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Old 11-28-2010, 04:19 PM
 
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I am planning to drive from dallas to Salt Lake city Coming weekend i.e 12/3. I am unable to determine which route to take. Here are couple of options that showed up..
1) Dallas - Santa Fe(NM) - SLC(UT)
2) Dallas - Denver(CO) - SLC(UT)

I can trade off scenic mountain drive to more safer options if available.
Driving through New mexico looks like a more safer option (i never been there, just guessing from my little browsing.. ) I am a little worried about driving through rocky mountains in this part of the year...Please advice...

Thanks.
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Old 11-29-2010, 11:12 AM
 
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Need urgent help....
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Old 11-29-2010, 11:15 AM
 
Location: Utah
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I-70 west of Denver into Utah can be a snowy mess. And sometimes, it's even closed. I'd pick the NM route.
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Old 11-29-2010, 11:44 AM
 
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Thanks for the reply.
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Old 11-29-2010, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Utah
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You're welcome. I've driven I-70 west of Denver into Utah, North on Highway 6, then through Spanish Fork canyon to Interstate 15 to Salt Lake. The drive on I-70 in Colorado was beautiful but snowy. I drove it in October of 2005. I've been a passenger on a previous road trip on I-70 and it was a snowy mess. I-70 east of Denver also closes for snow.

Drive safely. I hope it's an uneventful journey for you.
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Old 11-29-2010, 12:19 PM
 
Location: South Jordan, Utah
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How many nights are you planning on stopping?
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Old 11-29-2010, 12:50 PM
 
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I-15 north of St. George can also be a snowy mess. Check weather conditions before you leave.
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Old 11-29-2010, 07:52 PM
 
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Planning to start on friday afternoon and stop somewhere for the night and continue saturday morning.. hopefully reach by saturday night..
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Old 11-29-2010, 08:11 PM
 
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This is the route i am planning to take (based on current weather conditions..)

287 to Amrillo,TX . Get onto I-40 and past Albuquerque NM, Take I-491 at Gallup NM. Get onto 191 past Monticello, which will later become route 6. Then merge on I-15 at spanish fork and proceed to salt lake city.

Please suggest if there are any changes i need to make....
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Old 11-29-2010, 08:25 PM
 
Location: Texas
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This is the route i am planning to take (based on current weather conditions..)

287 to Amrillo,TX . Get onto I-40 and past Albuquerque NM, Take I-491 at Gallup NM. Get onto 191 past Monticello, which will later become route 6. Then merge on I-15 at spanish fork and proceed to salt lake city.

Please suggest if there are any changes i need to make....

That's as good as any other route, but you'll still probably get snowed on. At least by that route, you won't have but one real mountain to go over at Soldiers Summit, just past Price, UT. I've driven that route dozens of times and it's the one I usually take in the winter.

However, if the weather is good that week, going via Denver, Ft. Collins, Laramie, WY and across I-80 is alright too. It looks farther on the map than I-70, but the distance from Denver to SLC is almost the same going either way and the Wyoming route offers no mountains to go over, provided that you take I-84 from it's junction with I-80 over to I-15 and then south, which allows you to miss Parley's Summit.

In reality, whichever route you take will be about the same distance overall; 12-1300 miles.

ps: If it's night time when you leave Gallup going up toward Shiprock, watch for pedestrian's the whole way. I'm not dissing Indian's, but there are a lot of people walking because they've lost their driving license's because of DUI's. They're not always walking on the shoulders or in the ditch. I've barely missed running over more than one of them who was stumbling along the center line late at night.
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