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Route: Gómez Palacio/Torreón to Durango
Date: November 30, 2000
Logged By: Mike and Terri Church
Vehicle: 19-foot Class B Van

000.0 Miles (000.0 Km) -- The route begins at the northern edge of Gómez Palacio where Mex 49 from Chihuahua meets the Periférico. Drive west on the Periférico, this route is signed for Durango. We will follow the Periférico and then the free road until it connects with Mex 40D (the toll road) west of town. We could also have driven north for a few miles on Mex 49 to a cutoff where Mex 40D (the toll road) heads west. The Periférico is an elevated four-lane divided highway.

006.3 Miles (010.2 Km) -- The road narrows from four to two lanes and becomes Mex 40 Libre (free road).

008.8 Miles (014.2 Km) -- The road enters the small village of Los Angeles, watch for topes (speed bumps). Vendors are selling walnuts, pistachios, dates, and pine nuts along the highway.

012.6 Miles (020.3 Km) -- Pemex #3513 on the left. It sells magna, premium, and diesel, is big with easy access, and has some parking for trucks in the rear.

013.9 Miles (022.4 Km) -- We reach the Durango toll road Mex 40D and take the on-ramp. You can stay on Mex 40 and drive all the way to Durango paying no tolls. You will average about 35 mph versus about 70 mph on the toll road. Most trucks take this route and since there are lots of ups and downs you will spend a lot of time grinding up hills behind slow trucks with no chance of passing. On the other hand, this is a very expensive toll road, particularly if you are a big rig. You will have chances to change your mind later in the day as the toll and free roads occasionally meet.

014.0 Miles (022.6 Km) -- Toll booth. Rates: auto - 59 pesos, two axles - 104 pesos, 3 or 4 axles - 120 pesos, 5 or 6 axles - 198 pesos.

045.8 Miles (073.9 Km) -- Exit marked Cuencamé. This gives access to the free Mex 40.

057.2 Miles (092.3 Km) -- Exit to and entrance from Mex 49 to Zacatecas. This also gives access to free Mex 40. You must pay a toll to exit.

057.3 Miles (092.4 Km) -- Toll booth. Rates: auto - 61 pesos, two axles - 95 pesos, three or four axles - 103 pesos, 5 or 6 axles - 182 pesos.

076.0 Miles (122.6 Km) -- Exit to and entrance from free Mex 40, marked as the Yerbanis exit.

076.6 Miles (123.5 Km) -- Toll booth. Rates: autos - 60 pesos, two axles - 75 pesos, 3 and 4 axles - 115 pesos, 5 and 6 axles - 195 pesos. This toll plaza had no sign listing rates, we had to ask the attendant.

109.7 Miles (176.9 Km) -- Exit to and entrance from free Mex 40.

136.8 Miles (220.6 Km) -- Toll booth. Rates: autos - 50 pesos, 2 axles - 84 pesos, 3 or 4 axles - 105 pesos, 5 or 6 axles - 160 pesos.

137.1 Miles (221.1 Km) -- Cut-off to Durango airport to the left.

140.4 Miles (226.5 Km) -- Intersect the outer Durango ring road or Periférico. To the left the ring road connects with Mex 45 to Zacatecas, to the right it connects with Mex 40 to Mazatlán. We continue straight, the road is called Boulevard Fco. Villa. It is a multi-lane boulevard. Lateral roads soon appear, any vehicle with duals on the rear must use the laterals (that means most RVs) or it may be ticketed.

141.4 Miles (228.1 Km) -- Pemex #4046 on the right, it has magna, premium, and diesel.

146.4 Miles (236.1 Km) -- Arrive at the cross street of Ave. Filipe Pescador. This is effectively the Durango inner ring road. Mazatlán is to the right, Zacatecas to the left, downtown Durango straight ahead a few blocks. A big statue of Pancho Villa on a horse is next to the intersection. Blvd. Fco. Villa changes names at this intersection and becomes Blvd. Heroico Colegio Militar.

See our book Traveler's Guide to Mexican Camping for information about camping in Durango.

Copyright © 2001 Mike and Terri Church