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Author Topic: Travel from Oklahoma through Denver to Portland, OR  (Read 258 times)

artashton

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Travel from Oklahoma through Denver to Portland, OR
« on: March 27, 2017, 11:31:24 PM »
We have a 2017 24' Forest River Surveyor. We want to come back to Washington State Oklahoma through Denver to Portland by the northern route. Anybody recommend the best way pulling a trailer. Which roads have the easiest up and down hills to navigate?

AStravelers

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Re: Travel from Oklahoma through Denver to Portland, OR
« Reply #1 on: March 28, 2017, 08:52:05 AM »
What part of OK are you starting from? 

In general you don't want to take I-70 west of Denver.  Lots of fairly steep climbs.  They are not really bad, thousands and thousands of RV'ers drive that section of I-70 each year.   

Head north to I-80 and west to I-84 is probably the fastest and easiest route. 

A more scenic, but slower route, is to take I-40 to Gallup, NM, then north to Cortez, CO, Moab & Green River, UT then US-6 to Price, UT and on to Salt Lake City.   Some two lane roads.  There is a bit of a hill climb, but nothing bad, from Price to I-15 at Provo, UT.  This route also gets you away from the mad house traffic mess in Denver. 
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LarsMac

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Re: Travel from Oklahoma through Denver to Portland, OR
« Reply #2 on: March 28, 2017, 10:05:08 AM »
Depending on where you are starting in OK, and whether you truly wish to go through Denver, a number of routes are available.
Assuming Denver is a way-point for you, I recommend making your way to US 412, and heading west to Boise City, then north on US-287 to I-70 at Limon.
Once you are through with Denver, head north to I-80 as ASTravelers recommends.
I-70 west from Denver has some great scenery and all, but it also has heavy traffic, High, heavy climbs and can be more "interesting" than some would like. However a stop in Glenwood Springs for a day or two would make it worth the hassle. Then west to Green River Utah and follow US-6 into the Salt Lake Region. 
If you want to avoid Denver Metro Area, and I-70 through the Mountains, At Limon, take C-71 North to Brush, and then US-34 to Greeley, then US-85 to Cheyenne.

I also like ASTravelers' suggestion for the Southern route, as well.

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jubileee

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Re: Travel from Oklahoma through Denver to Portland, OR
« Reply #3 on: March 28, 2017, 06:31:23 PM »
If you decide to take 71 from Limon, CO. To Brush, I suggest you just stay on 71 to I80 at Kimball, Ne. Miss all Greeley,Co. traffic and US85 is under construction and will be until Nov 2017.

 

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