EPDM Coatings
rvupgradestore.com Composet Products Custom Yacht Interiors

Author Topic: Monument Valley UT to Colorado Springs  (Read 362 times)

Scott104

  • Posts: 4
Monument Valley UT to Colorado Springs
« on: August 26, 2017, 01:19:38 PM »
We are new campers. Purchased a gently used fifth wheel in May. We have spent a few summer weekends at local campgrounds to get acclimated. This fall we are planning a trip to AZ, UT, and CO. When traveling east from Monument Valley, UT to Colorado Springs, RV Trip Wizard shows a pretty curvy route. Is this easily driven with a fifth wheel? I am sure experienced members can let me know what to expect.

SeilerBird

  • ---
  • Posts: 11008
  • Everything I state is my opinion.
Re: Monument Valley UT to Colorado Springs
« Reply #1 on: August 26, 2017, 01:23:41 PM »
I have driven it in a large class A. Not too bad but not great either. If you are experienced and your truck is not overloaded then you will be ok if you drive slow. However to get from MV to CS there is no easy route. You are crossing the Rockies going west to east and you must do a lot of climbing.
I would like to apologize to anyone I have not yet offended. Please be patient and I will get to you shortly.
My new Pixel camera:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/rMSw5eVkCfKuuEOP2
My portfolio:
https://goo.gl/photos/Cx4SaYhGfYFShSty7
My Grand Canyon shots:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/Nc1AT8tQp25wJwfm1

Scott104

  • Posts: 4
Re: Monument Valley UT to Colorado Springs
« Reply #2 on: August 26, 2017, 01:48:47 PM »
Thanks for the information. Can the trip be made in 9 hours? It's around 475 miles.

SeilerBird

  • ---
  • Posts: 11008
  • Everything I state is my opinion.
Re: Monument Valley UT to Colorado Springs
« Reply #3 on: August 26, 2017, 02:31:01 PM »
Thanks for the information. Can the trip be made in 9 hours? It's around 475 miles.
Not a chance. That would be averaging 53 miles per hour. You will be lucky to average 40.
I would like to apologize to anyone I have not yet offended. Please be patient and I will get to you shortly.
My new Pixel camera:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/rMSw5eVkCfKuuEOP2
My portfolio:
https://goo.gl/photos/Cx4SaYhGfYFShSty7
My Grand Canyon shots:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/Nc1AT8tQp25wJwfm1

AStravelers

  • ---
  • Posts: 693
  • Part time travelers, 4-8 months each year.
Re: Monument Valley UT to Colorado Springs
« Reply #4 on: August 26, 2017, 04:49:23 PM »
Yep, you will be lucky to average 40mph for the entire trip, including bathroom, lunch & fuel stops.  An estimate would be between 35 & 40 mph.  Trying to drive the 480 miles in one 12-14 hour trip is going to be extremely tiring.  Much better to make it an overnight--2 day drive.

You will have one pretty steep climb and drop going over Wolf Creek Pass, between Pagosa Springs and South Fork.  The pass is not a bad drive, but if this is your first mountain climb and decent, go slow and careful. 
Al & Sharon
2006 Winnebago Sightseer 29R
2009 Chevy Colorado 4X4

http://downtheroadaroundthebend.blogspot.com/

SeilerBird

  • ---
  • Posts: 11008
  • Everything I state is my opinion.
Re: Monument Valley UT to Colorado Springs
« Reply #5 on: August 26, 2017, 04:55:58 PM »
...but if this is your first mountain climb and decent, go slow and careful.
If this is your 500th mountain climb and decent, go slow and careful. 8)
I would like to apologize to anyone I have not yet offended. Please be patient and I will get to you shortly.
My new Pixel camera:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/rMSw5eVkCfKuuEOP2
My portfolio:
https://goo.gl/photos/Cx4SaYhGfYFShSty7
My Grand Canyon shots:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/Nc1AT8tQp25wJwfm1

ArdraF

  • ---
  • Posts: 9785
Re: Monument Valley UT to Colorado Springs
« Reply #6 on: August 26, 2017, 06:20:37 PM »
I wonder if it wouldn't be better to take US 64 across the top of New Mexico, starting at Farmington.  It isn't all that much longer but I don't know about the road or elevation changes.  The OP did say he's new to RVing.  We've taken 64 across to Texas and it was okay.

