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Posted: 08/11/21 12:56pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

CDOT reporting to hopefully have some access through the canyon...
I'm sure there will still be some back-ups and always for potential for re-closure, but a step in the right direction.

Saturday afternoon target for reopening Glenwood Canyon one lane each direction

https://www.postindependent.com/news/saturday-afternoon-target-for-reopening-glenwood-canyon-to-one-lane-each-direction/

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* This post was edited 08/11/21 01:25pm by d3500ram *

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Thank you for posting but the link didn't work for me. We have a trip planned to Bryce Canyon Labor Day coming from Indiana. I don't know which way scares me most driving I-70 if they open it or Hwy 50 as the alternate route. Can anyone enlighten me on how 50 is with a motor home? Or if and when 70 opens and how it is, I'm a little afraid of heights.


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You might not be too happy on 50. Monarch is a long, slow, mountain climb going West to summit and a shorter, steeper, mountain decent once you top-over. Also there may still be some construction delays on 50. I don't know what their schedule is.

There is nothing inherently dangerous about it and there are pullovers to catch your breath. Thousands of RVers do it each year. We prefer it because we avoid Interstates, and it is the easiest way to get to Montrose. We have done it 4 or 5 times in each direction with a 35 foot fiver behind a 3500 Diesel.

If 70 is open, it will be backed up, but an easier drive. Your other option is to go into Utah through Wyoming. Maybe at Vernal. (see Dinosaur NM).

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Thank you so much Allworth for the information. This may be a trip that just scares me to death coming and going. We have horseback rides booked in Bryce Canyon, I'm pretty sure by the videos it's not flat. Thankfully we are not taking horses but I get to worry about them at home while trying to enjoy vacation. Also going with a group may help, another couple in a MH and 2 flying. I'm sure there will be some interesting stories to tell after this. I wouldn't want to get on a plane anytime soon. However this seems like a really long trip even before the mudslide and road closure.

Please any info and updates on the road is sure welcome.

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Is 50 reopened? I understood it was closed from Gunnison west, except for an hour or so mid afternoon and another short time period in the evening. Check the CDOT site for accurate info.

You may want to drop down to 550 across to Cortez. That's the way we took coming east from Bryce.


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Personally I prefer US50 to I70 when towing to Montrose every year. From Denver I70 west is 65 miles of pulling up to the tunnels and then 8 miles downhill to Silverthorne. Then a short fairly level stretch and then uphill to Vail Pass and a hard downhill to Vail. By Labor Day who knows what to expect in Glenwood Canyon. Hopefully it will remain open but with only 3 weeks to make repairs it could only be 1 lane in each direction minimally.
US50 can be reached from Denver on US285. It is mostly 2 lane highway with some pulls out of Denver and then some short pulls 'till Kenosha Pass which I find easy as it is only about a 4 mile pull. Then it is a pretty easy run 'till Poncha Springs where you pick up US50. Then it is 2 lanes until the pull starts up Monarch but there are 2 lanes uphill for much of the pull and and it is only 4-5 miles to the summit I believe. Downhill isn't too hard if geared down.
The only issue with US50 is if they begin the road construction again between Gunnison and Montrose after I70 reopens. If so then they close the road most of the time weekdays and weekends will have heavy traffic.
Since Bryce is your destination I would consider Allworth's suggestion that you consider I80 thru Wyoming and drop into western Colorado to pick up I70 or go into Utah.

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agesilaus wrote:

Is 50 reopened? I understood it was closed from Gunnison west, except for an hour or so mid afternoon and another short time period in the evening. Check the CDOT site for accurate info.

You may want to drop down to 550 across to Cortez. That's the way we took coming east from Bryce.


Construction has been suspended on US50 until I70 reopens.

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RAS43 wrote:

agesilaus wrote:

Is 50 reopened? I understood it was closed from Gunnison west, except for an hour or so mid afternoon and another short time period in the evening. Check the CDOT site for accurate info.

You may want to drop down to 550 across to Cortez. That's the way we took coming east from Bryce.


Construction has been suspended on US50 until I70 reopens.


Well that is remarkably sensible for the government.

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agesilaus wrote:

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Well that is remarkably sensible for the government.


But don't you want a road that safer for "large slow moving recreational vehicles"?

From the US50 Blue Canyon project page:

https://www.us50info.com/faq wrote:

Between 2000 and 2018, 230 crashes have occurred in this area with 67 injuries, 156 instances of property damage, and eight fatalities. This, coupled with the fact it can be hard to negotiate large, slow-moving recreation vehicles and trucks through the canyon, makes the canyon a challenging driving environment for everyone. This project is designed to make the canyon safer and improve the driving experience between Gunnison and Montrose.



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But don't you want a road that safer for "large slow moving recreational vehicles"?


This quote from the Project Page relates to the long range purpose of the work on US 50. Of course most of us would want that. The "pause" in the project relates to the immediate need for an alternate east/west route to I-70, which makes good sense.

I have towed over Monarch many times over the years and consider it to be one of the easier major passes in Colorado. It has adequate opportunities for autos to pass slower moving larger vehicles including our RVs.





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