Driving from Durango, Colorado to Mount Hood, Oregon
Replies: 13 - Last Post: Feb 2, 2012 2:04 PM Last Post By: Moselle
Jan 19, 2012 5:53 AM
Driving from Durango, Colorado to Mount Hood, OregonHello
Has anyone here driven from Durango to Mount Hood, and know roughly how long to allow and what sort of a drive it would be in August/September?
Jan 19, 2012 6:01 AM
Jan 19, 2012 6:46 AM
2You could take the route from Durango on US Highway-550 north, over the Million Dollar Highway, to Grand Junction, then west on Interstate-70 to Utah's Interstate-15 or Utah's State Highway #6, then north to Idaho, then west on Interstate-84, through Boise and Pendleton, Oregon, and onward to Mt. Hood. Or, north on Interstate-15 to Salt Lake City, then west on Interstate-80, then north on either US Highway-395 or on Interstate-5 to Oregon. Check the routes on Google Map or Map Quest.
Jan 19, 2012 12:14 PM
3Or over to Cortez & up to Moab...Scenic in a different way & a bit faster...From Moab Trekkers route(avoiding rush hour Provo_SLC-Ogden...The Smell the flowers alternative would be I-70 To Utah.Visiting Great Basin NP. Turning then, on the 93 at Ely to the 95 /395/26 in Oregon...Happy trails...carracar
Jan 19, 2012 6:08 PM
4To amend the above... Stay on the 50 to Austin. Then, the 305/I-80 to Winnemucca & the 95 from there to the 76/20/97/26 in Oregon...carracar
Jan 20, 2012 12:26 AM
5Has anyone here driven from Durango to Mount Hood, and know roughly how long to allow and what sort of a drive it would be in August/September?
Sort of "How long is a piece of string?" - so it really depends on how long you have. But if you do have sufficient time, then two-three weeks is not excessive - there are some of the very best geological offerings in the US along the various routes.
Southerly route could encompass all the Southern Utah parks (even Grand Canyon NP, Yosemite NP, Crater Lake NP), while a more northerly route could include Yellowstone NP and Grand Teton NP - both ways are excellent.
And heed carracar's advice - definitely avoid the I-15 through the SLC conurbation at rush hour if you go that way - it's truly awful.
And I can really recommend the John Day Fossil Fields south-east of Mt Hood in eastern Oregon - very good indeed. Weather throughout was superb in September for us.
Jan 20, 2012 7:48 AM
6As the "best" route is determined by a quick look at a map...After driving Santa Fe- Corvallis several times a year.I finally married the woman & moved her here... I usually broke it into portions of 3 days...SF- Green River Utah. Passing the SLC area mid day,overnight in the Boise/Ontario OR. area.The Oregon destination (by several routes) on the final day. With a early start fro Durango, it can be done in two days by enduring the rush hr. traffic on the I-15...Happy trails...carracar
Jan 23, 2012 1:43 PM
7Thanks for all the replies.
Google maps gave me 19 hours so I assume that's two long days driving, but I'd prefer to allow maybe three or four if the fastest route offered by google maps is uninteresting motorway. This is what google maps recommends - http://maps.google.com/maps?saddr=Durango,+CO,+United+States&daddr=Mount+Hood+Meadows+Ski+Resort,+Mount+Hood+Parkdale,+OR,+United+States&hl=en&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=51.621706,79.013672&geocode=FZDGOAIdfeGR-Skj_IW9pgI8hzFafqajgogr3A%3BFUC0swIdKY2_-Cl1Iv2XkRu-VDHVKjzG394ExA&oq=Mount+Hood&vpsrc=0&mra=ls&t=m&z=6
ianw6705 when you say southern do you mean further below the route I've linked to here or does it look about right?
Thanks again for help
Jan 26, 2012 5:43 PM
8Million Dollar Highway...from Silverton (after drive from Durango) to Ouray is awesome.
Go north, moselle.
Jan 29, 2012 3:34 PM
Jan 29, 2012 9:18 PM
10... the route I've linked to here or does it look about right?
There is a real lot of boring $hit on the route that you have provided ... my goodness. But you haven't really clarified (at least to my shallow mind) whether you're aiming to do this the fastest way possible, or a nice way.
And when I said a more southern route, I meant a non-fast way through Death Valley NP, Yosemite NP, the Redwoods, Crater Lake NP, and on to Mount Hood. Certainly not the fastest - but a lot more fun than Brigham City to Pendleton via Boise, I reckon.
Feb 1, 2012 2:25 PM
11thanks ianw6705 that's what I'm afraid of. I have plenty of time and would like to have a very enjoyable scenic drive, not fussy as long as it's not highway and nothing else. i've lived in california and visited seattle but that's the extent of my travel in the US so i'd like to see as much as possible on the drive and not in any rush. will research your routes, thanks again for the advice
Feb 2, 2012 5:05 AM
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