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?