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Old 02-17-2019, 08:21 PM
 
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We are planning a trip by car this summer to different locations in Colorado. We've been watching some videos on YouTube, and we're now concerned about winding mountain roads with no guard rails.

We'll be coming into Colorado from Cheyenne, Wyoming. Will we encounter these kinds of roads between Cheyenne and Grand Junction, Grand Junction and Denver, or Denver and Woodland Park?

Thanks for any information you can give. We need to mentally prepare.
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Old 02-17-2019, 11:01 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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I-25 between Cheyenne and Denver is prairie. I-25 between Denver and Colorado Springs goes up to 7,300' on Monument Hill but the grades are gentle and traffic congestion will be your biggest concern.

I-70 from Denver to Grand Junction has steep grades up to the Eisenhower Tunnel, down into Silverthorne, and over Vail Pass, and is windy through Glenwood and Debeque Canyons, but none of those sections are what I would consider treacherous.

US-24 from Colorado Springs to Woodland Park is windy with tight turns from Manitou Springs to Cascade, but it's a 4-lane divided highway through there and isn't bad.
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Old 02-18-2019, 04:16 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Most of the paved roads in Colorado are fine for a normal car with good tires.

OTOH, if you want an adventure, try this in a Jeep:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr7Nkl0pkJk
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Old 02-18-2019, 10:31 AM
 
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Most of the paved roads in Colorado are fine for a normal car with good tires.

OTOH, if you want an adventure, try this in a Jeep:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr7Nkl0pkJk
lol being a passenger on a jeep trip is The Worst! I'm sure the driver hates listening to the passenger too, though....
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Old 02-18-2019, 12:21 PM
 
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When we lived in Parker, CO, one time we drove into RMNP and took Trail Ridge Road all the way up to the Summit. Part of the way, there was no guard rails and, when I'd look to my left, as the driver, all I seen was tree tops. Actually, my wife cried twice going up, but she made it and was very happy once we got up on top (the Summit). At one point, where we were able to pull off of the road and get out, it really looked like we were at the top of the Rocky Mountains. It was pretty cool looking! After we left the Summit, we came down by way of Granby Lake. Not as exciting as going up, but still exciting. Heck, we even seen a moose cow and her calf, just after passing over the Continental Divide.
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Old 02-18-2019, 12:42 PM
 
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We are planning a trip by car this summer to different locations in Colorado. We've been watching some videos on YouTube, and we're now concerned about winding mountain roads with no guard rails.

We'll be coming into Colorado from Cheyenne, Wyoming. Will we encounter these kinds of roads between Cheyenne and Grand Junction, Grand Junction and Denver, or Denver and Woodland Park?

Thanks for any information you can give. We need to mentally prepare.
Do not drive Lariat Loop Road (Lookout Mtn, Golden).
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Old 02-18-2019, 01:45 PM
 
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Do not drive Lariat Loop Road (Lookout Mtn, Golden).
Definitely NOT!! We started up once, heading towards "Buffalo Bill" Cody's gravesite and didn't make it. Actually got scared and came back down.
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Old 02-18-2019, 01:58 PM
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Why are guard rails needed? Just don't drive off the edge.


P.S. I will never do Red Mountain pass again in my life. I am too much of a sissified Eastern boy.
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Old 02-18-2019, 02:06 PM
 
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The east side of Independence Pass has a short section that will make you grip the steering wheel a bit tighter.
The west side has a real short section where the center line disappears because, well, there isn't room for two cars.
Don't worry, neither one of these are on your planned route.

Other than those two, I can't really recall too many other sections of road that are bad.

If you go to Grand Junction, make sure you drive through the Colorado National Monument. It is spectacular.
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Old 02-18-2019, 02:08 PM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Most of the paved roads in Colorado are fine for a normal car with good tires.

OTOH, if you want an adventure, try this in a Jeep:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dr7Nkl0pkJk
One of only two one way jeep trails in the state. Red Cone/Webster Pass being the other.

IMO, any road can be dangerous. Some CO roads only look the part because of the sometimes steep drop offs along side. Except for some cases, like Independence Pass mentioned above, in most cases, the lanes are the same width as they are in any other state. Exercise your best defensive driving skills; be aware of your location in the road and other vehicles around you and you 'll be fine.
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