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Old 07-21-2018, 08:09 AM   #1
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Texas to Glacier

Trying to map out our trip from Texas to Montana. To all the well traveled RV'ers which route have you taken, and which route don't you recommend? Any RV parks that do not handle the Montanas length that you can recommend for us to avoid? Thank you !!!
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Old 07-21-2018, 09:03 AM   #2
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Well depending on the time you have, I would make it a loop NM, CO, WY, and then MT then back WY, SD, NE, KS, OK and TX

Denver is not as bad to drive though as Dallas. Bad but not as bad.

We have stayed at a campground West of Amarillo on 40 for the night. it has a buried travel trailer. Good over nighter. Eagle Nest KOA spent a few night there. Would stay again. Loveland CO we stay at Riverview. Have stayed ar RockSprings KOA for a few nights to see Flaming Gorge. Would stay there again.


Rocksprings and Amarillo are gravel parking lots with a stray tree or 2 with hookups. Neither were chosen for aesthetics.

DW thought I was nuts for Rocksprings until we did the loop around Flaming Gorge. Then I got high marks.
Haven't quite made it to MO yet.
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Old 07-21-2018, 09:11 AM   #3
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Oh when going up that way I try to get as close to getting out of TX as I can in the first day of driving.

I am hoping at the rally folks do not mention running generators to cool off camper while going down the road. If they do I will know what the next project will be.
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Old 07-21-2018, 11:20 AM   #4
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Jeff,

Thank you soooo much. As a matter of fact we picked that RV park in Amarillo. We were thinking of going through Silverthorn instead of going through Denver and then heading north on Blue River Parkway towards Rawlings. Still researching the road though to make sure we wont be aggravating the other drivers by driving slow. Will def research the Flaming Gorge... thank you soo much for your input


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Well depending on the time you have, I would make it a loop NM, CO, WY, and then MT then back WY, SD, NE, KS, OK and TX

Denver is not as bad to drive though as Dallas. Bad but not as bad.

We have stayed at a campground West of Amarillo on 40 for the night. it has a buried travel trailer. Good over nighter. Eagle Nest KOA spent a few night there. Would stay again. Loveland CO we stay at Riverview. Have stayed ar RockSprings KOA for a few nights to see Flaming Gorge. Would stay there again.


Rocksprings and Amarillo are gravel parking lots with a stray tree or 2 with hookups. Neither were chosen for aesthetics.

DW thought I was nuts for Rocksprings until we did the loop around Flaming Gorge. Then I got high marks.
Haven't quite made it to MO yet.
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Old 07-21-2018, 01:01 PM   #5
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Flaming Gorge is not a difficult drive area. Nearby Vernal has a very nice campground with shade, space and best wifi I ever had. Do not drive north from Silverton. Difficult drive from what I have read. Even getting to Silverton may not be easy. I haven't driven thru Dallas, so can't comment; BUT I think Denver is awful. I have driven thru at 1:30 pm, 10 am, anytime and it is stop and go at least for several miles. I would loop around thru Aurora on 225??.
Texas is big, so don't know if you are starting from the west or east side which makes a difference on route to get away fast. Good luck.
Oh, use rvparkreviews.com to check out parks that are good and have long enough sites. I find it very helpful. It has parks that are not even listed in some books.
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Old 07-21-2018, 01:48 PM   #6
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In Denver you get on 25 and stay there. In Dallas, on 35 you snake around and while staying on 35 you actually change hiways a few times to go through it. Plus the only thing worse than a Texan's ego is their driving.
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Going thru the DFW area on I-35 it is best to take I-35W thru Ft Worth rather than I-35E thru Dallas.
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Thru Dallas

Beverly - I grew up in Henderson and DW in Tyler. The traditional route to Amarillo was IH20 to LBJ-635 to IH35E to Denton then Wichita Falls etc. on US 287.

I have recently driven IH20 and it is a bumpy roller coaster like it has always been...the reward is a stop at Bucee’s in Terrill. 635 is no problem between 10 am and 3 pm and I have done it pulling the Monte. I think IH35E to Denton may have several construction zones I have not driven it with the RV however. My last trip to glacier was in 1994 in a Coleman pop up with 3 kids and a dog - so my campground reviews would be a bit out of date.

If you don’t want to drive thru Dallas you could follow US69 to Greenville then 380 to McKinney.

As long as you time your trip thru Dallas for mid-day and avoid rush hours you should be fine. It’s summer and school is out! My 30 mile commute into Austin is piece of cake in the summer with no public school traffic and 50,000 fewer tee-sips gone for summer break from t.u.
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