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Posted: 02/03/21 11:14am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Going from Ouray to Durango over Red Mountain, Molas, and Coal Bank Pass on 550 with a 36 ft 5er is not intelligent. For scenery go through Telluride on 145,then down to 160 at Cortez then over to Pagosa Springs before turning south on 84. If that is not enough mountains for you then take 64 over to Tres Piedras to 285 south again to 84.

I personally refer the dry desert rock cliffs scenery from Cortez to 550 south of Bloomfield and the 4 lane down to Albuquerque.


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First, I think you can handle 550 out of Ouray, based on the kinds of places you've been. We did it a few times with a small trailer -- piece of cake.

Second, if possible, spend some time in Silverton -- this blog post may be of interest:

Silverton area


Third, we took the scenic route from Durango to New Mexico. We took 160 from Durango to Pagosa Springs, and then 84 south to 64 to Taos. Beautiful country, and the roads were not bad at all. I am sure this is not the fastest route, but it was a great drive.

We spent time in Taos and Santa Fe -- this blog post might be of interest:

Taos and Santa Fe areas

The food in Taos and Santa Fe is amazing. It was life-changing, for me -- I had never had salsa roja made from roasted red peppers, without tomatoes. After we got home, I worked on perfecting my New Mexico red sauce recipe -- very laborious, but we now serve it with barbecued/smoked foods all the time.


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Heading south out of Pagosa Springs toward New Mexico on 84 means you'd miss Wolf Creek Pass. I don't know if that's a good thing or not. [emoticon]

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Heading south out of Pagosa Springs toward New Mexico on 84 means you'd miss Wolf Creek Pass


I don't mind Wolf Creek Pass as I have towed over it several times. BUT . . . the drive on 84 from Pagosa Springs in a beautiful drive, and it is the one I would choose.





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