I am driving from Indiana to Telluride next month. Last summer we took this trip over the Monarch pass. I had no idea it was so steep and I had to deal with vertigo while driving through. I did not enjoy driving over the pass although I did appreciate the wide roads! I love being in the mountains but not driving up them. So I found a recommendation on the internet some time ago for Lizard Head pass which means first heading for Saguache Colorado. I cannot find that post anymore but I seem to recall that it said that this route was less steep. The map says it is 10,000 as opposed to Monarch's 11,000
Can anyone recommend any route that may be better than another for me? Is Lizard pass narrow and steep or less steep but narrow? Any info would help.
I do not mind taking on a few extra hours to avoid Monarch pass.
Also, I had considered going to New Mexico first--prior to Telluride. If we first went to Taos, is there an easy way up to Telluride as another option?
Thank you for any advice!