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Touring from Missoula to Fort Collins
We hit a jackpot!!
My fiance and I have come into the fortune of delivering a car for some friends moving to Missoula this month. We have been trying to decide on a fall tour, so we're planning to drive to Missoula and tour back to Fort Collins (north of Denver) in September.
We're trying to decide on a return route. Glacier NP to Great Falls, south through Livingston and Yellowstone NP seems to be the obvious choice.
Any other ideas? We have around 1.5-2 weeks for the tour, so we need to stay pretty well on track, with the mind to cover 60-80 miles per day, depending on terrain, of course.
Any input, trip reports, advice, etc. is greatly appreciated!
Personally, US 89 from Glacier to Yellowstone is one of the nicest rides in the West.
But there is no way you have time to do this - plus make it back in two weeks.
Remember the old adage - less is more.
(Also - I think Going to the Sun Road will be closed after Labor Day for construction.)
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The Trans Am does not go to Ft. Collins. The poster was saying you split form the route in the Walden/Rabbit Ears Pass area. That takes you over Cameron Pass at near 9,000+ feet You go any further south and you have some seriously high roads to deal with. Like Trail Ridge Road which gets near to 12,200 feet and snow in the summer. Plus heavy tourist traffic.
Last edited by ken cummings; 08-14-07 at 02:02 PM.
If you find yourself coming home on 130 from Walcott, a side trip up hwy 130 to the snowy range pass (medicine bow nat'l forest) is a worthwhile detour. easy to do as an out-and-back from a FS campground about 5-8 miles from the main road (intersection of 130 & 230).
I thought Poudre Canyon was nice enough to do it again, so I think I'm gonna.