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View Poll Results: Which path through the Mountain West do you prefer?
I-10 10 35.71%
I-40 18 64.29%
Voters: 28. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-02-2019, 10:46 PM
 
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For the purposes of this thread, I'm going to consider the southern portion of the Mountain West to be eastern California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Trans-Pecos Texas. Despite traversing the same states, when it comes to geography, climate, culture, and cities, I-10 and I-40 are very different experiences. Which path do you prefer and why? Do you prefer I-40 which goes through the Colorado Plateau or do you prefer I-10, which goes through the lower-elevation Chihuahuan and Sonoran Deserts? When it comes to cities, on I-40 you get to pass through Albuquerque and Flagstaff. I-10 on the other hand takes you through El Paso, Las Cruces, Tuscon, and Phoenix. Which path through the southern Mountain West do you prefer?

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Old 12-02-2019, 10:56 PM
 
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I prefer I-10 because I prefer Phoenix,Arizona and Las Cruces,New Mexico.
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Old 12-03-2019, 12:28 AM
 
Location: The High Desert
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Always I-40. I prefer high desert. The little bit I've driven on I-10 was unimpressive. As far as mountains go, I-40 doesn't have many except in the distance. The exception would be the Sandias going into Albuquerque. Mount Taylor near Grants might be the tallest in view until near Flagstaff and Humphrey's Peak. Those last two are large extinct Volcanoes. The Sandias are the uplifted eastern edge of the Rio Grande Rift.

Actually, the night train (SW Chief) from Albuquerque to LA is quite nice...leave ABQ around 4:30 PM and have breakfast in LA at 8:30 AM.
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Old 12-03-2019, 09:26 AM
 
Location: Kansas City North
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I-40 is more scenic and if we are only considering the portion of the country you mentioned I would go with that. On the whole length of the interstate I would have preferred I-10.
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Old 12-03-2019, 11:01 AM
 
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In winter or in summer?
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Old 12-03-2019, 11:31 AM
 
Location: San Francisco Bay Area
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I prefer I-10.
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Old 12-03-2019, 12:06 PM
 
Location: Chiraq, Crook County
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If I'm not mistaken, I-40 mostly mirrors the path of old Route 66. I would gladly take that to stop by all the historic landmarks over I-10.
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Old 12-04-2019, 06:56 AM
 
Location: "The Dirty Irv" Irving, TX
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Originally Posted by bawac34618 View Post
For the purposes of this thread, I'm going to consider the southern portion of the Mountain West to be eastern California, Arizona, New Mexico, and Trans-Pecos Texas. Despite traversing the same states, when it comes to geography, climate, culture, and cities, I-10 and I-40 are very different experiences. Which path do you prefer and why? Do you prefer I-40 which goes through the Colorado Plateau or do you prefer I-10, which goes through the lower-elevation Chihuahuan and Sonoran Deserts? When it comes to cities, on I-40 you get to pass through Albuquerque and Flagstaff. I-10 on the other hand takes you through El Paso, Las Cruces, Tuscon, and Phoenix. Which path through the southern Mountain West do you prefer?
That the Southwest.

The Mountain west usually means CO, UT, WY, ID etc. NM, AZ, and NV are sometimes included.

If you want to talk about the Mountain west you should be including: 94, 90, 84, 80, 70 etc.
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Old 12-04-2019, 08:57 AM
 
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That the Southwest.

The Mountain west usually means CO, UT, WY, ID etc. NM, AZ, and NV are sometimes included.

If you want to talk about the Mountain west you should be including: 94, 90, 84, 80, 70 etc.
Seeing as most of northern Arizona and New Mexico are not technically part of a desert, I would say that term "Mountain West" is accurate.
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Old 12-04-2019, 09:20 AM
 
Location: New Orleans
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Just did the I-10 from Phoenix to NOLA the other day... It was eh, the 40 isn't much better. I find most of mid Texas to be quite... boring... sorry y'all! I guess I prefer the 40 though because Flagstaff is a fun place and you avoid the Houston traffic.
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