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Steamboat to Aspen - how long is the drive?

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Looking over the map, it looks like 6 of one, half dozen of another to go through Leadville or Glenwood Springs.  I'll be driving it in early Feb, so what's the better route?  I saw one map that said Independence Pass is closed in the winter, and one map that said nothing.  The west drive is on Hwy 131, I-70, and Hwy 82.  The eastern route is on Hwy 40, hwy 9 to Silverthorne, Hwy 91, then Hwy 82 over Independence Pass. 

 

Is one route the obvious choice?  Is one better if it's dark?  It looks like 155 miles - what's a real-time estimate of travel time in the winter?

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  I saw one map that said Independence Pass is closed in the winter

 

 

True. 131-70-82.  No high passes. 

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I think it took me about 2 1/2 hours.  131 is wide open ranch land and relatively remote.  If it's really windy, the drifts across the road can be interesting.  I-70 and Hwy 82 are well maintained and pretty easy except for Glenwood Canyon sometimes.

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Thanks for the info.   smile.gif

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If you are making the drive during a storm cycle, from Steamboat take US-40 to Craig, Craig to Rifle on CO-13, and I-70 to Glenwood and CO-82.

 

The distance is about 20 miles further, but it takes you out of the snow belt. No real passes, just two minor climbs at Nine Mile Gap heading to Meeker and a significant descent heading into Rifle. Most of this area gets pretty minimal snow- the snow doesn't fall until it hits the mountains to the East.

 

Its about 2 hours from Rifle to Steamboat, and about an hour and 15 minutes from Rifle to Aspen.
 

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