Originally Posted by Jamesj
Thanks TanoB for the question.
I may do the same route after a day of skiing at Telluride and then drive that evening to a motel in Aspen to attend the Gathering. For main vein do you guys mean Telluride to 550/50 to Grand Junction and then I70 to Glenwood Springs and 82 to Aspen?
McClure Pass is only about elevation 8800' and I'd love to see the scenery, but not much point since I'll be driving in darkness and it's only 15 minutes faster (4:15 vs. 4:30 hrs) in good conditions over the route via 50 thru Grand Junction.
Google suggested a longer, third route from Telluride via 141 thru Grand Junction, any reason to consider that?
Ok, I think there is some confusion here with the responses you have received, because multiple routes use CO 141.
Google suggests three routes.
1. Via CO 133 over McClure Pass.
2. Via I-70 and Us 50, using CO 141 for about ten miles through Clifton to "cut off" between I-70 and Us 50.
3. Via I-70 to CO 141- continuing on 141 past US 50. This takes you almost to the Utah state line, through Gateway, Uravan, and connects with CO 145 to head East towards Placerville and finally Telluride. This route skips Montrose entirely.
Route 1 is fastest, but through a very isolated area.
Route 2 is slightly longer, but is the "civilized" route with services and multi-lane highways for most of the journey.
3. Route three is much longer, and takes you through some of the most isolated parts of Colorado that still have roads through them. The only things that can be said to favor this route is you get to experience a lot of Colorado Plateau type terrain of deserts and dry canyons and red rock. But you are REALLY isolated, it takes much longer, and there isn't really a compelling reason to make the detour.