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Old 11-06-2011, 09:46 AM
 
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Hi, Im an Aussie coming to Telluride this Jan 2012... to ski. We are 4 so driving can be cost comparative to flying and we love a good drive anyway! We are tossing up between driving from SLC or DEN to Telluride and we are hoping to see some beaut scenery or landmarks along the way... and could stop overnight.
So.... considering the winter weather.... which would you recommend for scenery, safety.... and where can we stop overnight? Should we hire an SUV (?) (Is that a 4WD??) We have driven from Montrose to Telluride before... Appreciate your time .... CAN'T WAIT!! We LOVE Colorado. Cheers.
No telling what the weather will be the day(s) you'll be driving. Could be clear and dry or could be heavy snow. Keep an eye on the weather reports before you leave and reserve whatever vehicle you need. The car of choice here for winter driving in snow is the Subaru Outback with AWD, but a 4x4 will do fine too. In January it really does snow on many days up there.

Scenery from Denver to Telluride is awesome anytime of year but even in the best of conditions it will take most of a day to get there. The scenery from SLC, will be good too as it's in close proximity to mountains and ski areas in UT. Either way you WIN.

If coming from Denver, I'd suggest a night in a COLO mountain resort, take your pic; Vail (there is a Vail photo thread on here), Breckenridge, or other. My suggestion is to spend a night in Glenwood Springs, CO and take advantage of the huge hot springs that are there.

It is possible to take an Amtrak train from Denver to Glenwood Springs and see some of the best scenery in the western USA, stuff you can't see from the highway. That would be the California Zephyr, and if it's on time, it'll leave Denver at 8AM and you'll see COLO like too few people ever do. The train goes on to Grand Junction, CO (and eventually to SLC and the west coast. You may be able to rent a vehicle in Glenwood Springs, CO, stay the night, use the hot springs, then drive to Telluride, then drive to SLC and drop the car there. THAT would be the max sightseeing trip as well as the ski trip.
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Old 11-06-2011, 06:11 PM
 
Location: Sunnyvale, CA
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Hi, Im an Aussie coming to Telluride this Jan 2012... to ski. We are 4 so driving can be cost comparative to flying and we love a good drive anyway! We are tossing up between driving from SLC or DEN to Telluride and we are hoping to see some beaut scenery or landmarks along the way... and could stop overnight.
So.... considering the winter weather.... which would you recommend for scenery, safety.... and where can we stop overnight? Should we hire an SUV (?) (Is that a 4WD??) We have driven from Montrose to Telluride before... Appreciate your time .... CAN'T WAIT!! We LOVE Colorado. Cheers.
From Salt Lake your drive will be mostly through desert with some visible mountains in the distance. From Denver your drive will be mostly through mountains. Both are interesting in their own way.
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Old 11-10-2011, 03:59 PM
 
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Old 11-11-2011, 09:59 AM
 
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Mfbe wrote:
It is possible to take an Amtrak train from Denver to Glenwood Springs and see some of the best scenery in the western USA, stuff you can't see from the highway. That would be the California Zephyr, and if it's on time, it'll leave Denver at 8AM and you'll see COLO like too few people ever do.
The keyword in Mikes post is the word IF. EVERY time I've taken Amtrak with a departure in Colorado it has been at least 2 hrs late. But once I'm on the train I don't give a $#.+. The scenery more than makes up for the late departure. Riding Amtrak is a great way to see the country and the BEST scenery along the entire route is the portion between Denver and Grand Junction. Highy recommended!
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