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Old 07-01-2007, 06:40 PM   #15
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Probably late with this but we towed over 550 last week from the opposite direction (Ouray to Durango). No problems going over Red Mountain pass with our trailer and TV. It is beautiful country. We went that way to avoid road closures on 145 through Telluride.
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Old 07-01-2007, 06:44 PM   #16
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Probably late with this but we towed over 550 last week from the opposite direction (Ouray to Durango). No problems going over Red Mountain pass with our trailer and TV. It is beautiful country. We went that way to avoid road closures on 145 through Telluride.
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What had the road closed?...Construction?
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Old 07-06-2007, 01:54 AM   #17
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I did that route in 1994 on my Honda Sabre (motorcycle) and I thought the bike was to long.
I seem to remember seeing a sign that said "Ouray 24 miles", then looking down over the edge of the corner and saying "Yep, there it is"
13 years later and I still have the pattern of the handlegrips imprinted in my palms......

Beautiful ride though.
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Old 07-09-2007, 09:42 AM   #18
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We ended up based in Cortez, CO at Sundance RV Park.
Nice folks there, and we were centrally based for what we did.
First day was Hovenweep National Monument.....Anasazi Ruins that are remote and less commercialized than Mesa Verde, and much less excavation and restoration.
Next say, took a day trip to Black Canyon....I have never been to a National Park that didn't desere the name "National Park" for a reason. There is some wow factor at Black Canyon. Hwy 147 through Telluride on the way up....road construction everywhere, long waits, signs displayed that the road was closed for work at night, one lane in places with flagmen during the day and delays delays delays. Came nack through Ouray, Silverton, Durango to Cortez to complete the loop.
Last day, Mesa Verde, the Wetherill Mesa section of the park. Late in the day lightning struck outside the park to the West in the Ute Reservation and they had quite a fire of some 100 acres in short order with the fire crowning in the junipers. I guess the firefighters got it contained by morning because there was on smoke as we left the area the next morning headed towards Cloudcroft, NM.
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Probably late with this but we towed over 550 last week from the opposite direction (Ouray to Durango). No problems going over Red Mountain pass with our trailer and TV. It is beautiful country. We went that way to avoid road closures on 145 through Telluride.
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I'm in Durango now headed to Montrose tomorrow was getting a wee bit nervous about towing on the 550 N but if y'all say its worth it then I'm gonna bite the silver bullet and do it. Will take Lizard Pass on the way back.
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We took that route in June without problems. Beautiful.
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Old 07-25-2011, 11:03 AM   #21
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I love this road. great dry camping between Ouray and Silverton and Silverton and Durango. I didn't do it this year but have done the Durango to Silverton race the train. On a road bike (the kind with no motor) Yep it's a lot of up hill. And you have to ride hard to beat the train.

The Train!!! Ok if you visit that area don't forget about the old steam engine train ride through the mountains. It is pretty neat. You can even get off in the middle to do some backpacking in the mountains.
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Red Mountain!

I did Red Mountain today! Gorgeous. Not bad and worth it for the beauty. Little brake dust on my wheels. Saw another Airstream on my decent. And another as I passed threw Ridgeway. All set up in Montrose where I'll be chillin' for a spell.
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