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Jim101 04-07-2015 04:26 PM

US80 from Ft. Collins to Salt Lake City...
 
We are getting ready for our first big trip. From Arkansas to Hill AFB in Ogden, UT. Our son and his family have just been relocated there.
We have been for the most part flat land campers, so what are we in for on US80 through Wyoming? We will be leaving mid-May and staying in a campground in Ogden for a month and doing some camping in the National Parks north of Ogden.
We have a 2014 F-150 Crew Cab 4X Ecoboost 6. Our TT is a 2015 Roo 21SS.

Thanks,

Jim

Blackrock 04-08-2015 08:39 AM

I-80 across Wyoming is just miles and miles of nothing. Winding and rolling in places but no real hard pulls. Biggest problem going west bound can be head winds.

Jim101 04-08-2015 12:17 PM

Blackrock,

Thanks for reply, I feel better about making that run through Wyoming now. We were going to go there at the start of April, but I kept reading about all the snow etc. they still get....
Mid-May seems like a better choice..

Thanks again,
Jim

Blackrock 04-09-2015 09:35 PM

Another tip: If you are coming out of Arkansas on I-70 and needing to get up to I-80 try to bypass the Denver mess if you can. I have traveled Rte. 385 north out of Burlington Co. up to Julesberg Co. It is a nice secondary hiway with light traffic, a couple small towns but just wide open prairie.

f5moab 04-10-2015 08:50 AM

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Originally Posted by Blackrock (Post 831242)
Another tip: If you are coming out of Arkansas on I-70 and needing to get up to I-80 try to bypass the Denver mess if you can. I have traveled Rte. 385 north out of Burlington Co. up to Julesberg Co. It is a nice secondary hiway with light traffic, a couple small towns but just wide open prairie.

I would assume you mean I-40?:trink39:

dj3spots 04-10-2015 10:22 AM

The ride on 80 isn't bad at all. Used it this past summer on a trip from West to East coast. It is not called the Loneliest road for nothing. Lots of scenery not a lot of good places to stop. The rest area bathrooms were filthy; use your own if you can and take refreshments. Don't get me wrong, there are places to eat and get gas but I80 is nothing like I95 or I10. Enjoy and stay safe.


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R&J Silverback 04-10-2015 10:43 AM

As I guy that has driven over 4million miles through out US and CA I think I would stay on I40 to Albuquerque, NM north on 25 to us 550 to Shiprock, NM then North to Moab, UT to Price, UT over Soldier summit to I-15 north. to Hill AFB. This is one of the prettiest drives n the country:signhavefun:

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gthomp10 04-10-2015 10:25 PM

I live in Salt Lake City but spent the first 45 years of my life living in Ogden with the jets and cargo planes flying over my house to land at HAFB. My youngest son is a civilian employee at HAFB. He works on the fuel systems on F-16s.
You won't have any problems with I-80. There has been virtually no snow this year in the west other than the tops of the highest mountains. I doubt that you will even be able to see snow on the mountain tops along the way.
The biggest issue is the wind. The wind constantly blows in Wyoming and no matter which direction you're going, you will be facing a head wind.
The scenery is beautiful and there are plenty of cities along the way with commercial campgrounds. You will be driving through BLM land so there are plenty of opportunities for boondocking along the way. Enjoy the drive. I love the drive.

LairdT 04-10-2015 11:10 PM

After living for 31 years in Wyo, I can vouch for lots of wind along Interstate 80, some days worse than others. Check online forecasts, and make sure you have a good anti-sway hitch. If you are going over the pass from I-25 to Laramie on I-80, that stretch of the road has some decent camping spots, esp. at VedauVoo where there is lots of rock climbing, hiking etc. but no electric. Then you will be rested for driving across a part of Wyo that is scenic but not green/mountainous/grassy. Summertime can be very hot & dry, and you do go through the Red Desert. I-80 is also a major truck route so lots of traffic. There are RV camps in the towns along the way, but I would just get it over with because the Utah mountains, in my experience, are a much prettier place to camp. Don't leave your awning out in WYO!


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