ArdraF
« Last Edit: August 26, 2017, 06:22:16 PM by ArdraF »
ArdraF
:D :D

SeilerBird

  • ---
  • Posts: 11008
  • Everything I state is my opinion.
Re: Monument Valley UT to Colorado Springs
« Reply #7 on: August 26, 2017, 06:23:27 PM »
I wonder if it wouldn't be better to take US 64 across the top of New Mexico, starting at Farmington.  It isn't all that much longer but I don't know about the road or elevation changes.  The OP did say he's new to RVing.  We've taken 64 across to Texas and it was okay.
It is only about twenty miles more but the same elevations.

https://www.google.com/maps/dir/Monument+Valley+UT/Colorado+Springs/@37.8453231,-109.7345142,7z/data=!3m1!4b1!4m14!4m13!1m5!1m1!1s0x87372f52a255883f:0x3917265594ee6825!2m2!1d-110.1734785!2d37.0042454!1m5!1m1!1s0x8713412ea1e6d22b:0x418eeb92f5e86b13!2m2!1d-104.8213634!2d38.8338816!3e1
I would like to apologize to anyone I have not yet offended. Please be patient and I will get to you shortly.
My new Pixel camera:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/rMSw5eVkCfKuuEOP2
My portfolio:
https://goo.gl/photos/Cx4SaYhGfYFShSty7
My Grand Canyon shots:
https://photos.app.goo.gl/Nc1AT8tQp25wJwfm1

taoshum

  • ---
  • Posts: 2565
Re: Monument Valley UT to Colorado Springs
« Reply #8 on: August 26, 2017, 08:45:53 PM »
I wonder if it wouldn't be better to take US 64 across the top of New Mexico, starting at Farmington.  It isn't all that much longer but I don't know about the road or elevation changes.  The OP did say he's new to RVing.  We've taken 64 across to Texas and it was okay.

ArdraF

US64 from Farmington to I-25 in eastern NM goes over a 10,800 ft pass just east of Tierra Amarillo.  West of T. Amarillo it is a tight two lane road thru the Jicarilla Apache lands.  I'd recommend US 160 from Cortez to Pagosa Springs, Co and then make some inquiries about Wolf Creek Pass versus the pass east of T. Amarillo.  We always go via US64 from Pagosa since we live in Taos but US160 via Wolf Ck Pass is much shorter going to CS.  The other option is to swing north through Moab to I70, then east via Denver to CS.  Probably longer but most of it is interstate 4 lane.  There are very few services on US64 east of Farmington.  There are fuel stations in Dulce, Chama and Taos.  If you choose to take US64, when you get to Taos, go north on Hiway 522 to Ft Garland, then east to I25 on US160.  BTW, US64 east of Taos has literally hundreds of tight twisty turns before you reach Cimarron... US160 would be much better east of Alamosa.  300 miles of this stuff at an average of 30-40mph is 9-10 hours with no stops.
07 Itasca Meridian 34SH.  '08 Jeep Sahara.
Taos, NM.

ArdraF

  • ---
  • Posts: 9785
Re: Monument Valley UT to Colorado Springs
« Reply #9 on: August 27, 2017, 04:54:59 PM »
I knew someone would have better knowledge about the US64 road than me!  Thanks for a good explanation.

Monument Valley to Crescent Junction UT (where it meets I-70) is 219 miles of mostly two lane roads,  From Crescent Junction to Denver is 323 miles but it's freeway all the way, nevertheless slow going over the mountain with an 11,000+ foot elevation at Eisenhower Tunnel.  It's also freeway from Denver to Colorado Springs, so that might be a good option because of being mostly freeway.  Anyway you look at it, it will be one long driving day!

