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Old 12-25-2011, 09:53 PM
 
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two females in a large RV are looking for a route to phoenix that won`t take them through snow in arizona or too close to the border, where the US state dept has posted warnings. any recent info would help. thanks
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Old 12-25-2011, 10:09 PM
 
Location: City of Angels
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as long as you don't cross into mexico the border towns are perfectly safe. check the crime rate in the major border cities (like san diego, el paso). theyre among the lowest in the US.
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Old 12-25-2011, 11:20 PM
 
Location: Chandler, AZ
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That is especially true about El Paso.

Keep an eye on the Weather Channel until they day you leave Tulsa; Albuquerque and Flagstaff are both several thousand feet above sea level, so you might have some issues with snowy weather.

Consequently, driving from Tulsa to Phoenix via Flagstaff as opposed to via Dallas-Ft. Worth and El Paso will save you a ton of mileage.

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Old 12-26-2011, 09:28 AM
 
Location: SoCal
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The only stretch of the border that might be a problem would be due south of Phoenix, and you have no need to drive there to get to Phoenix. And it's only a problem because that's where the most active drug trade is going on - not because of any particular violence around there.
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Old 12-28-2011, 05:26 PM
 
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Wow, you read my mind. I've been trying to figure out the same thing, only I would be traveling alone. It's difficult in the winter since you would (possibly) encounter snow in New Mexico, but the southern route goes through the middle of nowhere and right along the border. Just curious- what takes you to Phoenix? I'm in Tulsa too.
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Old 12-28-2011, 05:49 PM
 
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The best route is to take I-40 to I-17 (at Flagstaff) down to Phoenix. The roads are interstate highways and are kept in good driving condition all the way. Even if you happen to hit a sudden snow storm, within a few hours the roads are cleared for travel. Any other route is going to take you way out of the way and the cost to drive it will be consideraly more.
I take that route twice a year and have never experienced any travel problems.
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Old 12-28-2011, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Sierra Vista, AZ
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I44 to I40 then south on I-27 to US 60 in Lubbock. West on 60 to US 70 in Clovis NM. Stay with 70 across I-25 to I-10, then west on I-10
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Old 12-29-2011, 01:24 AM
 
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then I-10 up to Phoenix and this will take you about 5-6 hours longer and appx 400 miles further.
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Old 12-29-2011, 07:25 AM
 
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then I-10 up to Phoenix and this will take you about 5-6 hours longer and appx 400 miles further.
according to Google it's 1152 vs 1118, hardly 400 miles or 4-6 hours.
I use that route in the winter because I-40 east of Flagstaff gets snowed in early in the winter. Of course that last storm buried Amarillo which wwould have killed any route.

NM 70 is divided four lane most of the way woth none of the truck traffice that makes I-40 a parking lot
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Old 12-29-2011, 10:32 AM
 
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I switched to Mapquest and it shows about 100 miles difference dropping down to I-10 and over to Tucson and up to Phoenix. But the time difference with more stops makes I-40 quicker and easier, at least for me. I've never run into a truck parking lot situation on I-40. And the rest stops along I-40 are great.
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