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Driving between Aspen and Salt Lake City

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Anybody have feedback on driving between Aspen and SLC in the winter? It looks like a sevenish hour drive, but I am curious about what kind of road conditions are most common.
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Most likely be dry with bare roads. No guarantees though. Interstate all the way after Glenwood Springs, no mountain passes.

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Good road all the way that is mostly wide open and "middle of nowhere" unless you are passing through a town.  Pretty flat and fast to Price and then it gets a little twisty up over Soldier's Summit until you come out of the canyon at the windmills at Spanish Forks and get back on interstate. My recommendation is do not drive Soldier's Summit in the dark when the weather is bad.  That is usually the only section that ever has snow on it, unless you are in the middle of a major storm.

 

Also, plan to hit the Provo to SLC interstate when it is not morning or evening rush hour.  They have been working on I-25 along there since the Olympics and they still have lots of sections where the lanes are hard to follow. Everyone drives fast even when the traffic is heavy.  If you have two or more people in the car use the commuter lane on the left when you can.  The signs are confusing because they say "toll" over the commuter lane, but ignore that and just use it if you are not alone.

 

It is a little over a 6-hr. drive from Durango to SLC and we leave late, stay in Price, and then it is less than 2.5 hrs to the Snowbird Parking lot if you leave early and beat the morning weekday traffic.

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Thanks Bill and mudfoot! Great detail, mf, and will be very helpful if we decide to combine these two destinations.
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Originally Posted by bbinder View Post

Thanks Bill and mudfoot! Great detail, mf, and will be very helpful if we decide to combine these two destinations.

thinking about the new Mountain Collective pass, are we?

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I usually schedule 6 hours and I've made it in less.  Aspen downvally traffic can be fairly heavy after skiing/work.   Good roads except Soldier Summit as noted.

 

 

Utah law enforcement can be heavy handed.  Friends got pulled over and were asked to look in their cooler.   Stupid Coloradoans had a screw top wine bottle that had been cracked the night before.   They spent the next three hours on the side of the road while every single possession was examined?

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Originally Posted by Bill Miles View Post

Most likely be dry with bare roads. No guarantees though. Interstate all the way after Glenwood Springs, no mountain passes.

Only if you want to go the slow way.  The fast way is I-70 to Green River then US 6 through Price to Spanish Fork.  US 6 is well travelled and generally in good condition.

 

Mike

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