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Old 06-29-2011, 09:06 PM   #1
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I'm looking for your thoughts on best route from Austin to Durango area, and then other ideas about where to go in Colorado to BEAT THE HEAT!
We're burning up down here. Unfortunately we only have about 2 weeks for this trip sometime after July 15th. Thanks in advance for your ideas.
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Old 06-29-2011, 09:48 PM   #2
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I'm leaving Nacogdoches, TX this coming Saturday, July 2nd for Ouray Colorado. Highs in the mid to upper 70's, lows in the low 50's to upper 40's. Ouray is about 2 hours north of Durango. I have reservations at Ridgeway State Park. Will be gone about 16 days then have to get back home. You'll probably find many ways to go from Austin but I would take 35 to Ft Worth. 287 North to Amarillo. 40 to Albuquerque, then US 550 North to Durango. Have a good trip!
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OMG, you could a CONvoy...!
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For Durango, your best (least mountainous) route is to hit ABQ, then north to 550 and on to Durango.

But Durango, while beautiful, is also a bit warm due to its relatively low elevation (6,512 ft.). I'd head for higher elevations. How about, say, Gunnison (7,700 ft.) or Creede (8,799 ft.)?


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I'm looking for your thoughts on best route from Austin to Durango area, and then other ideas about where to go in Colorado to BEAT THE HEAT!
We're burning up down here. Unfortunately we only have about 2 weeks for this trip sometime after July 15th. Thanks in advance for your ideas.
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Old 06-29-2011, 11:01 PM   #5
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I'm looking for your thoughts on best route from Austin to Durango area, and then other ideas about where to go in Colorado to BEAT THE HEAT!
We're burning up down here. Unfortunately we only have about 2 weeks for this trip sometime after July 15th. Thanks in advance for your ideas.
I would probably go to Brady and take 87 until you get to Lamesa, Texas then 137 to Bownfield, 385 to Littlefield and pick up US 84 go to Clovis NM, Santa Rosa turn west on I 40 until you get to Cline's Corner and turn right to 285 to Santa Fe 84 to Pagosa Springs. There are some nice campgrounds at the base of Wolf Creek Pass its about 16 miles toward the pass or you can head to Durango Its about an hours drive. There are nice campgrounds at Vallecito Reservoir at Bloomfield north on 501.

Another route would be to go to Brownwood, to Abilene to Lubbock. Brownwood and Abilene are somewhat slow to get through then its Interstate of divided hwy to Lubbock. I have found its faster to go the back roads. You might get better fuel prices going through Brownwood. There is a Flying J west of Abilene a few miles and another one in Lubbock.
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Old 06-30-2011, 12:14 AM   #6
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We are in Gunnison, the weather is great. At Tall Texan Campground for a month. We were in Bayfield,CO atBayfield Pine River RV. Bayfield is a nice town east of Durango by 17 miles. It's in between Pagosa Springs and Durango. It seemed to be about 5 degrees cooler than Durango while there.
If you head north on 550 after Durango towards Ouray, keep in mind you have 3 passes to cross at 11,000' + -
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Sounds like there needs to be a July rally "Beat the Heat" we too are looking to head to Colorado somewhere between Durango and Wolf Creek Pass to get away from the Texas heat. We plan to head out around the second week of July. Looking for Highs in the 70's Lows in the 40's. Hope to see some of you around!
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Old 06-30-2011, 06:43 AM   #8
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That sounds like a great rally! We are headed that way this morning! We will be stopping at Palo Duro canyon SP, then on to ABQ and up 550 to Durango. We'll keep moving higher until it is cool enough!
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Palo Duro must be pretty warm about now.
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wow looks like all of texas is making a run for colorado right now...never seen that before!! lol. you're definitely going to have to get high if you want to beat the heat or stay low and go with flow..find yourself a river to float
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Man we should have planned this out........would have been a heck of a aluminum convoy.
For those of you who find great campgrounds with cool weather please give us a PM or post seein how we will be about two weeks behind.
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One of the main reasons we left Texas for high country! You just can't beat ~40 at night and high 70s during the day!

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wow looks like all of texas is making a run for colorado right now...never seen that before!! lol. you're definitely going to have to get high if you want to beat the heat or stay low and go with flow..find yourself a river to float
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We'll be up at around 7300 ft. in about six weeks. I'm looking at sea level out the patio window right now, and it's 83 here.....so it's manageable.
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Palo Duro and the high country

I'm sure it is hot as can be there. But it is hot here at the house too. Supposed to be 102 here today. Just couldn't drive past the second largest canyon in America without visiting!

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When we lived in CO about 18 years ago, every time we were in a traffic jam going up a mountain there was ALWAYS a Texan in a MOHO or towing a trailer crawling up the mountain! It used to make me so angry. Now I get to be THAT guy!
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