ArdraF
ArdraF
:D :D

AStravelers

  • ---
  • Posts: 693
  • Part time travelers, 4-8 months each year.
Re: Monument Valley UT to Colorado Springs
« Reply #10 on: September 01, 2017, 09:11:36 PM »
We are new campers. Purchased a gently used fifth wheel in May. We have spent a few summer weekends at local campgrounds to get acclimated. This fall we are planning a trip to AZ, UT, and CO. When traveling east from Monument Valley, UT to Colorado Springs, RV Trip Wizard shows a pretty curvy route. Is this easily driven with a fifth wheel? I am sure experienced members can let me know what to expect.
You say you are going to take this route in the "fall".  Assuming you mean 2-4 weeks or more from now, is there some reason you MUST make this a one day drive?  An overnight 2 day drive is much safer, not to mention more enjoyable.  Is there NO way to make this a 2-3 day drive?

Going via I-70 takes this from a 480 mile drive to a 560 mile drive.  Trying to do either of these in a single day in an RV is really, really tough.  It is no fun, but doable in a car, but not a truck pulling a 5th wheel.
Al & Sharon
2006 Winnebago Sightseer 29R
2009 Chevy Colorado 4X4

http://downtheroadaroundthebend.blogspot.com/

azwinne

  • ---
  • Posts: 137
Re: Monument Valley UT to Colorado Springs
« Reply #11 on: September 02, 2017, 09:32:57 PM »
We just went from Colorado Springs to Durango then to Cortez a couple of weeks ago. We went from Colorado Springs down I-25 to Walsenburg(sp?) and caught 160 to Durango, I believe that Wolf Creek Pass is about 11,000 feet, but I missed seering the elevation signs.
Our class C pulling our 4 door Jeep went over the pass at about 33 to 35 MPH at the slowest. Good road.  It took about 6 or 7 hours to get to Durango. Long enough for a one day trip.
Tom
2006 Winnebago 31C
2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara
Retired industrial/commercial electrician
WN7E

LarsMac

  • ---
  • Posts: 409
  • Larry and Margo With Ami the Chi-cha
Re: Monument Valley UT to Colorado Springs
« Reply #12 on: September 02, 2017, 09:38:49 PM »
That is a really nice three day drive (Monument Valley to CO Springs)
A tough 2-day drive.
A nearly impossible 1 day drive.
2000 Itasca Sundancer 430V
2007 Saturn Vue

If you lose your sense of humor, it's just not funny anymore. - Wavy Gravy

AStravelers

  • ---
  • Posts: 693
  • Part time travelers, 4-8 months each year.
Re: Monument Valley UT to Colorado Springs
« Reply #13 on: September 04, 2017, 08:32:21 PM »
We just went from Colorado Springs to Durango then to Cortez a couple of weeks ago. We went from Colorado Springs down I-25 to Walsenburg(sp?) and caught 160 to Durango, I believe that Wolf Creek Pass is about 11,000 feet, but I missed seering the elevation signs.
Our class C pulling our 4 door Jeep went over the pass at about 33 to 35 MPH at the slowest. Good road.  It took about 6 or 7 hours to get to Durango. Long enough for a one day trip.
My computer map shows Colorado Springs to Durango as 311 miles.  Averaging 50 mph with fuel, restroom and lunch stops on this route is moving very fast, that would be 6 hours.  At 7 hours that is 45 mph average, sill moving very quickly. 

I don't drive that fast on roads like that. 
Al & Sharon
2006 Winnebago Sightseer 29R
2009 Chevy Colorado 4X4

http://downtheroadaroundthebend.blogspot.com/

azwinne

  • ---
  • Posts: 137
Re: Monument Valley UT to Colorado Springs
« Reply #14 on: September 05, 2017, 09:01:32 AM »
My computer map shows Colorado Springs to Durango as 311 miles.  Averaging 50 mph with fuel, restroom and lunch stops on this route is moving very fast, that would be 6 hours.  At 7 hours that is 45 mph average, sill moving very quickly. 

I don't drive that fast on roads like that.
Well no lunch stops, only a fast fuel stop and a quick restroom stop. Other than some two lane sections it is a pretty good road.
I used to do a lot of 500 mile days, but those were mostly on the intrerstate routes. Not in such as hurry these days. Longest trip with the RV some years back was 582 miles on I-40, but no more.
Tom
2006 Winnebago 31C
2013 Jeep Wrangler Unlimited Sahara
Retired industrial/commercial electrician
WN7E

 

Hosted by Over The Network