I have a sob story for you for which I make no apologies but hope you can help:
My husband and I were booked on a Harley tour to do the Canyons in Utah/Arizona in June this year but 10 days before we flew out to Vegas (where we were also supposed to be bridesmaid/best man at our friends' wedding) we were knocked off our Harley at home and were hospitalised. As we are still unable to ride, but can drive, we decided to do this trip on our own in a car, and November is our look-ahead date to hopefully being fully recovered from our injuries.
But we have a friend who lives in Monument, CO who I would desperately love to meet up with so we are looking at coming over from Mexican Hat to Montrose on 11th November and then onto Salida/Poncha Springs on November 12th to meet up before heading back to Montrose for the night and Mexican Hat on the 13th.
We are hoping to come in on the Million Dollar Highway and then return via Naturita and Dove Creek (or vice versa) but we will be in a Mustang and have no idea what the roads will be like in November. Obviously we will keep a track of cotrip.com when we can but I understand the reception in the canyons is patchy at best.
I also know that you had loads of snow in November 2010 so the possibility is there again for this year. Whilst US50 should be kept clear I'm not sure about the 160/550 and if anybody has any first hand knowledge that would be great.