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    Default Recommendation on best Salt Lake City to Denver route?

    I will be traveling by rental car from Salt Lake City, UT to Denver, CO (one-way) at the end of May. Other posts touch on this subject, but I need updated advice. Which route would be best for a first-timer to the area who is looking for pretty scenery (at least at highway speeds):
    1) via I-80 through Wyoming,
    2) via US 140 through Colorado, or
    3) some combination of the two? OR
    4) drop down to Grand Junction and go into Denver via I-70?

    One poster said the Rocky Mountain National Park/Estes Park/Boulder route would be the most scenic. And someone else said that the I-80 route was the most scenic. Who's right?

    Also, computer mapping programs put both road trips at around eight hours driving time, give-or-take. I'm not on a deadline, but is that realistic given that both routes appear to be pretty mountainous? Research already has shown that the Trail Ridge Road portion is estimated to take half-a-day. Any other big delays like that one along the way?

    Thanks in advance for any tips or advice.

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    Default This could be an easy call to make!

    Quote Originally Posted by dogstir View Post
    I will be traveling by rental car from Salt Lake City, UT to Denver, CO
    Welcome to the Great American RoadTrip Forum. For me, this is a "no contest" -- One of my favorite Interstate highway section in the US is the stretch from Cove Fort to Grand Junction Co and the rest of I-70 to Denver is pretty awesome. For a field report on this route, take a look at the on-highway options and the off-highway reports.
    One poster said the Rocky Mountain National Park/Estes Park/Boulder route would be the most scenic. And someone else said that the I-80 route was the most scenic. Who's right?
    I don't think the high country road will be open in late May.
    Also, computer mapping programs put both road trips at around eight hours driving time, give-or-take.
    Only with a police escort.... Actual driving time on from SLC by the fastest possible route (I-80 to I-25) might be ~ 8 hours with a good tail wind, but if you drop down to I-70 the actual time is much closer to 10.5 hours.

    For a first time visitor, you might consider US-6 (although you will miss much of the San Rafael Swell) down to I-70. US-40 -- it would extremely unlikely to average much more than 50 mph (several sections at 70+, but construction has already started on it). I have driven US-40 several times -- there are some awesome early spring views -- if you have time -- Strawberry Park near Steamboat Springs is heavenly!

    Mark

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    Default Thank you!

    Thanks for the quick response... I think I'll drop down from SLC to Cove Fort and travel I-70 through Grand Junction and continue on to Denver that way. I am very much looking forward to it. I'll let everyone know how it turns out upon my return. Thank you!

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