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Old 11-27-2015, 04:39 PM   #1
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I 70 through Denver and Rockies in January

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?
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Old 11-27-2015, 04:58 PM   #2
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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?
Sure it's doable, just watch the weather. Who told you 70 was scenic?....
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Old 11-27-2015, 05:10 PM   #3
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Based on the signs that we saw, it seems like you are required to have chains in the vehicle with you during the fall/winter months. I went through there in very early October and didn't have them, but the weather was fine. I'm know I've read of it being closed down a couple of times for foul weather since then (in fact, just a couple of weeks after we went through there).

I can't tell you if it was scenic or not, we left Colorado Springs in the dark and drove to Avon, CO. We didn't really see anything outside of the highway.
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Old 11-27-2015, 05:26 PM   #4
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Chain laws go into effect whenever inclement weather moves in. You can check cotrip.org which will have that info. That site also has access to real time road cameras throughout the state. We use it all the time.

Here is a brochure for chain laws. https://www.codot.gov/library/Brochu...enger-vehicles

Only commercial vehicles are required to carry chains and can be fined for not having them. If the chain law is in effect and you don't have them, expect you will be delayed until the weather improves. Cdot had made a real effort to keep unprepared vehicles off the winter roads since last year, but a modicum of common sense should keep you out of trouble. Just follow the brochure. If it is dumping snow and forecast for some time, a long trip to the south would be wise. It can get bad there too between Denver and Colorado Springs or the Raton area. That is where the cotrip site is fantastic. Just stay on top of the forecasts and you will be fine. It is a scenic drive and worth it. One other thing to avoid is the ski traffic this time of year. Weekend mornings and afternoons can be a bear. Again cotrip can help.

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Old 11-28-2015, 10:27 AM   #5
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I see they have code 15 (4wd or MS tires)and code 16(chains required)alerts. I don't think I will go over we either alerts. I wonder if Denver has any RV parks open all year to wait things out.
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Yep, I wouldn't be towing our 5ver up there today.

Several sites are open year round here. Rvparking.com has a good list but needs some updating for websites.

Two of my fav choices that I used to use for shakedown trips or close spots were cherry creek and chatfield state parks. Both are run by the state and advertise year round spots. Just checked chatfield and it has electric and sewer hooks ups only. Water at the individual sites has been winterized but potable water is available at the rv dump which is open year round too. Cherry creek is the newer campground but is on the east side of town. Chatfield is closer to the mountains. Both parks are right next to highways for easy driving. No plodding through downtown Denver. Only drawback to both being state parks is that you have to get a daily parks pass. Clean sites tho.
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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?

Non commercial required to have adequate tires. what ever that means .
you'll need 4wd in januray you can expect bad weather , even if no snow is forecast you will have black ice to deal with . also they use calcium chloride
on the roads for de-icer it is very corrosive along with cinder chips so cracked windows are very common in Co . i would find another route i would not like pulling my rig over the passes in winter not because of road conditions but because of the rocks and calcium chloride never head up the mountains on a saturday as it will take 3 times as long as all the weekenders are heading up to ski .
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I live in Denver area, avoid I70 on weekends and Fridays, traffic is very heavy during ski season. Last week it was closed down both directions to to snow and minor accidents. Plan about 3 hrs to get from Denver to Dillon in a MH (that's where the tunnel is). Good luck keep warm.
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I see they have code 15 (4wd or MS tires)and code 16(chains required)alerts. I don't think I will go over we either alerts. I wonder if Denver has any RV parks open all year to wait things out.
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.
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Old 11-28-2015, 11:54 AM   #10
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Thanks for the info. I checked my motorhome tires and they are mud and snow rated so ok for code 15. Checked out the COTRIP site which shows a code 15 alert on I 70 today. We will head toward Denver in January and then make a last minute decision to go West or South depending on the conditions. I am always up for an adventure but not a dangerous one.
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