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  1. Default Best Way from Austin, TX to Vail, CO

    I would like to stay off I35 and go up through Amarillo in NM... what is a reasonable size town to spend the night in NM within 45 minutes of leaving Texas?

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    Join Date
    May 2003
    Green County, Wisconsin


    Welcome to the RTA Forum!

    I'm guessing you're planning to US-87 north from Amarillo?

    I would recommend you plan to stop for the night in Dalhart, TX. That's already likely to take you about 12 hours considering the number of 2 lane roads you have to take. If you want to push into New Mexico, then Clayton is really your only option. Beyond that, you won't find another motel until Raton, which at more than 700 miles from Austin, is just too far for a reasonable day on the road.

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    Join Date
    Oct 2008
    Joplin MO


    You will have a better choice of hotels in Dalhart than in Clayton. Dalhart has 7 hotels, all chains. Clayton has 4 - 3 chains and one mom and pop. There is also exactly one mom and pop in Texline.

    You can make a reservation by clicking on Hotels & Cars in the top green menu on this page.

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    Thank you so much for your advice!

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