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Old 10-08-2018, 08:48 AM
Status: "Adios to dummyland" (set 18 hours ago)
 
Location: Land of the Caddo and Tonkawa
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If you want the safest route it'll be I-35 to Wichita, KS, then I-135 to Salina, and I-70 from Salina into Denver. It's longer, but it's Interstate the entire way.
I-35/I-70
That's my vote too. All interstate, with the safeguards of such.

The drive from Salina to Denver is very long and dull, so stay awake!
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Old 10-08-2018, 08:05 PM
 
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Thanks everyone! I have a lot to work with here. Thanks to everyone who has offered advice. I appreciate it.
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Old 10-08-2018, 09:02 PM
 
Location: The 719
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Dallas to Amarillo up 87 to Lamar Colorado, continue north on 287 to Kit Carson, on to Limon at I70, to Denver.
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Old 10-09-2018, 06:19 AM
 
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Thanks! So many different routes! Haha! I appreciate your response.
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Old 10-14-2018, 05:57 PM
 
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Are there any issues in Texas? I read that snow in TX would be a nightmare, because they're not often prepared. Because I have kids with me, I am trying to be as prepared as possible.

How well do you cope with boredom? The stretch of U.S. 287 between Dallas and Amarillo is quite boring.
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Old 10-15-2018, 06:39 AM
 
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How well do you cope with boredom? The stretch of U.S. 287 between Dallas and Amarillo is quite boring.
Only if you don't know what to look for. Abandoned buildings, hunting raptors, wildlife, landscapes that tell stories of recent and ancient past, etc. - there's usually a lot to see, actually.
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Old 10-15-2018, 07:34 AM
 
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Only if you don't know what to look for. Abandoned buildings, hunting raptors, wildlife, landscapes that tell stories of recent and ancient past, etc. - there's usually a lot to see, actually.
And there's keeping your eyes on the road, too.
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Old 10-15-2018, 08:42 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Your next-best choice is probably Amarillo->Dalhart->Raton->Denver via US-287, US-87, and I-25. Shorter, but there's a bit of two-lane road driving and driving through isolated parts of Northwest Texas and Northeastern New Mexico.
287/87/I-25
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I take 287-87-25 whenever I go to visit family in northern Texas, and usually every year around Christmas. I have never had any weather related issues at all. That route gets enough traffic that those roads will get attention first if it does snow/ice.
I always took the 287-87-25 route as well between Texas and Denver, as did family when they would visit us in Denver. I never had any weather issues, but my Dad and his companion drove up one year in April, and got off the road when snow started to fall and checked into a hotel near Raton to be on the safe side. When they came down for breakfast the next morning, the lobby was packed with people who had been there all night during the storm. The roads were closed overnight and all the hotels were sold out. They were glad they stopped early.

As far as the drive itself, I always enjoyed 87 and going through Amarillo and the Panhandle. You go through several small towns, and then some wide open, empty space with nice rock formations. I found it beautiful in an isolated sort of way.

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Old 10-16-2018, 07:33 AM
 
Location: Washington Park, Denver
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That's my vote too. All interstate, with the safeguards of such.

The drive from Salina to Denver is very long and dull, so stay awake!
I have been caught in blizzards on that route and they are complete whiteouts with nothing to block the blowing snow. I would think staying south longer would be better, but have never driven that route all the way to Texas.
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Old 10-16-2018, 05:15 PM
 
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Only if you don't know what to look for. Abandoned buildings, hunting raptors, wildlife, landscapes that tell stories of recent and ancient past, etc. - there's usually a lot to see, actually.
And you can find out about those stories by talking to the locals. I made that trip to Dallas in the 1980's and 1990's several times when I lived in the Denver area and on a couple occasions spent the night in a couple of the small towns--Clarendon and Childress. Ran into some friendly folks at the local restaurants. One time I spent the night in Dumas. The Hastings CD/Video store set up a retail store in Dumas and I jumped on a bunch of cd's that were, umm, priced real cheap in their "sale" bin. It was all Columbia re-issue jazz from the 50's-60's which included Miles Davis, Thelonius Monk, Billie Holiday, Herbie Hancock and much more.

I can understand the comment of "remote" on hwy. 85 but only as you get past Clayton, N.M. and head toward Raton. Eighty miles of wide open spaces. One of the more interesting national monuments is right off the highway-Capulin National Monument, which you can drive to the top of Capulin Mountain.

Regarding the OP's question of road conditions--IIRC New Mexico has highway department workyards in both Raton and Clayton. And I've been through there in the winter, the snow can stack up there, trust me. Clayton is a tad smallish regarding motels but Raton has lots of them. And several restaurants if you choose to spend a night on the road because of storms.

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