stormlight wrote:Just wondering whether anyone from Denver made the treck and which route they took. Google says up to Cheyenne and west on 80 (which I'm leaning toward) but 70 west to 50 across Nevada looks like a straighter shot. Also, any thoughts on Jungo Rd if I take 80 ( have very good off road capabilities) THANKS!
Yes, I've made the trip you're asking about while living in Denver (and coming from Kansas City and from Nebraska to Denver) and I've done so with and without pulling trailers. If I have a very heavy load I take I-25 to Ft. Collins and take 287 up to I-80 at Laramie, WY, then head West to Winnemucca and decide on Jungo Road which I will get to in a minute. I-80 saves you from climbing an additional 2000 ft of elevation, but in turn you also get to experience a LOT MORE WIND. The area around Elk Mountain can be especially treacherous...I have a family member who drives I-80 from Lincoln, NE to Salt Lake City 3x per week and Elk Mountain is prone to causing trouble in many ways...rain, ice, snow, 70 mph + wind gusts...you name it.
If you take I-70 keep in mind you'll go through the Eisenhower Tunnel which is 11,006 ft. A gasoline engine loses 3% of it's power for every 1000 ft of altitude you climb...so if you're loaded down things will suck getting to the tunnel or climbing Vail Pass (10000+ ft) about an hour later. But after that you get to experience Glenwood Canyon...it's always good to shock and awe the first timers with the tunnels and rest areas with Colorado River access. Stay on I-70 to Green River in Utah, take US 6 North through Price and on to I-15 over Soldier Summit. US 6 is two laned...and kinda sucks to drive but the scenery can be interesting. BEWARE OF THE HIGHWAY PATROL AT PRICE AND HELPER. Once you drop off Soldier Summit and hit I-15 it's a nice 45 min run up to I-80 West...and off to Winnemucca you go.
As for Jungo Road...since the gold mine has reopened the road from Winnemucca to the halfway point of Sulphur is much better than in years past. The second half...is still able to kick your rear end. Rough rock, dips, washboards, kamikaze jack rabbits...it can be slow going. But the view in the daytime is not bad. If your tires are not in tip top shape, forget about Jungo. Stick with I-80 to 447 and stay on the pavement.
Since you state you have good off road capabilities...I would strongly consider Jungo Road. Make sure you have the means to fix tires, and good SPARES as it's 130 miles across there and cell phones die 30 miles into it. I've done Jungo for many years...and it is one of the highlights of the entire BM experience for me. If you have further questions or want more specifics, please PM me.
One last note. I've take I-70 all the way through...from Green River across the San Rafael Swell, down into the Sevier Valley and on to Cove Fort, UT and I-15. I-15 from Cove Fort to Spanish Fork where US 6 meets up with it has two special test sections posted at 80 mph...the only other place you can legally run that fast is in West Texas. I know a lot of people who like this little fact and so I thought I'd mention it here. It's a long drive...but if you love the West this is some great scenery.