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BlastOff
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HWY 550, Colorado
Trying to figure out some winter travel plans, flying to Durango is pretty expensive from MSY...is it possible/realistic to fly into Montrose instead and drive the two hours south on 550 to Durango? That hwy looks a little treacherous during clear weather, wondering if it gets shut down frequently in the winter.


pjab
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re: HWY 550, Colorado
People ski Purgatory and Silverton all winter and get there somehow. Being a major Hwy, I’m sure it’s cleared quickly after a snow. With that being said, if you’re not comfortable driving on sketchy mountain roads, aren’t able to rent a decent vehicle, or on a strict timeline, you might run into problems.

In the mountains during winter, you can either get a smooth sunny ride or have to sleep in your car. You never know.


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AZTiger7072
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Tucson
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re: HWY 550, Colorado
I would fly into ABQ… don’t risk flying into Montrose and there being a snow storm where they close one or all of the mountain passes between there and Durango


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cajungoalie
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Baton Rouge
Member since Oct 2008
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re: HWY 550, Colorado
550 in winter would produce a pucker factor to a flat lander. Especially south toward Silverton you're on the outside with no guardrails...add snow/ice and its a NOPE for me baw.


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Nodust
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re: HWY 550, Colorado
I just flew Durango to Baton Rouge one way. Was cheaper than to MSY.

This was mid August


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