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Day 1 – Wolf Creek Pass to Durango, Colorado

Herb’s Blog, Herbdate 23502 – 1212

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Back in 2022, when we went to the Grand Canyon for TNT’s graduation, our intention was to drive over Wolf Creek Pass, stop in Pagosa Springs and then go to Durango to ride the train. Well, we did the drive but the train ride didn’t happen that year because of the wildfire danger. At that time, the smallest spark could have burned the San Juan National Forest to the ground. Fire is no joke in Colorado. At that time we did drive the Pass, which was cool but not nearly as hair-raising as the song because the road was widened and modernized in the 1980s with runaway truck ramps installed at various key locations. A safer ride but still a mountain road. I was told that before they widened it it was barely two lanes and no shoulder.

I found this video on YouTube of a guy in an ’87 Chevy Blazer traveling it. He has two versions of the song and the whole video is 8:09. If you want to see authentic Colorado scenery it’s pretty good. The quality isn’t the best but it gives you an idea.

We got to Durango, checked into our hotel, which was a brand name we always use and trust but it was mediocre at best. I think if there was a downside to the whole trip it was that. Not that the hotel was bad or anything, just nothing to ooo and aah over. The staff were nice, though and we were recommended to a place called Serious Texas BBQ and it was good. The portions were big and flavorful and the sauce was…well… awesome sauce, really. I tried to include a link to the place but their website won’t come up. Here is their Trip Advisor page. Overall it was a good start to a nice weekend.


9 responses to “Day 1 – Wolf Creek Pass to Durango, Colorado”

  1. Geoff Stamper Avatar

    Pleasant ride with that song(s), although I once lost my brakes coming off the freeway near Shreveport in one of the most harrowing experiences of my life. Fortunately I had the perfect storm of opportunities to maneuver my way to rest without crashing.

    1. Herbert Avatar

      I’ve had a couple of similar moments but thankfully never on mountain roads.

  2. Phil Strawn Avatar

    Can be a scary drive. Momo wont do it.

    1. Herbert Avatar

      Well, if the weather was bad I would definitely think twice. On the road to the top of Pikes Peak my wife won’t look out the window.

  3. J P Avatar

    I love a good mountain drive, but the Mrs absolutely does not. My kids and I drove to the top of Mt. Evans near Denver, but their mother stayed at the little shop at the base of the mountain.

    1. Herbert Avatar

      My wife will ride with me or her cousin who is a professional charter bus driver but that’s about it. Maybe now with the CDL Mrs JP will change her mind?

      1. J P Avatar

        Doubt it. 🤔

      2. J P Avatar

        Just as a prophet is without honor in his own land, a professional driver with a CDL is without honor in his own house. 🤪

        1. Herbert Avatar


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