We're moving the family from the Baltimore area to the Oregon coast (Coos Bay area) this February (mid-month). We're shipping most of our belongings, but we'll be hauling a U-haul trailer with our most valuable stuff behind a dual-rear wheel Ford 350. Most maps indicate we should take I-80 across, but I'm concerned about the mountain/snow travel with the truck and trailer. (The truck does have 4-wheel drive and we'll be getting chains, too, I'm sure.) I-40 appears to be our other option...except...
My husband has always wanted to see Ouray, Colorado and would like to take this trip as an opportunity to do so; unfortunately, when I inserted that waypoint on the map, it kicked us off I-40 back to I-80 at a point where I think we'd either just be entering the Rockies, or somewhere in the middle of them. The detour takes us from I-40 at Albuquerque, NM, through Ouray, CO and Salt Lake City, UT (which is where we'd join up with I-80).
Basically, I'm looking for the safest route across the Rockies during February that could (possibly) take us through Ouray, CO.
What conditions are we looking at, in February, if we travel
I-40 from Maryland to Albuquerque, NM,
Head north through Ouray, CO,
Join up with I-80 at Salt Lake City, UT,
Take I-80 to the Northwest part of Nevada (where it joins 95/140), and
Take 140 and 97 through Oregon?
Time isn't too much of a factor. We'll have 10 to 12 days to make the trip.
Thanks, in advance, for any help/tips/advice!