Has anyone went though La Veta Pass. How bad is it . I'm driving a 99 navigator with heavy towing package. My camper is a 2007 kz frontier 2405 weighs 6300# fully loaded.looking at going to the great sand dunes in Colorado. I emailed the park they said it was the worst part.
I've been over La Veta several times. With a 2004 GMC Duramax pulling a 35ft 5th wheel. I had no issues at all. Once in the winter (which I wouldn't do again ... I did make it although). There are lots worse passes in Colorado. I would say it's one of the easier ones.
You'll enjoy the Great Sand Dunes. Most interesting place to visit.
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La Veta west bound isn't bad at all. Nice slow lane uphill so it's easy to stay out of everyone's way.
You'll love the Sand Dunes. Colors might still be on the trees down there. Great for photos and generally playing in the sand. If you have time and are so inclined, consider driving up the trail for Medano Pass. It's beautiful there too.
I agree with KOvwa. Laveta isn't that bad. It's the ones further west (Wolf Creek) and going from Durango to Silverton and Ouray (Molas and Red Mountain passes if memory serves) that have me spooked.
Wolf Creeks not a problem just watch your speeds. I have done it multi times in an 18 wheeler and with my 5W. Once going east in 4" of snow when an unexpected storm hit just before the summit, 4X4 shift on the fly, the truck was loosing traction.
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I know its been a few years since i asked. But got my hip replacement surgery's out of the way. Now ready to go. Been waiting on this trip for years.
LaVeta is one of the easier passes to cross. I've done it with many trailers and several tow vehicles, from a Ford Expedition to a Ram Cummins diesel. You'll find that none of the passes are that hard to climb as long as you take your time. The trick is going down. Use a lower gear to control your speed and save your brakes. You'll be fine. Enjoy the scenery. It's a beautiful drive!
Safe travels and merry Christmas,
Last Edit: Dec 22, 2020 9:50:25 GMT -5 by jfspry58