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Old 12-17-2008, 07:59 PM
 
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Hi,

I am planning to drive from Denver to Dallas and back in the 3rd week of January. I am looking for suggestions for a safe route given the season.

Any suggestions about US 287?

Thanks for your time.
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Old 12-17-2008, 10:38 PM
 
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Just make sure to check the weather before you go. If it's not snowing, then 287 should be fine. If it's bad weather at all I'd suggest doing the drive in 2 days. I'd also consider taking 30 north to Oklahoma City, through Wichita, then hop on 135 (toll road) to 70 and then into Denver. It's slightly longer distance wise, but you're on faster, better maintained roads with more roadside services (motels etc) in case the weather turns on you.

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Old 12-18-2008, 07:56 AM
 
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Due to it being winter and weather could change on you I would stick to the Interstate. You will at least have more abundance of highway patrol to assist, truck stops and motels if you need to pull over as mentioned by Ramanboy33.

So out of Denver head I-70 East to Salina, Kansas then I-135 South through Witchita, Kansas that will turn into I-35 South through Oklahoma City and on into the Dallas / Ft. Worth area.

I have done the 287 from Denver to Dallas in Summer. So as long as the weather is good, it's good ride.
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Old 12-18-2008, 02:10 PM
 
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Just make sure to check the weather before you go. If it's not snowing, then 287 should be fine. If it's bad weather at all I'd suggest doing the drive in 2 days. I'd also consider taking 30 north to Oklahoma City, through Wichita, then hop on 135 (toll road) to 70 and then into Denver. It's slightly longer distance wise, but you're on faster, better maintained roads with more roadside services (motels etc) in case the weather turns on you.
Opps, I gave the return direction first. Just reverse it on the way out.
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Old 12-18-2008, 03:49 PM
 
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I've done the 287 drive a couple of dozen times and I actually prefer it over any other route, 70/35 or 25 to Raton. On the return I like to spend the night in Lamar (if I get an early start) or Dumas (late start). But my trips were to/from Austin, so the timing would be a bit different for you.

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Old 12-21-2008, 03:21 PM
 
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Thanks everyone for your suggestions.

I will plan both the routes and decide based on the weather.
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