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Old 11-28-2015, 12:59 PM   #11
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I diddo what ScOOter recommends. Probably plan for the southern route from now till mid Feb or so. Check weather, roads up in the Mts. when you enter eastern Colorado.
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Old 11-28-2015, 01:09 PM   #12
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Our plan: Leave Minnesota and meet up with friends in Las Vegas - 24' Sunseeker MBS diesel towing a 4WD CRV. Plan to watch the weather closely across the plains and disconnect the CRV in Denver. If the forecast is bad there head south to Albuquerque. We have heard I 70 is the most scenic. I have many years of experience driving in snow. Is I 70 an option in January?
Colorado and Nevada have Chain Law in effect from October 1 to May 1, generally. I cannot speak to Utah. You should carry properly-fitted, lugged chains at all times (the fines in Nevada can be stiff).

You will cross two passes in Colorado, and the San Rafael Uplift and Beaver Summit in Utah. All of those can be very, very nasty in the winter. Yes it is scenic but can be treacherous in the winter. You may have experience driving in snow but not on 4% - 6+% grades that are common on the route you are taking. If you decide to go south from Denver, you will cross a pass to get to Colorado Springs then Raton Pass into New Mexico. In New Mexico, you will cross Glorieta Pass (not too bad, generally), and then head west from Albuquerque (see below). You should be prepared for winter travel in the mountains on tis route as well.

I would suggest the southern route through New Mexico. There, you have plains, Tijeras Pass into Albuquerque, the Continental Divide, the Colorado Plateau (NM & AZ), and Flagstaff (itself a pass) to Kingman. Flagstaff is at 7000 feet elevation and has been getting snow lately. Watch the weather closely. Oklahoma and the Texas Panhandle just got hit with an ice storm and snow storm. If needs be, head further south to I-20/I-10 through West Texas, El Paso, Southern New Mexico & Arizona to Tucson & Phoenix, across to Wickenburg on US 60, then on to Kingman then Vegas. Usually this is snow-free but watch the weather closely.

I have driven all of these routes in winter and summer and they are all scenic but different scenery. In winter, I recommend the southern-most route for your rig. Go down I-35 to I-35W at Denton, TX to I-820, west on I-820 to I-30, west to I-20, then west on I-20 and I-10 to Phoenix, etc.

Enjoy your trip and safe travels!
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Old 11-28-2015, 01:41 PM   #13
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There is an RV Park in Golden just off of I-70. It is Dakota Ridge RV Park on 17800 West Colfax. We wintered over there in '95-'96. They are great folks. I would make reservations if you go that route.
Dakota Ridge is pricy but a very well maintained Park. Right off the interstate.
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Old 11-28-2015, 01:57 PM   #14
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Dakota Ridge is pricy but a very well maintained Park. Right off the interstate.
We stayed there in May and it was almost filled up then.

We came through Vail, Co the first of May and there was still snow in the ditches at 11,000 ft. It wouldn't be my choice for the middle of winter towing something.
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Old 11-28-2015, 02:35 PM   #15
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I-70 is scenic Do yourself a huge favor. Do not take it west of Denver on a weekend. The 1st 90 miles are totally congested with ski traffic. Same in summer for that matter with recreation. We get 300+ days of sunshine a year but big snows & cold happen quickly. Bring chains & have a great trip!
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Denver does not have very many RV parks. The one mentioned on Colfax, has changed a lot since 95'-96'. I read a review last summer where people who overnighted there had hookers banging on their doors at midnight. It has turned into a VERY seedy neighborhood. If you belong to Elks, they will let you stay in the parking lot of their lodge in Westminster. The only other place is near Longmont, up I-25. You could also contact RV dealerships in the area. But for as large and well traveled an area, there is nothing in the Denver Metro area really. There may be some places on 70 heading west. I know that Grand Junction has some. There are likely more once you get through Loveland and Vail Passes. If the weather is good, there are several in Moab, just across the Colorado / Utah border that have decent reviews and not very far off of 70. Good luck, if you find any good ones in the Denver area, please post the information.
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Old 11-28-2015, 07:36 PM   #17
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only rv places between denver and grandjunction would be Gypsum , Rifle , and then in
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Actually, there a several more RV park options between Denver and Grand Junction, but I'll let you do your own independant research. Your plan to make a decision based on the weather when you actually arrive in Colorado is sound. I live in Colorado and can honestly tell you that I have ridden my bike every month of every year since 1988. We get storms that bring lots of snow, but more often than not that snow has evaporated within a few days. That's the Colorado cycle, sub-freezing days followed by dry and (relatively) warm days. If you pick a warm/dry spell to do your I-70 west-bound leg, you will be fine. As far as I-70 being scenic, in my opinion it is downright beautiful WHEN compared to most other interstate highways.Just be smart, aware, and informed. Even Arizona can turn into an artic mess at times.
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Denver does not have very many RV parks. The one mentioned on Colfax, has changed a lot since 95'-96'. I read a review last summer where people who overnighted there had hookers banging on their doors at midnight. It has turned into a VERY seedy neighborhood. If you belong to Elks, they will let you stay in the parking lot of their lodge in Westminster. The only other place is near Longmont, up I-25. You could also contact RV dealerships in the area. But for as large and well traveled an area, there is nothing in the Denver Metro area really. There may be some places on 70 heading west. I know that Grand Junction has some. There are likely more once you get through Loveland and Vail Passes. If the weather is good, there are several in Moab, just across the Colorado / Utah border that have decent reviews and not very far off of 70. Good luck, if you find any good ones in the Denver area, please post the information.

The review you read is more than likely BS. We stayed at Dakota Ridge last summer and I can tell you first hand the neighborhood is NOT seedy and the park is exceptional. Your reply is kin to my 3rd cousins sisters friend told me!!
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Chief Hosa Lodge and Campground just west of Genessee which is about 20 miles (approximately) west of Golden. Operated by Denver Parks and Recreation. Not as nice as Dakota Ridge but fair priced and another option
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