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Old 03-03-2015, 11:09 PM   #1
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Roads from Santa Fe to South Fork

Any one drove from Santa Fe to south fork col? If so how is drive as planning a trip in few months


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Old 03-03-2015, 11:35 PM   #2
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You might post the question here: Western USA - Forest River Forums Some knowledgable folks hovering there
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We used to live in Santa Fe before moving to Durango, CO a few years ago and are pretty familiar with the roads in that area. The obvious route is straight north on HWY 84/285 through Espanola, continuing north on HWY 285 to Alamosa. Left turn on HWY 160 takles you W to South Fork.

Up to Espanola it's mostly four lane but then narrows down pretty much the rest of the way to two lane. You'll find good fuel prices at some of the Indian Pueblo's between Santa Fe & Espanola but fill up as N of Espanola things get very sparse until Alamosa. You'll be traveling through the lower half of the San Luis valley. At over 100 miles N to S and 75 miles E - W it's a lot of open space. Once you make the hill north of Santa Fe it's fairly level the rest of the way but remember we're talking the Rockies here. My definition of level is different from Florida.

If you have the time you could head out of Espanola on HWY 67 to Taos then cut back to 285 via HWY 64. Nice run along the Rio Grande before Taos then spend some time checking out the plaza and pueblo. An added bonus of that route is the bridge crossing over the Rio Grande west of Taos (on 64). Instead of the earlier stretch right along the river here you're crossing a gorge 650' deep.

A completely different route would be to swing farther west. Stay on HWY 84 out of Espanola continuing to Pagosa Springs, CO then E on 160 over Wolf Creek pass. Great scenery but much more elevation change.

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Thanks for great insight and info as first time to take coach to mountains as not real excited on driving narrow one lane winding roads up and mountain passes but you gave me good idea and appreciate that!


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Most all the hills have passing lanes, just stay over there and grind it out. Just don't try for any land speed records topping them out and you should be OK.

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Sounds like 285 will be your best route. My #1 advice to anyone driving these roads is to use engine braking and not ride your brakes on the downhill runs. I've seen - and smelled - way too many overheated brakes on everything from cars to 18 wheelers.

Once in South Fork - if you have a towed vehicle - take a run over Wolf Creek pass to Pagosa Springs. It's only about 45 minutes and you'll see some beautiful scenery on both side of the pass. The road north is also very scenic up through Lake City and worth the drive.

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You do know that Southfork is going to be pretty dern chilly this time of year, right?? I mean compared to Texas.


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My actual trip is mid June but heard it can get cool at nights! Going with another RV couple and we stay around fun valley and drive our jeeps to gunnison, wolf creek, and Durango for a week


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My actual trip is mid June but heard it can get cool at nights! Going with another RV couple and we stay around fun valley and drive our jeeps to gunnison, wolf creek, and Durango for a week


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You will LOVE it. Colorado Springs is my "adopted" home town. I full time, so most all of my summers are in Colorado or other equally beautiful Rocky mountain states. Take Slumgullion pass over to Lake City. Wonderful little town and you can visit "old Al Packer".

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