smoothgrh
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June 6th, 2018 at 4:43:39 PM permalink
Hi!

How difficult is driving round-trip across Nevadaófrom Reno to Utah? (I've driven 8 hours from California to Oregon several times in my life.) With two pre-teens and a spouse who isn't fond of the desert, should I just drop the idea?

My destination would be Park City, Utah, and I see that from Reno it's:
2 hours, 22 minutes to Winnemucca
5 hours, 41 minutes to West Wendover
8 hours to Park City, Utah

I would probably stay a night in Reno, and I'm looking at when I would take breaksóthe drive to Winnemucca seems reasonable, but nearly 3.5 hours from Winnemucca to West Wendover seems like too much. Especially during the summer. Would Thanksgiving week be doable? Should I stay a night in West Wendover?

Thoughts? Experiences? Thanks!
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June 6th, 2018 at 4:47:11 PM permalink
I was nervous about the whole snow chains thing. Iíve never done that before.

We canceled our trip to Tahoe for unrelated reasons.

Edit - Maybe you donít go through mountains on that trip. Sorry.
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June 6th, 2018 at 5:29:48 PM permalink
Quote: FinsRule

I was nervous about the whole snow chains thing. Iíve never done that before.

We canceled our trip to Tahoe for unrelated reasons.

Edit - Maybe you donít go through mountains on that trip. Sorry.



Fwiw, snow chains are easy, cheap, and surprisingly effective. Used them constantly living in the Cascades. You just have to decide you're going to drive slowly while using them and it's very safe.
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June 6th, 2018 at 5:32:16 PM permalink
Haha snow chains, you southerners are funny. I donít even have winter tires, I use all season.

As far as your route, Iíve done it. Very nice relaxing drive if the weather isnít bad.
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June 6th, 2018 at 5:45:40 PM permalink
Quote: PokerGrinder

Haha snow chains, you southerners are funny. I donít even have winter tires, I use all season.

As far as your route, Iíve done it. Very nice relaxing drive if the weather isnít bad.



IDK about his route, but most passes in the Cascades have times when chains are required or they won't let you even try. The police make you stop, and they inspect your rig.

It's not a big deal to carry them. They go in a container about the size of 2 loaves of bread, they go on or off in less than 5 minutes.

But it ain't all about being South of the 49th, brah. You Winnipegians are Great Plains people. You don't know from mountains until the Canadian Rockies. 1558km west of you. I know for a fact you've driven the mountains, but living there? You have to have a plan.
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June 6th, 2018 at 6:07:13 PM permalink
Quote: PokerGrinder

Haha snow chains, you southerners are funny. I donít even have winter tires, I use all season.

As far as your route, Iíve done it. Very nice relaxing drive if the weather isnít bad.

It's different snow
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June 6th, 2018 at 8:38:02 PM permalink
Iíve driven through the Canadian Rockies and the American Rockies. I drove through Colorado trying to outrun a massive blizzard. I managed to only go off the road once lol with no damage I might add. Iíve had plenty of snowy mountain driving especially when in Wyoming. Wyoming is the worst!
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June 6th, 2018 at 9:10:04 PM permalink
I have driven that trip from Reno to Utah. It is boring but you can see for a long way in every direction. Speed limits on those Nevada roads are just a wink and a nod. A couple of small towns to pass through.

I am used to long-distance driving and so 8 hours is not a big deal to me. The only thing I would emphasize is don't drive a junker - you want a reliable car that will not break down. Otherwise, 8 hours could turn into 3 days.
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June 7th, 2018 at 3:10:16 AM permalink
I went from Reno along Interstate 80 (to W Wendover) on a casino chip hunt many years ago, so stopped at all the casinos en route. The driving bit was fairly boring. On the way back I came via Ely (Rte 93) then Fallon (Rte 50). Rte 50 was called the loneliest road ( https://unusualplaces.org/u-s-route-50-americas-loneliest-road/ ) and I hammered along at about 80mph.

Thus if you want an interesting trip I'd recommend using Rte 50 then Rte 93; it's longer but more scenic. However ensure you have a reliable car as there really are only a handful of villages on the bit West of Ely. Others will know whether it's better to stop of in Ely or W Wendover. Useless bit of info: W Wendover, even though it's in NV, is on Mountain time.

Sorry I don't know about the weather in winter, what roads are bad or where chains are needed.
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June 7th, 2018 at 5:20:46 AM permalink
I've done the drive on US-50 from Reno to Utah, but not on I-80. I gotta think they keep the interstate highways in good shape unless there is a blizzard moving through. Not sure where you are starting from, but as far as winter road conditions, I'd be more concerned about the stretch of I-80 through the Sierras west of Reno.

As far as distance to drive in a day, personally, the ~6 hr drive to W. Wendover would be fine for me. Although, I can see that being a bit much for some, especially with the kids. If you want to get farther than Winnemuca, but not all the way to WW on day 1, you might consider stopping in Elko (~4h 15m).

EDIT: Smooth, if the drive is too far for the family to be comfortable, have you considered taking the train to SLC & renting a car there? Rail travel doesn't suit everyone, but I find it relaxing and enjoyable. Your family may enjoy it more than driving.

I just looked at Amtrak's website, and round trip RNO to SLC for 2 adults & 2 kids is as low as $282, depending on your travel dates.
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