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Not a Clue

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How is hwy 550 from Gallup NM to the 160 to Bayfield CO.?


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You mean Hwy 491? Unless my map is wrong. We've been up it, nothing in particular comes to mind. A two lane fairly good roadway. But it goes thru Navajo land and so be extra careful not to speed, the tribal police are diligent. We got verbal a warning for 5 mph over the speed limit. No services before Shiprock tho so fuel up in Gallup.-


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You mean Hwy 491? Unless my map is wrong. We've been up it, nothing in particular comes to mind. A two lane fairly good roadway. But it goes thru Navajo land and so be extra careful not to speed, the tribal police are diligent. We got verbal a warning for 5 mph over the speed limit. No services before Shiprock tho so fuel up in Gallup.-


yes, 491 to Shiprock to 550. Some people say 491 is pretty rough. Thx

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Very beautiful.


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550 is known as the million dollar highway because it crosses three, spectacular mountain passes. it is also two lane, mostly, and not bad if you are on the inside, against the mountain sides, but not so great if you're on the outside, looking down into the canyons, etc.
going north, you will be mostly on the outside, I think.

lots of folks do it, but I would not do it in our motorhome. we have done it in an SUV.


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550 is known as the million dollar highway because it crosses three, spectacular mountain passes. ..............

The part he is asking about is not the part known as the million dollar highway. He is asking about the NM portion of 550 up to US 160.

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Lumpy. These kind of roads scare people if they are from the flat lands. Watch the weather.

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The part he is asking about is not the part known as the million dollar highway. He is asking about the NM portion of 550 up to US 160.


No he got the Hwy number wrong, he means Hwy 491 north from Gallop which is not all that scenic.

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160 turn east at Cortez to Wold Creek Pass!! No you stop before then. Not sure where your headed in Bayfield but the Sky Ute casino has an excellent RV park & a good museum. Mill street Bistro & Brenda's cafe are both good eats in Bayfield. Good road all the way I have a nephew I visit there several times a year. Sounds like your first trip to the area so you may want to make a quick stop in 4 corners, nice place to see once so you can say I been there. Large lot with RV parking, watch the holes.


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The part he is asking about is not the part known as the million dollar highway. He is asking about the NM portion of 550 up to US 160.


No he got the Hwy number wrong, he means Hwy 491 north from Gallop which is not all that scenic.

He clarified above that he meant 491 to Shiprock and then over to 550 to get to Bayfield, rather than going up to Durango I suppose.

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