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Road Route to Aspen - Local knowledge

post #1 of 11
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If you want to see my earlier thread that relates to this post its here........ http://forums.epicski.com/showthread.php?t=42318

Part of the trip will be to drive from C/Butte to Aspen. The shortest route goes through Buena Vista on 24 then left onto the 82 via Twin Lakes past Independence to Aspen. On an old Rand McNally map I have it marks this stretch of 82 as closed in winter. Is this still the case?

Thanks.
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Also - 4x4 or not?

Apart from driving on the I70 we'll go via Leadville and Buena Vista to Crested Butte. Would we be Ok with a mid-size on the local highways, similarly from CB to Aspen via Carbondale?
post #3 of 11
Yes, HWY 82 is closed in the winter at Twin Lakes. Either route has a few tricky sections, but if you pick your day, you should be fine in a regular car.
I would go to Aspen at the end of your trip, that way your companion will have a lot more travel options to DEN if they have to leave early. Plus Comedy Fest is 2/28-3/4 so lodging may be a problem.
post #4 of 11
i'm not wild about the drive in the summer over the pass.
post #5 of 11
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Appreciated

Yeah Shredhead- Aspens at the end of the 2 weeks and thanks guys.
post #6 of 11
The shortest route between Aspen and Crested Butte is via Pearl Pass.. but you don't want to do that even in the summer.

So I take it you're driving from CB to Aspen via Paonia and Carbondale? I think that's the best way.

You won't have any problem with a mid-size.
post #7 of 11
be aware if going over McClure Pass between Paonia and Marble, that it can be prone to slides (avalanches) that can close the road temporarily.

(This can be rock slides in the Summer, and snow slides in the Winter - especially on the East side of the pass.)
post #8 of 11
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Routed

Yeah, Vinn, Paonia and Carbondale it is and thanks icanseeformiles(andmiles) for the McClure heads-up.

Also I assume you go up the 92 as there doens't seem any point in going via Montrose?
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Originally Posted by simon
Yeah, Vinn, Paonia and Carbondale it is and thanks icanseeformiles(andmiles) for the McClure heads-up.

Also I assume you go up the 92 as there doens't seem any point in going via Montrose?
yep. Beautiful scenery. The road goes along the north rim of Black Canyon National Park, and there pull-outs to view the canyon. Be sure to gas up in Gunnison, no gas from there until you get to Crawford.

In addition, there are sections of 92 that are a little scary in the winter if you're not used to driving mountainous roads in the winter.
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Colorado Driving Advice

Thanks for all the above.
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Originally Posted by icanseeformiles(andmiles) View Post
until you get to Crawford.
Home of "gravel-voiced" Sheffield singer Joe Cocker. He used to run a biker bar there but I see it's now up for sale:
http://www.cocker.com/mdrtp/
I had the honor of meeting Joe at the 24 Hours of Aspen one year - the nicest, most down-to-earth and humble bloke you could imagine...
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