We tend to go through Dallas on the way to Colorado. I stay on Interstate 20 on west to just past Abilene, then cut north to Lubbock, Amarillo, Dalhart, Clayton NM and on to Raton, then north on Interstate 25. Some folks like to cut north west from Dallas to go to Wichita Falls and on to Colorado but I find less traffic the way we go, usually once or twice a year.
I suspect if I lived or was in the northwest part of Dallas, I might just head on up Hwy 287 but since we are always coming into Dallas from the SE, I just stay south of town as much as possible on I 20. A few years back I cut off on the SE side of town and took the bypass to Interstate 35E and north to Okie City and west to Amarillo. Bad decision on my part, the traffic was at a stand still for much of the time on the bypass and the roads in Oklahoma were horrible at that time. ( I am an Ozark American, formerly referred to as an Okie)
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We are just north of Dallas and have gone to south central Colorado every summer for the last 7 years towing our 5er. Our preferred route is US 287 to I-40 at Amarillo, I-40 west to Vega, US 385 north meeting US 87 at Hartley, US 87 thru Dalhart and Clayton to I-25 at Raton, and north on I-25. We turn off at Walsenburg just a little ways south of Colorado Springs.
You can also take Loop 335 from I-40 in Amarillo, loop around the north east side of Amarillo to US 287, then north to Dumas, then US 87 west toward Hartley, and on to Raton.
I prefer the first route as there are virtually no slow downs for Amarillo or Dumas.
Only pass is Raton Pass and that is not bad at all.
What about taking FM 1061 out of Amarillo to connect with hwy 385? Saves about 20 miles and looks like a good road. Is it not?
Don't mean to hijack, but I'm headed to CS in July.
According to google maps, that route is 3 miles shorter than the Dumas route and 14 miles shorter than the Vega route. And again according to google maps, it actually takes longer.
We took that route last year, going and coming. Not too bad. Not as smooth as the other routes. And highway is narrower, more curves, and no shoulders. Speed limits are lower in some parts along with the curves so you lose some of the time you may gain from the shorter distance. But still not bad for a change of scenery if you have been thru there as many times as we have.
We often overnight at an Fort Amarillo RV park at the western edge of Amarillo, making the Vega route even better for us.