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    Boulder to Telluride drive route

    Heading to telluride for the weekend from the boulder area & hoping someone has insight as to the differences in the travel options. Wondering if it is faster to take 70 to grand junction & then head down 50 or if the 285 to 50 option is similar/better timewise. We are planning the more scenic drive for the way home but would like to get down/over there ASAP. Thanks for any insights.

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    I have always taken the I-70 to GJ route and south on 50. It is a little over 5 hours from Silverthorne so add another hour and half from Boulder.
    Not sure about time/distance the other way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Libertine
    Heading to telluride for the weekend from the boulder area & hoping someone has insight as to the differences in the travel options. Wondering if it is faster to take 70 to grand junction & then head down 50 or if the 285 to 50 option is similar/better timewise. We are planning the more scenic drive for the way home but would like to get down/over there ASAP. Thanks for any insights.
    I went in April and ended up going the 285 route. I can't really comment on the I-70 way since I haven't ever done that route.

    Pure speculation would be that I-70 is probably faster (higher speeds and less stops through small towns) but also probably longer.

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    To TRide, I-70 to Clifton and down is *definitely* the fastest way. If going to the other side of the San Juans, eg Durango, 285 to 160 is the way to go.

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    Thanks

    Thank you all for the info. I ended up going west on I-70 to Glenwood Springs before heading south through Carbondale, Delta & Montrose to catch the final stretch of 62 to Telluride. It took 7 Hrs from Lyons so i think that may be the preferred route. That place is fantastic!

    Thanks Again!

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