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padredw

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We will be leaving mid-day on a week day to move from Glacier Basin Campground in RMNP to Cheyenne Mountain SP. I am familiar with the Peak to Peak Highway down to I-70 and to Loveland to pick up I-25 S. I am less familiar with US 36 through Boulder.

I am just wondering if someone with more local experience might give me some suggestions about the best route. Maybe I am just lucky, but I have never had any difficulty driving right through Denver on I-25. I am not so sure about Boulder.

Thanks for any comments or suggestions.





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padredw wrote:

We will be leaving mid-day on a week day to move from Glacier Basin Campground in RMNP to Cheyenne Mountain SP. I am familiar with the Peak to Peak Highway down to I-70 and to Loveland to pick up I-25 S. I am less familiar with US 36 through Boulder.

I am just wondering if someone with more local experience might give me some suggestions about the best route. Maybe I am just lucky, but I have never had any difficulty driving right through Denver on I-25. I am not so sure about Boulder.

Thanks for any comments or suggestions.


As you're coming in to Boulder on US 36 from Lyons, it becomes 28th St, a major north/south route. Which is to say a lot of traffic and traffic lights (at least the times recently that I've been through).

Two suggestions. At the intersection for Iris Ave/Diagonal Highway, make a LEFT onto the Diagonal/CO 119 and go just a bit east to get on Foothills Parkway/CO 157 southbound, a RIGHT exit. Though there are traffic lights on Foothills, there are far fewer than you'll have staying on 28th St through Boulder. On the south end, you'll join up with US 36/Boulder-Denver Turnpike. 2 lanes that exit LEFT (don't want to stay RIGHT to Table Mesa Dr -- made that mistake). This bypasses most of the stop/go traffic through Boulder.

Second suggestion. Bypass Boulder altogether. Coming down US 36 from Estes Park to Lyons, instead of turning right and taking US 36 south to Boulder, stay on CO 66 (straight) to Longmont (north side of town). Take it past US 287 intersection and continue on east to join up with I-25. This puts you on the 3 lane section of I-25 all the way down to the Denver area.

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Good suggestion by Thom.
I really liked living in Colorado, but RMNP is the one place that is loved to death.

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Thanks, Thom. As always, your knowledge of the roads and routes of this area provides the guidance I was seeking. I have saved these notes for my trip planning.

Now. . . let's just hope this trip holds together. I have had reservations for Glacier Basin for months. I have received alerts and warnings but, so far, no cancellation. I will try to be prepared for either outcome: the trip as I am planning or no trip at all this year.

We have visited Rocky Mountains National Park many times but have always stayed in Estes Park, either in an RV Park or in a small cabin. This will be our first time to stay IN the park, so it is a "big deal" for us.

Thanks, again, for the very help I was looking for.

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Just be aware that I25 from Castle Rock to Monument is still in major reconstruction. Narrow lanes and lots of lane movement.

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Just be aware that I25 from Castle Rock to Monument is still in major reconstruction. Narrow lanes and lots of lane movement.


But is there any reasonable alternative when towing a 34' fifth-wheel? I can't seem to find one on the map.

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Not really a good path for your trip other than right thru Denver. 36 to 66 to I-25 then enjoy the traffic. You can go around on toll road, but expensive, even with NTTA tag. Castle Rock is always a pain and with construction, it adds time and more white knuckle driving than I like, but can be done. Getting to I-25 between 9:30-10:00 AM is not bad and gets you to Air Force Academy before noon. That's my 2 cents, have fun!





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padredw wrote:

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Just be aware that I25 from Castle Rock to Monument is still in major reconstruction. Narrow lanes and lots of lane movement.


But is there any reasonable alternative when towing a 34' fifth-wheel? I can't seem to find one on the map.


Not sure at this point. There is a CO 105 out of Sedalia that runs south and meets I25 in Monument. We are going to take a ride this week and check it out as it could work for us and our 34' Hitchhiker. We are off of C470 which you could connect from I70.

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padredw wrote:

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Just be aware that I25 from Castle Rock to Monument is still in major reconstruction. Narrow lanes and lots of lane movement.


But is there any reasonable alternative when towing a 34' fifth-wheel? I can't seem to find one on the map.


There is one other alternative, one that I used when I needed to be on the east side of the Springs at an RV park off US 24.

Take I-25 south to E Arapahoe Rd. Head east to S Parker Rd/CO 83. Head south on CO 83 through Parker and Franktown and on in to Colorado Springs. Once there, several routes over to I-25.

Yes, there's going to be traffic on E Arapahoe Rd as well as S Parker Rd through Parker. I didn't experience any major problems and I went through during the 3-4pm time frame. Nice drive once past Franktown and on in to the east side of C Springs. Trade off, I suppose, dealing with traffic vs construction zone traffic.

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Thom beat me to it! CO83 is a very pleasant road to drive on. It still gets traffic during rush hour but not as bad as I-25 through the same area. You could even go as far as Lincoln Ave or Ridgegate or even down to Hess (next exits after the Toll) on I-25 then cut across. A friend of ours lives in Castle Rock and works in Colorado Springs and that's how he goes to work every day.


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