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Old 05-10-2015, 10:22 AM   #11
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Well,we will be leaving Sat 5/16. I am looking at the road conditions on I80 from Ft.Collins to Salt Lake and most of it has snow,black ice , is that right? They are still dealing with winter there? Am I making a mistake by going this early to Utah? Jim
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That should all be cleared up by the 16th. Just one of those Rocky Mountain springtime squalls.
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99.9% of the time you should not have a problem with snow or ice that time of year. However, the wind generally blows across Wyoming every afternoon. Seems like I always have a head wind - either going east bound or west bound.
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Old 05-10-2015, 10:25 PM   #14
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Thanks for the good information on the weather. .......Are there any good campgrounds about half way into Wyoming?

Thanks again for your help, we are looking forward to spending time with our son and his family at Hill AFB, they just were relocated there ...

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There are commercial campgrounds along I-80. You would only want to spend a night to rest up. You will be traveling the high desert plains of Wyoming, not the most attractive part of the country. I have stayed in both Rawlings & Cheyenne the campgrounds were OK with easy access on & off the interstate, I am sure there are others along the way (Rock Springs, Green River & Evanston?). The cities seem to be spread out about an hour apart as you cross the state - good luck!
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Hi, I am located in the SLC area and I am from Denver, we travel back and forth often all different times of the year.

The worst stretch of roads normally is Cheyenne to Laramie, some times around the Rock Springs area. You usually dont see much adverse weather in terms of snow and ice this tiem of year, that area was just hit by a freak storm so it is a little wet/slick but should be clear by Sat.

Here is a good site for road info if you dont have it already. WYDOT Travel Information Service (Laramie), I just checked and it is clear/dry now

There are campgrounds or truck stops about every 90 miles in most places. There are only 2 longer hills and then just easier mountains near park city, the hardest obstacle is a steeper downhill in parleys canyon just before you enter SLC
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We got about 4" snow in Denver Sat night, it is all gone and the roads are dry.
If that is Ft.Collins, Colorado, I assume you will be taking the cut off ( 287 ) to Laramie most 18 wheeler that are going west bound I 80 use it, good road.
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Well,we will be leaving Sat 5/16. I am looking at the road conditions on I80 from Ft.Collins to Salt Lake and most of it has snow,black ice , is that right? They are still dealing with winter there? Am I making a mistake by going this early to Utah? Jim
Roads are open , no black ice . just came through I-80 2 days ago when it snowing and expecting more on sunday . even then it was not sticking to the roads and temps in the 40's and 50's . all clear now and should be good to go may get some rain . I would take I-70 myself but you'd have to go through the passes by the 16th all should be good
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Thanks guys for all the good information pointers.....Now AAA mapped me from Arkansas to 70 to Thonton Co. (25) to Laramie...Now does that seem like a good route? I noticed I can [pick up 80 just west of Kearney Neb. to SLC.
What do you think?

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If it was me and coming into Colorado on I-70 and had no need to see the Denver area I would cut north on 385 at Burlington Co and on up to Julesburg Co and catch I-80 there. Plan on topping off your tank in Burlington as there are just a couple small town on that route.
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