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Old 08-27-2013, 12:40 PM   #1
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Crested Butte to Glenwood Springs CO the back way

We are taking a wandering 2 weeks in southern CO in a few weeks.

I have hunted in the Spring Creek area north of Gunnison several times.

I have crossed Cottonwood Pass towing a fifth wheel, coming in from Buena Vista to the Spring Creek reservoir area.

We want to spend a few days in Glenwood Springs.

Any opinions about taking Co Rd133 and Co Rd 12 from Crested Butte to Glenwood Springs?

We will be there in the middle of September.



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Old 08-27-2013, 12:56 PM   #2
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A lot of CO Rd 12 is a dirt road - it's slow going, but graded (not 4x4). Mid - late September is when we usually get our first snows, pulling a trailer on a dirt road in wet/snowy conditions is not something I would want to do. So if you can be flexible, until you get here and know what the weather is doing when you plan on going there - it is a beautiful drive albeit slow.

CO Rd 12 does close when the weather sets in...check this out if you haven't already.

Good luck!

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Old 08-28-2013, 08:27 AM   #3
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Good ideas from Inside Out.
The only thing I would add is to equip your tow vehicle with mud flaps if you have not already done so.
Towing your Airstream on a gravel road dents up the front. Mud flaps help but do not completely eliminate the problem.
I was born in Colorado and thought I had taken most every road. !2 road is new to me. Post about your experience.
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Old 08-28-2013, 11:17 AM   #4
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I understand about the early snows. I have hunted during the early seasons in the Spring Creek valley and been snowed on.

I crossed Cottonwood pass on a cold and wet September night.

This route is supposed to offer some amazing mountain views and the Aspens should in in full color during our trip.



We will off-grid ready, so if we find a pretty spot we may stop for a bit.

Thanks for the input.

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