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Old 01-20-2008, 03:07 AM
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whats the best route from denver to rifle? need to travel beggining of feb. newbie to the mountains. some snow and sleet experience. any help would be appreciated. also can anyone guestimate the travel time for me.

thanks blue.
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Old 01-20-2008, 12:03 PM
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Well, there's really only one route: I-70. It's a straight shot over the mountains, but it's also jam-packed with cars, particularly on weekends. Check out CDOT's website (cotrip.org) for the latest road conditions, and proceed with caution. Time estimate: maybe 3 hours assuming your don't run into weather or ski traffic.
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Old 01-20-2008, 12:11 PM
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I have driven that road so many times I can't count them all. 3 hrs. Denver to Rifle is not very realistic. 3 1/2--if the roads are dry and there isn't bad traffic anywhere (unless you drive 15-25 mph over the speed limit and like tickets). I hate the "I-70 Sacrifice Zone" and avoid it if I possibly can. Unfortunately, it's the only real practical route from Denver to Rifle. I would absolutely avoid it during ski season from Friday morning until Monday night--that's when 10 zillion lunatic skiers like to "mix it up" on the road from about Denver to Glenwood.
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Old 01-20-2008, 03:04 PM
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There are a couple sections where you can take Highway 6 (Loveland Pass and Golden areas) as an alternative to I-70, but they will take a bit longer, and will bring you back onto I-70 anyway. They will probably also be much more difficult to navigate if it's snowing at the time. As the others pointed out, I-70 is the most direct route.
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