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Unread 11-26-2010, 12:19 AM   #1
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Houston to Colorado Springs trip

The wife and I are thinking about moving to Colorado but before we do we want to see what its like in the winter time. So for Christmas vacation we are going to stay with her relatives in Colorado springs.

We are going to leave out of Houston on the 28th and hope to drive straight through like we did in the summer.

What I was wondering about is whats the drive going to be like, do I need to avoid Raton Pass or any other areas. Also I know I need to buy a set of chains, any suggestions on chains? Also is there any thoughts on things I should add, change or bring with me in the Jeep?

I've driven in snow and ice before just never with both in the mountains in the middle of winter.


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Unread 11-27-2010, 10:41 AM   #2
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Watch the weather forecast-if there's snow forecast for southern CO, the avoid Raton. You can come up thru the TX panhandle (most boring drive on earth) and hit US 50 into Pueblo instead. Usually around Christmas the weather is not too bad here, but you never know...
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Unread 11-30-2010, 09:46 AM   #3
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Weather is everything that time of year. I drove from COS down to Childers TX two Decembers ago. Raton Pass was fine but there was sheet ice for 150 miles through the TX panhandle. I stayed in 4wd in my toyota pickup for that whole 150 mile stretch. There were cars in the median and off the side of the road everywhere. Many of them were upside down. Another trip through Raton in winter had us sitting and waiting for about 2 hrs while snow plows cleared snow off the pass. So check the weather forecast before you go. You will cover so much ground on that trip that you will likely encounter lots of different weather on the way.
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