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Old 06-24-2016, 10:38 AM   #1
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Moab to Tetons Best Route?

Hi All! Going to Moab & then to Tetons but looking at the map the route goes through the Rockies & I am concerned about the roads & how difficult this will be with a 34 ft trailer. Any info on best route or how hard a drive this may be is greatly appreciated.

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Old 06-24-2016, 10:51 AM   #2
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Hi All! Going to Moab & then to Tetons but looking at the map the route goes through the Rockies & I am concerned about the roads & how difficult this will be with a 34 ft trailer. Any info on best route or how hard a drive this may be is greatly appreciated.

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We towed our 34' the reverse route a few years back, basically HWY 191 if I recall.

From Vernal north it's a real tug, pretty long hills with switch backs but it is a truck route so you can just gear down and chug along.
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Don't know how you are getting to Moab, but there are a lot of mountains between there and Charleston. Anyway, the best route is to take 6 to Provo, UT. At that point you can take 189 to I-80 and avoid Salt Lake traffic or take I-15 to I-80 and have more gradual grades. Turn off on 16/30/89 and follow the ID/WY border all the way to Jackson. Sorry but there is no way to avoid mountain passes.
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If I were traveling between Moab and Jackson towing my 27' Classic, my route would be through Price, Duchesne, Vernal, and Rock Springs (Hwy 191 et. al.) My job takes me to all of those locations; the roads are decent but the grades are present with some switchbacks on the road up from Vernal. There are a couple of nice areas (potential stops) along this route, including Flaming Gorge and Pinedale. Not sure about towing your bigger unit, and certainly the route recommended above through Provo is probably the easiest (but plenty of traffic.)

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Old 06-24-2016, 05:49 PM   #5
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Thanks to all for the recommendations! We are in Denver today but will head to Moab Sunday.

Here's hoping for no white knuckle moments
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Do not take 139 north from Loma to Dinosaur, CO. Really bad road. Bumpy and narrow. There is also an 8200' pass to go over. 191 between Helper and Duchesne is also narrow and rough and has a 9000' + pass to climb. We barely made it to the top going south with our gas powered Suburban.

Go further west or back east to Rifle, Co and north from there into WY.
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There aren't too many options so grit your teeth and be ready for some beautiful scenery and some careful driving.
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CO Passes are part of the fun

Don't be cowed by the stated altitudes of CO passes. Going up, watch your transmission temp; going down, slow and easy. Last year's WBCCI Rocky Mtn Caravan covered this whole area, from Yellowstone down to Curacanti and back to Rocky Mtn NP, including Monarch Pass at 11,314'. Several folks with 30+ trailers had no difficulties. We did the Loma to Dinosaur route and the road was fine. Besides, you'll get to stop at Dinosaur National Mon. and Flaming Gorge SP. The Rifle route is serious backtracking from Moab on 70. But if you do, stop at CO National Monument, spectacular without your trailer, scary with it. Welcome to the top of the lower 48 and enjoy the magnificence of UT and CO.
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I can tell you without any doubt. The road north from Loma is NOT fine. We were there 2 weeks ago. We sustained interior damage to our trailer even traveling at reduced speeds.
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If you enjoy back-of-beyond roads, take HY 191. You go north from Moab, east for a bit on I-70, then north again on HY 6/191. Friends of ours just spent some time in Flaming Gorge, and really liked it, especially the Firehole Canyon campground. (We've driven through but never pulled off the highway.) Jog around Rock Springs, WY, and continue on north to Jackson and the Tetons. If you like dinosaur remains, there's Dinosaur National Monument as a side trip near Vernal, UT.

191 is a bit narrow through Indian Canyon but you should be fine. Lots of people in these parts tow monster 5th wheels.
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So there you have it, a difference of opinion about 191 Loma to Dinosaur. How is your adventurous spirit? All roads in this area are "back-of-beyond" roads, all beautiful. Another possibility is to go west on 70 to UT 10 to Price, UT. Continue north and take a right onto, yes, 191 UT to Vernal. You'll avoid that other, persky 191 yet still be able to take in Dinosaur NM and Flaming Gorge. From Flaming Gorge, I suggest you take the road (Uinita Drive) west of the Green River that takes you to the town of Green River, WY (not UT that's south). It is a more scenic route than take 191 to Rock Springs. From GR you can go east to Rock Springs and take 189 north right into Jackson. Have fun.
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Moab to Tetons Best Route?

So we decided not to go to Moab as the drive between there & Grand Tetons sounded like a difficult drive with a 34ft although we do have a Ram 2500 TV. Opted to stay at Rocky Mtn National Park & headed to Tetons today. Is it best to come into Tetons on 191 or 287?

Thanks for the feedback on Moab. Have decided that is next springs destination &!then south from there.
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Sounds like you're having a great trip.

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Hi Maggie!
We just started but has been great! We saw a herd of elk at 11,000 ft & they were stunning. Yesterday saw a buck lying in the grass in town & today a yearling walked through the RV park. Scott says "hi!".

Headed to Tetons now. When do you head west?
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