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Old 09-10-2010, 12:38 PM
 
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I'm going to be taking a road trip from Colorado Springs to Oklahoma City in late February/early March, and I'm trying to figure out what will be the best route. I'd like to split the drive into 2 days (I will be traveling alone), but I'm willing to do it all in one day.

Here are the routes I'm considering;

I-25 to Raton, NM; US 87 & 287 to Amarillo; I-40 to OKC.

US 24 to Limon, CO; I-70 to Salina, KS; I-35 to OKC.

I-25 to Pueblo, CO; US 50 to Lamar, CO; US 287 to Amarillo; I-40 to OKC.

Which route would be the best? Any other suggestions?
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Old 09-10-2010, 07:09 PM
 
Location: Texas
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Depending upon where you're starting from in Colorado Springs, you could take CO-94 east to US-287 near Wild Horse. There's nothing out there, but it's a good, straight drive and you avoid any urban areas. However, it WILL be the dead of winter and 94 is NOT a good place to get caught by a blizzard or stranded!

Forget going through Amarillo at all, unless you just like four lane highways. It's a long way out of route.

The most direct route is OK-3 east out of Boise City to Woodward, then down US-270 to it's junction with I-40 south of Calumet, OK. It's all two-lane, but good road and without a lot of traffic or any big cities to go through. But....like CO-94, the Oklahoma Panhandle is not a good place to meet a blizzard, so keep your eyes and ears open.

If you just want to go through Amarillo, though, deciding upon going via Lamar or Raton would depend upon what the weather is doing. Raton Pass is about 7000 ft in elevation, so just be aware that it can be bad there while it's not out on the plains.
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Old 09-10-2010, 11:58 PM
 
Location: OKIE-Ville
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I'm going to be taking a road trip from Colorado Springs to Oklahoma City in late February/early March, and I'm trying to figure out what will be the best route. I'd like to split the drive into 2 days (I will be traveling alone), but I'm willing to do it all in one day.

Here are the routes I'm considering;

I-25 to Raton, NM; US 87 & 287 to Amarillo; I-40 to OKC.

US 24 to Limon, CO; I-70 to Salina, KS; I-35 to OKC.

I-25 to Pueblo, CO; US 50 to Lamar, CO; US 287 to Amarillo; I-40 to OKC.

Which route would be the best? Any other suggestions?
I've driven options #1 and #2. I would go with #1 because it is probably faster, but it is a very boring drive until you get east of Amarillo.
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