My friend and I are flying to Phoenix one way and driving a UHaul back to Detroit with the goal of enjoying this trip as much as possible! We plan to drive from Phoenix to the Grand Canyon on April 4 and then straight to Denver (via 160 to 191 to I-70) so we can spend two days in the Denver area (visiting Boulder and RMNP). I'm concerned with the weather conditions driving a large vehicle on this route (it's weight capacity is 2400 lbs, and dimensions are 12' long, 7.5' wide and 9' high).
We then plan to head to Mt. Rushmore and head back to Detroit via I-90.
Does anyone have any experience with this route during this time of year? I've never been in this area before, and have heard stories about snow chains on tires. Do I need to get some to be on the safe side? Thanks.