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Old 04-16-2012, 04:17 PM
 
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The more direct route to I-25 and then north on it over Raton Pass will prove the most scenic; once near I-25 you'll have a good view of mountains to your left all the way into Denver.

From Pueblo, and particularly Colorado Springs, expect a fair amount of traffic on I-25, especially during commuting hours.

As Colorado passes go, Raton Pass is an easy drive. There is a decent grade on either side of the summit; enough so that less powerful vehicles will feel it, and possibly have to use a lower gear to maintain the posted speed limit. All vehicles (except with forced induction, such as a turbo) will feel the altitude, and have less power than at sea level; most of Colorado starts at 5,000 feet, and only goes up from there (aside from Raton Pass, that along I-25 is not appreciably higher than 5,000 feet), so expect your vehicle to feel somewhat more sluggish (and commensurately with better gas mileage).

If unfamiliar with mountain driving, expect to possibly be using each of the two lanes uphill on Raton Pass—to the left lane to pass large trucks and other slower moving vehicles; and back to the right to allow those possibly faster than you to pass. No different than the standard rules of civility on any interstate, but accentuated in relative vehicle speeds due the the grade. In descending, expect to use a lower gear possibly, or at minimum more use of the brakes to keep from gaining too much speed. I-25 will have no issue with this, with wide lanes and shoulders, but if and when truly venturing into the mountains expect more narrow roads, often with sharp drop-offs just beyond the edge of the pavement, with all else way down below, often with no guardrails to deter the unwary. In some places that can be daunting to some, but the secret is simply to drive sanely enough to remain on the pavement (assuming not on some Jeep path, and then that another story).

Should be a lovely drive.
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Old 04-18-2012, 10:03 AM
 
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TY2012 - I am not certain where you will be traveling once you reach the Denver area. However, for your information the Denver metro area has three toll roads. Please visit our website for more information. www.expresstoll.com. Have a safe drive. Thanks. Heidi - E-470 Public Highway Authority
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Old 05-19-2012, 04:00 PM
 
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Question Has anyone ever drove from Fort Worth Texas to Denver on I-40 W to I-25 N?

If so, are there any tolls? Any mountains? This is my first time driving and I want to be prepared.
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Old 05-19-2012, 04:09 PM
 
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If so, are there any tolls? Any mountains? This is my first time driving and I want to be prepared.
Sure, that's about 100+ miles out of your way than the way most of us go. No tolls or mountains on that route. I normally went to Wichita Falls, Amarillo, Raton NM, then north on I-25 up to Denver. That's the shorter and much prettier route, if you prefer mountain views to your west in CO as opposed to the flat plains of OK and KS.
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Old 05-19-2012, 04:36 PM
 
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Sure, that's about 100+ miles out of your way than the way most of us go. No tolls or mountains on that route. I normally went to Wichita Falls, Amarillo, Raton NM, then north on I-25 up to Denver. That's the shorter and much prettier route, if you prefer mountain views to your west in CO as opposed to the flat plains of OK and KS.
So is that us 287 way?
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Old 05-19-2012, 05:17 PM
 
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Must not drive much, huh? Yeah, US 287
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Old 05-19-2012, 09:21 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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So is that us 287 way?
The way Backintheville2 mentioned is 287 to 87 to 64 to I-25 to Denver. The way I mentioned is 287 all the way to I-70 at Limon.

Backintheville2's route might be slightly faster because there's more freeway driving (75mph).
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