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It’s going to take longer than you think. Twisting mountain roads, single lane roads, and all the wondrous things to do every day are going to slow you down.

• Gas up. You can travel a hundred miles between fuel stops. Make sure all of your vehicles other fluids are full, too.

• Watch for animals. Free-range livestock grazing is commonplace out here – and if the cows and sheep don’t wander into the road, the deer might.

• Road Advisories. If a road advisory blinks a warning like “Steep Curves Ahead,” or “Chains or Snow Tires Required,” or advises you not to continue without four wheel drive, believe it. Carry water and – in winter – extra clothes and a small shovel.