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Old 03-08-2010, 09:37 AM
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Is Cotton Pass open during winter time? I know it's a county road....
Cottonwood pass at Buena Vista? nope.. no winter maintenance on that one.
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Old 03-08-2010, 09:44 AM
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Cotton wood is closed till summer.

You could take 285 to 50 through Gunnison, then to Montrose.. At Montrose you could head to GJ about 2.5 hours to I70, then take 70 to Moab..that route total is about 9:11 hours...

Or you could take the scenic tour via Naturita into Spanish Valley..9:48...

These would be my choice, great views of the San Juans and La Salle's, but probably will be dark by then....

If to tired to continue, we could pull into the town camping site at Telluride, 12.00 per night, showers, beers in Telluirde Thursday night and pancakes at Maggie's before heading out to Moab via Naturita route...This would be a sick detour!!!!

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sour...1,5.828247&z=8
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Old 03-08-2010, 09:50 AM
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Google maps shows just under 7 hours from my door to Moab via I70.

Going across the 50 to Grand Junction, then I70 to Moab is listed at 9 hours, 17 minutes.

Going across the 50 to Montrose, then the 90 to the 46 to 191 shows as 9 hours, 35 minutes.

Given that Area BFE is South of town, I suspect the last two options are essentially equivalent (on paper).

Does anyone have experience with the 90-46 route?
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Google maps seams to add an hour to all routes vs. Mapquest?
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Old 03-08-2010, 09:58 AM
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Cottonwood pass at Buena Vista? nope.. no winter maintenance on that one.
No not Cottonwood Pass, Cotton Pass, just south of the Canyon.
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Yep, I have done this route Hants, in the summer to Telluride from Moab.

Pretty mellow route, meanders through the desert. Good road, two lane most of the way, as I remember it.

Might be your favorite route home from Moab after CM, Hants..
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Old 03-08-2010, 10:19 AM
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Morning Gents. Just did Crested Butte a couple of weeks ago. Gunnison alone is 4 hours from here. Another hour to Montrose. About another 1 1/2 hours to Gunnison. Then another 2 hours to Moab. So roughly 9 hours. And no beer breaks figured in I mean gas and the usual. Long day driving. I posted up my first message about this in the members only section. We just might wait and see if they might do the 2 lane thing or not.

With any note let me know what you folks are thinking of doing or not?

Moab has rain/snow mix for the next two days. So I will not be going out early as planned to start on the new trail. So with winches and a little know how can we do the continental divide on our own. Just asking.
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Old 03-08-2010, 10:31 AM
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If I70 is open, I'll go that way (now that I've got my exhaust sawzalled even more!).

If not, I'll probably do the due West route (50 to 90 to 46). If more are going this way, we could make a caravan out of it...
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Gonna be a loooooong Thursday. And Sunday!
Wait and see is my strategy.









Then again... I love driving my truck, after all. Road trip. And there might be some opportunities to help a person or two if the snow is truly nasty.
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Old 03-08-2010, 10:51 AM
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There is a good graded dirt road from Eagle that goes over the Mesa and connects to the main road from Carbondale to Glenwood Springs about halfway in between. It should show on a decent map, and is less than an hour end to end. That wouldn't be too bad a detour, and it is not high so it should be open.
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