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stay in Moab, or travel to Torrey or Gunnison

7 day trip, Denver, 1st night at glenwood Springs, then to Moab.Question is how many days to Stay in Moab, should we stay there or go to Capital Reef 1 night- then maybe over to Gunnison area to head back to Denver(looking for a scenic route) in 3 rd week of April. Not sure about mountain roads snow in April??

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1. Re: stay in Moab, or travel to Torrey or Gunnison

You need to clarify a bit - are you concerned about the roads between Moab and Torrey? Not many mountains using the I70 route though it can be snowy in the desert out there too. If snow is going to be a problem between Moab and Torrey you probably won't even make it from Denver to Glenwood Springs - lots of mountains - The Rockies.

What do you want to do on this trip? Hiking? 4WD?

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2. Re: stay in Moab, or travel to Torrey or Gunnison

Snow would be highly unlikely in the Utah desert that time of year. Yes, you could get it in Colorado mountains but probability of it being a problem is not high. If you have seven days, you surely can head over to Capital Reef for a day or two. Gunnison is certainly an option for a scenic route back.

Any reason why you've picked Denver as gateway to Moab over Salt Lake City that's a few hours closer?

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3. Re: stay in Moab, or travel to Torrey or Gunnison

Suggest to take at least 2 full days for Moab. Capitol Reef will be a detour. Maybe add Mesa Verde NP to the mix and drive between Mesa Verde and Montrose/Gunnison via us550. If there's still snow on this high mountainpasses drive via Telluride to Montrose west of San Juan Mountains. Black Canyon of the Gunnison NP is close to Montrose and Gunnison.

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4. Re: stay in Moab, or travel to Torrey or Gunnison

We chose Denver as air fare was much less, and thought to tour some of Colorado as well in the 7 day trip

We hsve been to Durango area, loved it, but have not ben to Gunnison area yet

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5. Re: stay in Moab, or travel to Torrey or Gunnison

I am not sure to head to Torrey after Moab, or if is so too far head to Gunnison area.

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6. Re: stay in Moab, or travel to Torrey or Gunnison

It really depends on how much time you want for Moab. I would take at least three days there if you have it. One day for Arches, one for Canyonlands and Dead Horse Point and one for some of the other places like Corona Arch or hwy 128.

So with three days in Moab you can take two days each way from Denver. I wouldn't take the time to head to Torrey and Capitol Reef unless you really enjoy just driving for heck of it.

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7. Re: stay in Moab, or travel to Torrey or Gunnison

Thanks, that helps alot

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8. Re: stay in Moab, or travel to Torrey or Gunnison

I agree, Capitol Reef would be too far a detour with the time you have.

Allow one to two full days in Moab plus your arrival day afternoon & sunset and your departure day sunrise & breakfast. Drive to Montrose and see the south rim drive of the Black Canyon of the Gunnison Natl Park. (It should be open by then) and then stay the night in Montrose, Ridgway or Ouray. Or, on to Gunnison or Crested Butte if you got a fairly early start from Moab. It will likely still be very cold in Gunnison, or at best very chilly! Watch for wildlife all along the drive from Montrose to Gunnison. You might see eagles, deer, elk, and bighorn sheep.

http://www.nps.gov/blca/index.htm

www.nps.gov/blca/planyourvisit/drives.htm

If you stay the night in Ouray, Ridgway, or Montrose, then you'd have time to consider a hike in the Curecanti Natl Rec. Area on the way to Gunnison. April is usually a good time for these hikes, which often become too hot in the summer... but do check conditions in case of snow/mud. If nothing else, you'll want to stop at the Dillon Pinnacles Overlook on Hwy 50 across the reservoir from the Pinnacles.

www.nps.gov/cure/planyourvisit/hiking.htm

From Gunnison, you'll go over Monarch Pass, then you can take Hwy 285 to Denver, or if the roads/weather are good you could go via Leadville or Breckenridge.

When you visited the Durango area, did you make it to Telluride?

One very scenic route from Moab to Montrose is to head south from Moab, then take Utah 46/CO90 >141/145 and then continue east over Dallas Divide to Ridgway. (don't stay on "Hwy 90" because it turns into a dirt road and may not be passable in April.) The views of the San Juan Mountains over Dallas Divide are just awesome. You could take a detour to Telluride if you haven't been there before.

We also recommend the views of Canyonlands from the Needles Overlook on County Rd 133. You get to it by taking 191 south of Moab past Wilson Arch, then west 22 miles on 133. If you aren't taking the detour to Telluride, you could fit this in as a detour on your way to Montrose via Norwood.

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9. Re: stay in Moab, or travel to Torrey or Gunnison

Thanks for all the road suggestions. From Gunnison, I was not sure to Hwy 285 to Denver, or do I have time to see the sand dunes and Colorado Springs

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10. Re: stay in Moab, or travel to Torrey or Gunnison

Well, it depends on how much time you want to spend in Moab and whether you want to drive back through Telluride to spend a night there or Ouray. It also depends a little on the weather. The Great Sand Dunes would be a bit out of the way, but if you are a road trip kind of person who likes to see a little of a lot and cover lots of ground, then it would be doable. Do keep an eye on the weather and road conditions and have a plan B in mind in case of a big snowstorm on one of your planned drive days. It isn't super likely late in the month, but it is possible.

Day 1. Arrive, drive to Glenwood Springs. (If you have time, drive south to visit Redstone if you like history and picturesque mountain towns)

Day 2. Drive to Moab.

Day 3. Moab

Day 4. Drive to Montrose or Ouray, either via Grand Junction or the scenic mountain route with a detour to Telluride if you haven't been there. There would probably be time to go to the Needles Overlook if you get an early start.

Day 5. Visit the Black Canyon south rim drive, stopping at 3 or 4 overlooks, then head back to Hwy 50 to Gunnison and on to Alamosa.

Day 6. Visit the Great Sand Dunes and drive to Colorado Springs. Sightsee as time allows, maybe visiting the Garden of the Gods near sunset.

Day 7. Colorado Springs as time allows before driving to DIA for departure.