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Grand Junction to Denver in early to mid April

dapperdan
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We're going to be in Monument Valley the first of April, from there we're considering going north to Moab and then up to I-70 and across to Denver. What is 70 usually like that time of year? We've been through the area a couple times, most recently last August we were in Glenwood
Springs coming from Fort Collins and went through the mountains no problem. I don't own tire chains and have NO desire to have to use them going forward. :R

Avoid I-70 in mid April or not?? Thanks in advance for your opinions. :C

Dan B.
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dapperdan
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Thank you all for the information! We've scrapped the idea of going up through Moab and east through Colorado entirely. Too many negatives, it's just easier to migrate east via the southern route. :W

Dan

Thom02099
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dapperdan wrote:
We're going to be in Monument Valley the first of April, from there we're considering going north to Moab and then up to I-70 and across to Denver. What is 70 usually like that time of year? We've been through the area a couple times, most recently last August we were in Glenwood
Springs coming from Fort Collins and went through the mountains no problem. I don't own tire chains and have NO desire to have to use them going forward. :R

Avoid I-70 in mid April or not?? Thanks in advance for your opinions. :C

Dan B.


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dapperdan
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Thank you for the feed back. Not only weather related issues but availability too! :E We had NO idea about Jeep week. Sounds like a "Sturgis" thing or in Milwaukee during "Harley Fest" This summer's the 120th, it'll be nuts (and LOUD). :B

Dan B.

donkeydew
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ist week of april is jeep week in moab. it will be full and next to impossible to get a spot this late.

Old_Days
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You have to watch the weather a lot,we got stuck in a 14 inch snow storm on may 10 a couple of years ago so I don't pull a trailer up there till late May now.

Martyn
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March and April are normally the two snowiest months in the Rockies and Denver (and east) area. I lived there for 30 years. However, snow can come and go fairly quickly. It would be prudent to look at accurate forecasts for areas such as Vail Pass and the Eisenhower Tunnels and plan around that. If snowfall is heavy, chains can become mandatory.
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