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Best route from Durango back to Denver airport

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Best route from Durango back to Denver airport

We are taking our time to drive to Durango- thru Grand Junction and then down thru Ouray and on to Durango. When we leave Durango we want the quickest drive back to Denver as we will stay near the airport the last night before our flight home. Any suggestions? Thanks

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1. Re: Best route from Durango back to Denver airport

Start out taking Hwy 160 to Pagosa Springs and over Wolf Creek Pass. You have a few options after that, but they'll all take about 7 hours, plus or minus a bit. The shortest way is to go via 285--at Del Norte go to Center to pick up 285. This is a beautiful drive and you'll be able to see the Great Sand Dunes to the east, and then part of the Collegiate Peaks Scenic Byway. This route is the shortest route and maybe fastest by a little bit, but not a lot due to it being two lane highway. You can also take 160 to Interstate 25.

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2. Re: Best route from Durango back to Denver airport

Thanks!!!

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