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Hwy 50 through Colorado


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Planning for next summer. Thinking to take Hwy. 50 all the way across the state of Colorado. Although the Mountain Directory West only has one warning at Monarch Pass (which sounds doable in a motorhome towing), we are concerned about road conditions, curves, winding roads, etc., especially between Canon City and Montrose. Does anyone have experience with this drive? Any suggestions/tips appreciated. Thanks!

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We've done it with our 40' MH and many independent chunks of it including Monarch Pass. It's no big deal - good road all the way. Yes, you'll have some curves but after all, you're in the mountains. :) It's a beautiful drive and lots of places to explore - especially with your Jeep. I hope you're planning to visit Silverton! It's an all-time favorite Jeeping area for us. Have fun planning.

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Did the whole thing (Hwy 50) from Grand Junction to Canon City (well almost the whole stretch) with an HDT and 40' Fifth Wheel. The middle of May on dry roads. Beautiful.

Would check and be aware of road conditions. Would not try to do Monarch in heavy rain or snow but not a problem on dry roads. It is a bit steep so it will be slower and on the way down it helps to have an engine/exhaust brake. Might also be good to review Controlled (Snub) Braking technique for mountain driving just to be prepared. It is always good to review skills needed for certain situations.

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Thanks for all the prompt replies! We are still in the planning stages for next summer, but are mapping our way along Hwy. 50 through Kansas, Colorado, Utah and Nevada. Have heard a lot about the San Rafael Swell in Utah (as well as other points of interest along this route) and are looking forward to another exciting adventure! :) Thanks again for your input.

 

P.S. 2Gypsies, we visited Silverton this past summer in our Jeep and you are right, it is a beautiful place! :)

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Thanks for all the prompt replies! We are still in the planning stages for next summer, but are mapping our way along Hwy. 50 through Kansas, Colorado, Utah and Nevada. Have heard a lot about the San Rafael Swell in Utah (as well as other points of interest along this route) and are looking forward to another exciting adventure! :) Thanks again for your input.

 

P.S. 2Gypsies, we visited Silverton this past summer in our Jeep and you are right, it is a beautiful place! :)

 

I've done the route you're planning. I found it quite good and scenic. The only rough area of road was in Kansas, and not so much of it there.

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