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Scenery is IMPORTANT.
Towing a 36 foot 5th wheel.

From Moab, Utah to Albuquerque, New Mexico would you recommend going by Durango, Colorado or Shiprock, New Mexico.


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Best scenery route I think would be 191 south out of Moab to 46 (La Sal) to 90 (road name changes as you cross the Utah Colorado border) to 141 in Naturita to 145 just east of Naturita to 62 at Placerville to 550 in Ridgeway then 550 through Ouray, Silverton, Durango, Aztec, Bloomfield, Cuba into Bernalillo and into Albq.

46,90,141, 145 is going to be pretty remote stuff but iirc correctly road is lightly traveled but ok. 62/550 puts you out just north of Ouray in Ridgewaythen the infamous US 550 Million Dollar Highway that many people are scared of but the road is fine the speed is slow.

You will not beat that route for scenery, though there are other routes that are scenic


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I don't know when you're planning to go, but be careful during the pandemic when you plot your course. Steer clear of the tribal highways. Most of them are roadblocked to prevent transmission from/to outsiders.

There are plenty of gorgeous roadways to pick from though.


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TenOC wrote:

Scenery is IMPORTANT.
Towing a 36 foot 5th wheel.

From Moab, Utah to Albuquerque, New Mexico would you recommend going by Durango, Colorado or Shiprock, New Mexico.


Look this over - gets you into the San Juan's and Lizard Head Then on down to Albuquerque.

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When do you plan to make this trip, TenOC?

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Eastern route through Durango if you want scenery.

Shiprock is nice, then US-550 is mostly dry high scrub. It has its own beauty, but I like trees and high skylines of mountains.

The most interesting thing I saw on 550 between Rio Rancho and Farmington last time we drove was a 25' wide, 50' long house boat headed to Lake Powell, with like ten escort vehicles.

However, Chaco Culture National Historical Monument was an amazing place. But the absolutely roughest road on the planet for almost 10 miles to get there from 550. Took almost an hour and a half to cover the route - each way total travel time almost three hours. Just bare rock in places.

You will use more fuel, have steeper grades, need to watch the downhill gearing and brakes going through Durango, even if you bypass the Million Dollar Highway through Ouray and by Silverton.

One day trip, Shiprock, Farmington, ABQ.

Two, better three days driving - Durango and east through Pagosa Springs then south.


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dedmiston wrote:

When do you plan to make this trip, TenOC?


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550 from Ouray to Durango is an incredible trip for scenery. But if you or anyone with you has a problem with heights, narrow highways, and steep drops off the side (and many do) I would not recommend it. It would be a very stressful and unpleasant trip.

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BB_TX wrote:

550 from Ouray to Durango is an incredible trip for scenery. But if you or anyone with you has a problem with heights, narrow highways, and steep drops off the side (and many do) I would not recommend it. It would be a very stressful and unpleasant trip.


I have driven the Moki Dugway highway in UT with no problem which is dirt. I think a US highway will be OK

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BB_TX wrote:

550 from Ouray to Durango is an incredible trip for scenery. But if you or anyone with you has a problem with heights, narrow highways, and steep drops off the side (and many do) I would not recommend it. It would be a very stressful and unpleasant trip.


Driven it by car would not pull the fiver over it. Knowing my wife I would probably just run off the road so I wouldn't need to hear her directing my driving from the passenger seat.


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