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Santa Fe, NM to Alamosa, Co, Hwy 285 conditions.


TXiceman

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We will be traveling from Santa Fe to Alamosa, CO and wondering about the conditions and grades on Hwy 285. The alternate would be much longer to take I-25 from Santa Fe and them Hwy 160 west to Alamosa.

 

Any comments would be appreciated

 

Ken

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I travel that section of 285 3 or 4 times a year, going between my summer & winter homes. Its a good route, easy drive, no grades to worry about, but it does have some ups and downs. Depending on where you're starting from, I recommend using the "Santa Fe Relief route" 599 which skirts around the NW side of the city, directly from I-25 to 285. Driving through downtown Santa Fe with a big rig is not very enjoyable.

 

 

 

TXiceman, on 11 Jul 2016 - 08:55 AM, said:

We will be traveling from Santa Fe to Alamosa, CO and wondering about the conditions and grades on Hwy 285. The alternate would be much longer to take I-25 from Santa Fe and them Hwy 160 west to Alamosa.

 

Any comments would be appreciated

 

Ken

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Depending on where you're starting from, I recommend using the "Santa Fe Relief route" 599 which skirts around the NW side of the city, directly from I-25 to 285. Driving through downtown Santa Fe with a big rig is not very enjoyable.

 

Basically, from the south headed north, take 599. If coming from the east/north (as in heading south on I-25 or north on US285), take St. Francis. St. Francis has a bunch of traffic lights, but they aren't too bad most times of the day. After about 9 or 10 at night, you've got a decent chance of making it all the way through town without stopping for more than one or two. Unless there's somewhere specific you need to go, steer clear of Cerrillos with the rig, and very little of downtown is very accommodating of big vehicles. It is the oldest capital city in America after all, predating mechanized travel by a few years.

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