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Old 03-26-2016, 02:30 PM
 
Location: Buckeye
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We're moving from the Twin Cities area to Surprise in June. Driving a 26-ft Uhaul truck towing a car/trailer behind. I've driven big rigs so not worried about that aspect.

Mapquest routes us south to K.C. then Kansas, OK, down to I-40 and across (driven OK, TX before and it's a bit boring). Wondered about doing the NE, Denver and across on I-70 into Utah, south on 191 to I-40. Both routes, according to Mapquest take about same time (just over 27 hrs) I-70 would be more scenic certainly.

We're leaving about noon on a Monday and want to be there by noon on Thursday at the latest. Any experiences with these routes? Recommends?
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Old 03-26-2016, 03:35 PM
 
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I70 is certainly scenic and takes you way high to the Eisenhower tunnel at about 11000 ft. And then down on the other side. Not something I would enjoy while towing.

There is also an extended downhill on I17 between Flagstaff and Phoenix.
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Old 03-26-2016, 06:29 PM
 
Location: Looking over your shoulder
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Just this past week Denver had a bad blizzard move through there. I-25 was completely covered with blowing snow; don’t know what I-70 was like however in the higher elevations there surely were problems. One would “hope” that was the “last” cold spell and blizzard however the weather seems to be unpredictable this time of year. I would avoid CO & UT heading south to KC and moving southwest to OK to catch I-40 and come across that way. Less problems weather wise I would think or hope.
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Old 03-26-2016, 11:54 PM
 
Location: Aurora, CO
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OP is planning the move in June. I've seen snow at Arapahoe Basin Ski Area in July, but the odds of a blizzard in June are extremely low. The descent into Silverthorne/Dillon will be a bigger concern, but the OP has stated he has experience driving big trucks. If he doesn't mind going over two high altitude spots (Eisenhower Tunnel & Vail Pass) along with Glenwood Canyon, DeBeque Canyon, and the San Rafael Swell the I-70 to I-15 route is a lot more scenic.
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Old 03-27-2016, 02:10 AM
 
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We're moving from the Twin Cities area to Surprise in June. Driving a 26-ft Uhaul truck towing a car/trailer behind. I've driven big rigs so not worried about that aspect.

Mapquest routes us south to K.C. then Kansas, OK, down to I-40 and across (driven OK, TX before and it's a bit boring). Wondered about doing the NE, Denver and across on I-70 into Utah, south on 191 to I-40. Both routes, according to Mapquest take about same time (just over 27 hrs) I-70 would be more scenic certainly.

We're leaving about noon on a Monday and want to be there by noon on Thursday at the latest. Any experiences with these routes? Recommends?
We do that Minneapolis to Sun City twice a year. We like the I-80 route best as it is cooler in June than the TX-OK route and is far more scenic. Better roads too. Good hotels all along the way fronting the freeways.
We do not go into Denver. I recommend the following way to miss the hassle of Denver and the toll roads. Take 80 toward Denver to the 76 cutoff (way before Denver) then down 71 to Limon, then over toward Colorado Springs/Pueblo, then down 25 to Albuquerque, then 40 to Flagstaff, then down 17 to Phoenix 101 west to where you're going. Or you can take the Sonoran Parkway just south of Carefree Hwy over to the Sun City/Surprise areas. This way you bypass going to the Phoenix traffic.
Time wise is 4 days for us.
We take 35 down to Des Moines then catch 80 there.

Alternative is 35 down to 70 west to Limon then to Co. Springs/Pueblo.
Or 35 down to Oklahoma City then onto 40 over to Flagstaff.
All take about same amount of time, but weather wise and scenic is 80.
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