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Old 09-18-2019, 07:06 PM   #1
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Hwy 287 from Laramie to FT Collins

Looking at this as a short cut vs 80 then 25.

Driving 36 ft MH plus towing vehicle.

Is 287 a good alternative or should I just stay on 80 then take 25?

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Old 09-18-2019, 07:09 PM   #2
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I had that chance last year and my granddaughter, a senior at CSU, said "DON'T". So I took her word and just went via 25.

Sorry, I know that's 3rd hand info.......but she is Uber Smart, and has a car, and I listened to her.
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We've taken our 30' fifth wheel and followed our friend with his 35' fifth wheel towing a side by side on a trailer behind it, about 60' total, on 287 from Denver to Laramie and back several times. We sometimes have taken the Owl Canyon road (CO Rd 72 to CO Rd 70) cut over from 287 to I25 north of Ft Collins instead of going through Ft Collins CO f traffic is bad. Owl Canyon is a county dirt road for about 5 miles, but ok if you go slow. Tractor trailers use it all the time.

287 is a 2 lane highway, 65 mph speed limit. No major hills and plenty of passing lanes. Sometimes the wind blows bad between Laramie and the CO border, but that's Wyoming. Driving up I 70 to the mountains or Monarch Pass on Hwy 50 are 10x worse than 287.

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Old 09-19-2019, 08:35 AM   #4
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Thanks for the input.

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Old 09-19-2019, 01:24 PM   #5
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It's actually a very pretty scenic drive ... up towards the Wyoming border it opens in to divided 4 lane. At this time of year, it's a great drive. In the winter, not so much. WICKED winds, driving snow and limited visibility.
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Old 09-19-2019, 01:42 PM   #6
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Looking at this as a short cut vs 80 then 25.

Driving 36 ft MH plus towing vehicle.

Is 287 a good alternative or should I just stay on 80 then take 25?

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Wife just checked. Nothing to worry about as of 19 Sept '19. Dosen't look like any construction going south. She uses Wyoming roads.com and Colorado roads.com. Happy driving!
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Old 09-19-2019, 01:43 PM   #7
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Don't let anyone say not to go US 287. It is scenic, historic and safe. In WY some is 4 lane and 70 mph. Easy pull up hills, rest area in summer in WY. Go 287.
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Pretty drive, no problems with our 36’ Cardinal.
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Old 09-19-2019, 03:18 PM   #9
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Unless there was a specific reason we had to take I-25 (winter driving conditons would be a good reason), we'd go 287. -less traffic better scenery.

We were just on 287 headed toward 80 last week. There was no construction, and no notable road damage. It is often used by semis, so you shouldn't have any difficulty with your rig, but it is not as heavily traveled as I-25.

I-25 is often backed up from Wellington (or further north) south to at least the Johnstown exit Highway 60.
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Clearly I'm not going to listen to that granddaughter any more on road info!!! She can stick to higher advanced mathematics and number theory! LOL
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Old 09-19-2019, 07:27 PM   #11
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We have driven 287 from Ft Collins to I-80 in Laramie maybe a half dozen times with our TT and no problems. City traffic in Ft Collins on 287 is OK.


And driving 287 avoids the 8.000 ft pass on I-80 between Laramie and Cheyenne.



(We have driven 287 from above Dallas to Denver area a couple times and it's not bad)


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Old 09-19-2019, 09:06 PM   #12
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We just made that run about 5 days ago and there is absolutely nothing to worry about. it is scenic and no really hard uphill pulls, plenty of turn-outs so go for it.
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Old 09-19-2019, 10:45 PM   #13
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287 always. The only problem area is in Ft. Collins city traffic sometimes.
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Take 287!!

Piece of cake ....
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Old 09-20-2019, 06:32 AM   #15
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Thanks everyone for all the info.

Will take 287 today on way to Denver.

Safe travels.

Consider this post closed.

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It really is a toss up which way you go. It's a little longer to stay on 25, but you don't have to deal with in town traffic and signals so you make up the time it takes to go the extra miles. ( As I recall it's about 16 miles different staying on 25.) There's also a better chance of getting stuck behind a semi on 287. If your looking for the scenic route, 287 is definitely the way to go.
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Old 09-21-2019, 10:31 AM   #17
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Took hwy 287. Nice scenic drive. Yes have to drive through downtown Ft Collins to get on I 25.

Glad I took this route. Thanks for the advice.
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I used to live in CO and took this road several times. Pretty drive and more relaxed than I80/I25. Just make sure your timing is right to avoid traffic in N Ft Collins. During "commute" time it can be frustrating.
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I used to live in Laramie. 287 is a great road.
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