Join Date: Apr 2010
Location: Ft Collins, Colorado
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Trip to Saratoga Hot Springs, WY, w/ a little detour...
I took a little trip on the V with my wife from 17 Jun to 19 Jun, from Ft Collins CO, through the Poudre Canyon to Steamboat Springs, then north to Saratoga, WY. It turned out to be a bit of an adventure. The road north from Steamboat was not paved for a good bit, with no indication of that on any of the maps I looked at. My wife was a little freaked out but the V was flawless, even on rutted, semi-muddy sections. The issue came when we turned east on WY-70. The damn road was washed out. I've never seen anything like it. I went around the caved-in section, thinking I was pretty cool and smart. However, the road was destroyed on both sides of the pass, as we found out later, so no snowplows had been up there all winter. The entire road was covered in several feet of snow towards the top of the pass. We had to turn around and go back past the ruined road and take a slightly longer and less fun route the rest of the way to Saratoga - I-80. Once there, all was well despite the fact that the town was somewhat flooded. The N Platte river was at record-high levels. The National Guard was there filling sandbags and such, but the hotsprings were still open! The road home through the Medicine Bow range was pretty great, and very scenic. The pass is over 10k', so I was a little worried about ice on the road, but all was well. Here are some pics: