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Driving to Cabo this upcoming winter
« on: April 12, 2021, 11:15:15 AM »

As long as the border is still open and I can get an FMM visa I'm going to be going. I'm going to try to take US highways most of the way and stay off of the interstate. I want to climb the Guadalupe Peak in Texas along the way as long as it isn't too cold. Will probably do the Carlsbad Caverns if they are open. The Organ Pipe Cactus place looks cool. I will be using the Sonoyta / Lukeville, AZ crossing. I'm going to be quitting my job to take this trip, so if I'm gone for 1 month or 3 it won't matter. Anybody ever drove down the TransPeninsular highway or been to the Baja Peninsula; and does anyone have any suggestions on anywhere to stop at (US or Mexico)? Sort of thinking about going to Paquime (Nvo Casas Grandes, CHIH) and Coyame, CHIH on the way back, and might do some kayaking on the Rio Grande and some hiking in the Big Bend.

On a side note I am a rural Indiana country boy. I prefer to see nature sights, mountains, caves, neat beaches, canyons, rivers, etc, over doing things in the cities.
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Re: Driving to Cabo this upcoming winter
« Reply #1 on: April 12, 2021, 05:00:39 PM »

I know you said you want to stay off the Interstate system, but I-70 between Denver and the Utah border IS arguably the most scenic road in the country, and itís certainly the most scenic road in Colorado (with the exception of Loveland Pass, but thatís only about 10 miles long). Iím not sure what US-50 and US-285 in south-central Colorado are like. US-40 between Steamboat Springs and I-70 is nice, but itís well out of the way. I would definitely drive the Million Dollar Highway as well.
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Re: Driving to Cabo this upcoming winter
« Reply #2 on: April 13, 2021, 02:05:44 PM »

I know you said you want to stay off the Interstate system, but I-70 between Denver and the Utah border IS arguably the most scenic road in the country, and itís certainly the most scenic road in Colorado (with the exception of Loveland Pass, but thatís only about 10 miles long).

It's for sure the most scenic interstate, but I would put the Million Dollar Highway, CO91, CO5, CO139, CO141, CO92, US24 between Minturn and Leadville, and CO12 right in the mix, with a couple of those above I-70.  So, I don't think you can say it's "certainly the most scenic road in Colorado".  We have lots of them.

Iím not sure what US-50 and US-285 in south-central Colorado are like. US-40 between Steamboat Springs and I-70 is nice, but itís well out of the way. I would definitely drive the Million Dollar Highway as well.

US50 is pretty from CaŮon City to Montrose, especially through Monarch Pass, but I'd say less pretty than some of those other roads.  US285 is super pretty between from Antero Junction to Poncha Springs, but only average north of that and fairly boring south of that.  As you mentioned, Million Dollar Highway is ridiculously pretty.

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Re: Driving to Cabo this upcoming winter
« Reply #3 on: April 14, 2021, 09:17:08 AM »

I'm going to be going in January so I'm probably going to stay away from Colorado. I went to Pagosa in December one year and it was too cold for it to be enjoyable. I went to Pagosa one other time in July and had a blast. I've actually been on a lot of the roads in the southwestern part of the state including the Million Dollar Highway.

As for the interstates I'm an OTR truck driver, so I'm mostly just sick of being on them. I take a lot of secondary roads when I have time just because they are usually more relaxing and I feel like I see more of the country that way. There's also lots of opportunities to stop along the way in a car (not so much a big truck lol).
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