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Posted: 06/28/20 02:25pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Which would be the easiest towing a36’ fifth wheel. Monarch pass or Cottonwood pass?
Cottonwood is now paved on the west side into Taylor park


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Posted: 06/28/20 03:15pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Monarch IMO.


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Which would be the easiest towing a36’ fifth wheel. Monarch pass or Cottonwood pass?


The clear answer is: Monarch would definitely be easier for any RV. I would not hesitate to tow my 35' fifth-wheel over Cottonwood Pass, but Monarch is on US 50, has only a few switch-backs near the summit, has wide lanes and many passing lanes. Monarch is a major pass, but not a difficult pass. I consider it routine.

And, BTW, I love Taylor Park and the Taylor drainage. I even loved the old unpaved road down from Cottonwood Pass. We have stayed on Spring Creek many times over the years.

And edit to say, We will be coming through Wichita Falls on Saturday, July 4, on our way to Colorado. That is a well beaten path for us.





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Posted: 06/29/20 04:48pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Thanks for info guys

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We just went over Cottonwood and Monarch passes last Thursday. We just did a day trip to drive the newly paved Cottonwood Pass road. They have done a great job of widening the curves compared to the old gravel road. I wouldn't hesitate to take our fifth wheel over it now. My wife said that she would use it for business trips to Crested Butte instead of Monarch, if she were still working (love that retirement!).

If you need suggestions on routes, campgrounds, or sights in that area, see the US 285 and US 50 posts on my blog HERE.


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