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Old 12-05-2011, 06:39 AM
 
Location: Weston Florida
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hey guys.... Heading to WC on Friday.... Flight lands at 10:30am...

Not sure if we will stay in South Fork or Pagosa ...

What would be the fastest/best route to arrive alive

Thanks in advance

NNN
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Old 12-05-2011, 07:32 AM
 
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Can you fly in to Albuquerque? Probably closer, and I think you can avoid all mountain passes by driving Albuquerque > Santa Fe > Alamosa > South Fork > WC.

From Denver, maybe south to Walsenburg on I25, then west to Alamosa. However you would have to cross La Veta pass which is over 9000 ft. Unless there is more snow forecast, I wouldn't think this should be a problem.

Hopefully someone more "qualified" will respond.

Also if you stay in Pagosa Springs, you're drive could be a lot more treacherous (because you'll have to cross WC pass each day) than if you stay in South Fork.
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Old 12-05-2011, 07:53 AM
 
Location: Weston Florida
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Can you fly in to Albuquerque? Probably closer, and I think you can avoid all mountain passes by driving Albuquerque > Santa Fe > Alamosa > South Fork > WC.

From Denver, maybe south to Walsenburg on I25, then west to Alamosa. However you would have to cross La Veta pass which is over 9000 ft. Unless there is more snow forecast, I wouldn't think this should be a problem.

Hopefully someone more "qualified" will respond.

Also if you stay in Pagosa Springs, you're drive could be a lot more treacherous (because you'll have to cross WC pass each day) than if you stay in South Fork.
Unfortunately flights were booked a while back - was hoping for more snow along I-70 but it looks thin... So we are going to do Wolf for 2 days (sat/Sun) then head up to vail/beav for a few laps on the way back to DEN (monday/Tue)...

We may stay in South fork.. Just figured more forum people would know Pagosa and chime in....

Weather looks clear for next 7 days so not too concerned about driving across the pass....

But I cant tell from mapquest which way is fastest from airport... I-25 to 160 or thru the mountains ....

Thanks

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Old 12-05-2011, 08:46 AM
 
Location: OKLAHOMA
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Have you driven it before? It can be scary. I would think you would stay in Pagosa.
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Old 12-05-2011, 08:50 AM
 
Location: OKLAHOMA
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is there anything available at the ski lodge? I would stay there if I had a chance so I would have to drive the 160 from wolf to Pagosa everyday.
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Old 12-05-2011, 08:56 AM
 
Location: Weston Florida
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Have you driven it before? It can be scary. I would think you would stay in Pagosa.
I have not - but have driven 550 around to telluride - if its like that I think we will bring some extra underwear

We are only there to ski - so apres isnt important - may just stay South Fork to avoid that run...

We can apres in Vail our last 2 days
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Old 12-05-2011, 09:19 AM
 
Location: Colorado
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Hurry up and book your hotel room if you are staying in South Fork. There is only really one hotel (Allington Inn http://www.allingtoninn.com/southfork/). Lots of cabins but the affordable ones are usually all rented far in advance.

If the weather is good, your scenic route from DIA would be to take 285 south all the way to Center (past Saguache) and turn west onto hwy 160 to Del Norte and then on to South Fork.

Taking I-25 is not really quicker. We haved timed it both ways and it is about the same.

Have fun!
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Old 12-05-2011, 10:08 AM
 
Location: Bend, OR
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Hurry up and book your hotel room if you are staying in South Fork. There is only really one hotel (Allington Inn South Fork Colorado Hotel Lodging - Allington Inn and Suites - South Fork Co Hotels). Lots of cabins but the affordable ones are usually all rented far in advance.

If the weather is good, your scenic route from DIA would be to take 285 south all the way to Center (past Saguache) and turn west onto hwy 160 to Del Norte and then on to South Fork.

Taking I-25 is not really quicker. We haved timed it both ways and it is about the same.

Have fun!
I agree, 285 would be the most scenic route and it's about the same time wise. Plus, it will allow to see a part of Colorado that most people don't see. You might also want to stop at some of the many hot springs along the way.
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Old 12-05-2011, 12:27 PM
 
Location: Pagosa Springs CO
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I would go 285, we have done that drive a lot and unless it's real windy it will be fine, if the wind is blowing the area around fairplay and south park can be tough. if the roads are dry you will be in Pagosa 5 hours or less after getting on 285 from 470.
DO NOT Speed between Johnson Village and Poncha Springs, even on to Center where you turn West at the blinking light you want to be very carefull about not getting a ticket.
Great timing for the trip, we got a ton of snow.
I'm partal to Pagosa but then again I live here. We have the hot Springs and more things to do. Call the Sky View Hotel, very cheap, new owners and manager 970-264-5803 older rooms but close in and cheap.
Have fun!!
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Old 12-05-2011, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Weston Florida
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Thanks everyone...

Mike...... What would be the "nicest" hotel in Pagosa ? The Springs ?

South Fork while closer - looks a bit on the boring side - I need some apres :-)
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