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Phoenix to Telluride?

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Just wondering if anyone has info on this drive? Im meeting my buddy in Phoenix and then we are driving to Telluride. I think the map showed the 160 fwy from Flagstaff. We will be taking his 4x4 but may be some night driving and we will be powder chasing so somewhere around a storm. Pretty dicey?

 

Also what would you say is the best "hike to" terrain there? I have heard there is a lot of it but wondering which areas are worth it in terms of minutes hiked/quality vertical. Not looking for fall and die type stuff, more like Kachina type stuff. Thanks very much

post #2 of 5

Yea, from flagstaff...160 to Cortez, 145 to Telluride. Easy drive. I usually leave Phoenix at midnight and get there at about 8am. 

 

I have seen blowing snow in during winter storms in the NE AZ reservation portion (160 to Cortez). 145 Cortez to Telluride always seems driveable, as CO has good road clearing. I been through there during a storms and the road was passable. Somebody that lives in the area should have better info.

 

As far as hiking...do it all. This sums it up...

http://www.tellurideoffpiste.com/

 

Black Iron Bowl is quick access...Dihedral face, D-chute, and PeeWees are some of my favorites. Palymra is a long booter, but worth it if they are still working that terrain. Gold chutes...ect..

post #3 of 5

Spooky's right--Colorado's good about clearing the roads, and you're more likely to run into tricky driving/delays around Flagstaff (snow) or on the reservation (wind). If you're particularly nervous about the weather forecast or if they're reporting delays on the 160, you can just take I-40 to Gallup, then US 491 north to Cortez: it's much less scenic, burns more gas, and takes a few minutes longer (assuming no delays either way), but it's a bit easier.

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Thanks for the info. Any suggestions on where to stay first night on the way up there for acclimatization? Thanks again

post #5 of 5

You can stay in Cortez. It's more than half way and 6100 ft. elevation. About anywhere from Flagstaff on is pretty high elevation.

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