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Old 03-16-2019, 04:53 PM
 
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Hubby and I are thinking about going by car to Colorado Springs, Co. this July. I'm a little leery about traveling through small towns on the way there. I'm wondering how others have fared traveling by vehicle from Texas to Colorado in the last year or so. I believe the trip takes about 17 hours more or less and we would be staying at a hotel when we arrive. Any thoughts, advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 03-16-2019, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Na'alehu Hawaii/Buena Vista Colorado
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My first question is what are you "leery" of in small towns?

Thousands of people drive from Texas to Colorado every year. There are several different routes, and all are very safe. Where in Texas are you coming from?
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Old 03-16-2019, 05:17 PM
 
Location: Ken Caryl, CO
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I travel between Colorado and Texas once or twice a year. It is a well traveled route. No need to worry about small towns along the way. Just watch the posted speed limits and you will be fine.
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Old 03-16-2019, 07:02 PM
 
Location: On the sunny side of a mountain
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Beaumont to Amarillo to Colorado Springs about 15.5 hours, boring but easy drive except for Dallas be sure you don't hit rush hour. Not sure what small towns you're worried about. I've driven it myself a few times and never felt leery.
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Old 03-16-2019, 07:17 PM
 
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I'd be worried about this drive in case of car trouble. You could be pretty f'd depending on where the break down occured. Aside from that concern, just plan your gas stops and you should be fine.
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Old 03-16-2019, 07:25 PM
 
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If car trouble is the issue then get a AAA membership, they'll come get you and get you to a dealer.

Otherwise it's a good drive. We did COLO SPGS <--> Amarillo and found it very nice. Staying off of the interstates is a good way to see the country without the boring sameness of the interstates which is monotonous to the point of 'highway hypnosis.'

If it were me I'd break that up into two days of driving, but if you can make it in one day that's fine too.
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Old Yesterday, 08:51 AM
 
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Incidentally, I was born in Beaumont back during the Pleistocene era (1953), when giants such as Johnny Winter (RIP) and Edgar Winter played in clubs.

I have one thing to say about all those little towns in Texas. Mainly on the way to Amarillo on 287, do not speed. Period. Both the Texas Highway Patrol and local law enforcement don't look too kindly on speeders.

BTW, most of those small Texas towns have their Dairy Queen . . .
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Old Yesterday, 08:35 PM
 
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I haven't done the whole route you'll be taking, but I've done 287 between Decatur and Amarillo about 10 times, and I-25 between Raton, NM, and Colorado Springs a half dozen times.

The aforementioned part of 287 is 4-lanes, very heavily traveled, and near-freeway standard, but as others have said there are a handful of places where it goes through towns and the speed limit goes down quickly. Be especially vigilant going through Estelline. It's a notorious speed trap. The town's budget is funded almost exclusively through speeding tickets. The scenery really changes once you get out of Wichita Falls and again as you drive up onto the Llano Estacado outside Estelline.

I-25 between Ration and the Springs is a piece of cake. Raton Pass is the highest point of your trip, but it's only 7800'. The rest of the route stays well east of the mountains.

I'd break it up into two days as well. There are plenty of hotels in Amarillo, but the area along I-40 was kinda rough the one time we stayed there. Dalhart may be a better choice.
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Old Yesterday, 08:47 PM
 
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I haven't done the whole route you'll be taking, but I've done 287 between Decatur and Amarillo about 10 times, and I-25 between Raton, NM, and Colorado Springs a half dozen times.

The aforementioned part of 287 is 4-lanes, very heavily traveled, and near-freeway standard, but as others have said there are a handful of places where it goes through towns and the speed limit goes down quickly. Be especially vigilant going through Estelline. It's a notorious speed trap. The town's budget is funded almost exclusively through speeding tickets. The scenery really changes once you get out of Wichita Falls and again as you drive up onto the Llano Estacado outside Estelline.

I-25 between Ration and the Springs is a piece of cake. Raton Pass is the highest point of your trip, but it's only 7800'. The rest of the route stays well east of the mountains.

I'd break it up into two days as well. There are plenty of hotels in Amarillo, but the area along I-40 was kinda rough the one time we stayed there. Dalhart may be a better choice.
When I lived in Plano, my wife and I used to take four-day long weekend trips to Taos, NM. We probably did this fourteen times or so.

Estelline -- I rarely get tickets, but I got one there. I think you are going 70 miles an hour, and you have to shut down quickly to 55. It's ironic, because Estelline, IIRC, doesn't have a single open business that borders on 287. The cop who used to nab people was right out of the movies.

He wore a baseball cap and mirror sunglasses. His "cop" car wasn't a standard sedan -- I think it was a sports car. He wore a cop shirt and blue jeans.

After that one time, I was always on the lookout, and I never once again ever saw him or any speed trap. Don't quote me, but that was my experience.

Don't underestimate the highway patrol. They aren't into "courtesy" stops.
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Old Today, 08:04 PM
 
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Thanks a lot folks, I appreciate al your responses, and you all have helped me decide what to do.
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