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Old 04-02-2010, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Woodland Park, CO
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Drive the Southern route (15 to 40 to 25) if you are concerned with weather. You will drive through Vegas, go past the Hoover Dam (worth the tour), hit the Grand Canyon (South Rim...so worth it) on the way, and drive through Albuquerque and Santa Fe. I have driven this route many times and can still get hit with a good storm though, especially around Flagstaff, AZ. If you haven't seen the GC before, you must take this route. It's definitely a thing to check off on the bucket list.

If the weather is better when you leave CO, go the I70 route. Road trips are so much fun!! Make sure your tires are in good shape, if not replace them!
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Old 04-02-2010, 03:00 PM
 
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Looks like most of the roads going through the rockies are wet, slushy, icy right now. That does worry me, especially since I don't have experience driving through those conditions.
There can be a lot of storms in April, but when the sun is out the roads clear quickly. There are no guarantees for anything.

A good time to go is in 6-8 weeks before the summer season really picks up.
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Old 04-02-2010, 04:22 PM
 
Location: Santa Clarita Valley, California
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Drive the Southern route (15 to 40 to 25) if you are concerned with weather. You will drive through Vegas, go past the Hoover Dam (worth the tour), hit the Grand Canyon (South Rim...so worth it) on the way, and drive through Albuquerque and Santa Fe. I have driven this route many times and can still get hit with a good storm though, especially around Flagstaff, AZ. If you haven't seen the GC before, you must take this route. It's definitely a thing to check off on the bucket list.

If the weather is better when you leave CO, go the I70 route. Road trips are so much fun!! Make sure your tires are in good shape, if not replace them!
How long is this route? I know going strait through the I70 is approx 16hrs which we plan to do in 2 days.
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Old 04-02-2010, 04:29 PM
 
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How long is this route? I know going strait through the I70 is approx 16hrs which we plan to do in 2 days.
You can find all the answers you need on Google maps. Click on "get directions" and it will tell you the best routes to take along with the driving time to get there.

Once you have the map on your screen you can drag the blue line around to explore time/mileage differences along various routes.

Google Maps
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Old 04-02-2010, 04:33 PM
 
Location: Santa Clarita Valley, California
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You can find all the answers you need on Google maps. Click on "get directions" and it will tell you the best routes to take along with the driving time to get there.

Once you have the map on your screen you can drag the blue line around to explore time/mileage differences along various routes.

Google Maps
I never knew you can move the blue line. I thought it was just preset. Let me give that a try now. It worked thank you!
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Old 04-02-2010, 04:42 PM
 
Location: Avondale, AZ
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The 'detour' to the south rim of the Grand Canyon can only be done when using the southern route. It's about 55 miles off I40, north of Williams,AZ. So figure about 3 hours of extra driving and a couple of hours to walk around and explore.
I like to take one way out and the other back. Sometimes the weather will determine the choice.
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Old 04-02-2010, 06:35 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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Looks like most of the roads going through the rockies are wet, slushy, icy right now. That does worry me, especially since I don't have experience driving through those conditions.
The only way to get experience is to experience it. I don't think you'd want to move here without seeing what it's like first. When it's sunny, dry, and warm here it's hard to get a gauge on what the bad weather here is like (and driving in it etc).

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Drive the Southern route (15 to 40 to 25) if you are concerned with weather. You will drive through Vegas
err Barstow?
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Old 04-02-2010, 06:59 PM
 
Location: Santa Clarita Valley, California
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The only way to get experience is to experience it. I don't think you'd want to move here without seeing what it's like first. When it's sunny, dry, and warm here it's hard to get a gauge on what the bad weather here is like (and driving in it etc).



err Barstow?
Hi David,

Would we be ok driving a Ford Focus? I was going to rent one of those as I don't want to put the wear and tear on our cars.
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Old 04-02-2010, 10:41 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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Hi David,

Would we be ok driving a Ford Focus? I was going to rent one of those as I don't want to put the wear and tear on our cars.
Yes, you should be, those are front wheel drive.

If you hit snow, drive like a grandma in the right lane. Do not slam on your brakes for any reason. Leave plenty of distance between other vehicles and brake slowly and softly.
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Old 04-04-2010, 10:50 AM
 
Location: Santa Clarita Valley, California
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Made it to Richfield, UT although the weather outlook and road conditions don't look promising driving through Colorado. Not sure how safe it is for us to continue. How long is the stretch of Icy, Snowy, Wet driving conditions? from where we are to Boulder?
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