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Posted: 06/18/12 04:11pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Hi! For whatever reason we are going to be up in Seattle early November and we want to make our way back down to Texas.
I was hoping of going through Denver, CO.
How are the roads for driving that time of year?

MapQuest tells me to take I-90, I-82, I-84, I-80 then I-25.

What is your opinion on that?

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Posted: 06/18/12 04:16pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Can't think of a better route. As direct as any, and freeway all the way.

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Posted: 06/18/12 06:33pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Just remember there is a small chance you will need to stop for a day or two if it snows.


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could be 70 degrees, could be two feet of snow
You never know
It always seems to snow on Halloween though in Denver (or close enough)

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I agree with Lone Cowboy. I've lived here in Denver for 12 years now and you just never know. But, they do a great job of keeping the interstate clear. There will be some steep grades to get through but like others have said, all interstate all the way. And besides, Denver is real nice in November, lots of great campgrounds to stay in and you will have no trouble with getting a spot. If you are going to stay in Denver overnight I would recommend Cherry Creek state park. All spots are pull through and all are paved with full hookups including cable and great wifi. By November, you won't have to worry about advance reservations. The park is located in Aurora on the East side of Denver just off Interstate 225. Easy to get in and out of and it will not really take you out of your way. If you would like anymore info about Denver just give me a shout!

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Posted: 06/19/12 12:52pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

LoneCowboy wrote:

could be 70 degrees, could be two feet of snow
You never know
It always seems to snow on Halloween though in Denver (or close enough)

^^^ what he said!


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Posted: 06/19/12 08:04pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We go Denver/Seattle often due to family and often take the route you mention. Be aware that Oregon uses rocks ( 1/2") on their roads during the winter over the eastern mountain passes. As hot as it has been this year, we might not see a winter again, but be aware that rocks that big hit windshields and paint hard. Also, Wyoming can have nasty wind. 60-80 MPH is common in the winter. Of course, there are no real passes in Wyoming along I-80, so it is a quick and easy drive if there is no wind. Just watch the forecast. Also be aware, there is an 80+ mile stretch w/o gas stations. There are warning signs - believe them.

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We came home from Seattle in 2010 in Nov. except we stopped in Portland and took I-84 through the Columbia Gorge with a short side trip to Idaho Falls. We were running from snow the whole way. I used the NOAA weather site for weather info. Last year we took I-5 to Bakersfield and I-40 to Santa Rosa NM and 84 into Lubbock then south through Texas. There are 3 passes on the route that MQ is sending you home. Snoqualmie on I-90, Deadmmans Pass on I-84 and Raton on I-25, all are OK in good weather but in bad????? I leave Seattle the last week in Oct. or !st week in Nov every year. We have gone 3 different routes since we started going. Weather is always the determining factor. Our first trip we went the route MQ gave you it's the fastest and most direct. There's at least one pass to go over to get home from Seattle...Be safe...John


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