12-29-2013, 08:16 PM
 
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We have driven both ways, and it is a toss up. Construction, or weather usually determines which way we go.
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Old 12-29-2013, 09:16 PM
 
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Thanks!
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Old 12-30-2013, 09:36 PM
 
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For anyone else considering this, I would suggest taking 24 instead of 115 to 50. Though driving through the canyon of 50 from Monarch to Canon City is pretty, it is windy and there were several icy spots.
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Old 12-31-2013, 09:47 PM
 
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I think the last time I went was via 24 - that seems to be the preferred route for some reason.
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Old 01-03-2014, 10:07 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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I agree with Captain, above. While 50 is pretty it can be annoying and/or slick. I like to avoid it.
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Old 01-03-2014, 06:33 PM
 
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I have 6-8 friends in COS with Monarch season passes. Half will only drive Highway 24 and the other half will only drive Highway 50. Each contingent says they other route is "too dangerous." I'm in the 115 to 50 contingent. The canyon can be icy in patches, but I'll take that over the two-way traffic on 24 with people passing other people already going 75 mph. Crazy, crazy, crazy.

Just go whichever way feels best to you, and don't pass like a crazy person and you should be good.
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Old 01-04-2014, 01:59 PM
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Location: Colorado Springs, CO
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I will drive both for a change of scenery, but I think the Hwy 24 route is safer, especially in the winter. Both are two lane highways, but 24 is open, so you can see well ahead of time if someone is driving erratically or executing a boneheaded passing maneuver. Relatedly, if you get stuck behind a slowpoke on 24, you can pass them. You can be stuck behind someone on 50 for a long time. Hwy 50 through the Arkansas River canyon is very curvy, and I've come around quite a few curves to find someone driving right in the middle of the road. Nowhere to go, then. And ice is a factor as well.

Also, though google maps may list the drive times as identical, in my experience/driving habits, the 24 route is 15-20 minutes faster.
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Old 11-26-2014, 11:10 AM
 
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Default Best route to Monarch?

Through Woodland Park (24-285-50) or through Canon City (115-50)? Which roads are better?
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Old 11-26-2014, 11:18 AM
 
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Depends on if there are any weather systems in either area. I would take 115-50 personally.
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