Ample, Open Parking
Limited Food Options
Convenient location to stop between Denver & Salina with more parking than many Pilot stores. Basic c-store type food with a Subway on the side.
Pilot Travel Center in Colby, Truck Stop Kansas Review
Fifty miles east of the Kansas/Colorado border on Interstate 70 is the agricultural community of Colby, Kansas. I’ve stopped there a lot and usually find myself staying a while when I-70 in Colorado is closed in the winter.
This Pilot Travel Center seems just a little larger than many I’ve seen across the country and they do a decent job maintaining things, though it’s not spectacular. It’s seems they’re usually short-staffed when I’ve been by this truck stop.
This last visit, one staff member was stocking cigarettes, so a manager came up to the register to help customers. As I was waiting in the growing line, the manager told me to come up to the next register and loudly said the other lady could help me. I heard the other lady say she was finishing up stocking, to which the manager quietly told her, “customers are always first priority”. I know the other lady isn’t new there as I’ve seen her several times on previous visits.
Anyway, kudos to the young female manager who handled the situation swiftly & proactively with much tact.
Pilot claims to have 90 truck parking spaces at this location, though I’ve seen a lot more trucks than that parked here – especially in bad weather. The spaces are all diagonal, which is nice.
One of the things I really like about this place is the open layout, making it really easy to get around the lot. The parking lot is paved, clean and well-lit.
You’ll find 8 diesel lanes here, equipped with DEF at the pump. While this isn’t a regular fuel stop for me, I’ve fueled here quite a few times and find it’s hit or miss as to whether you’ll have clean water to wash the windows or a squeegee which isn’t beyond it’s expiration date (they should have expiration dates).
The restrooms are about average for this size of truck stop. I didn’t have a wait, but did notice they could really use a cleaning.
Pilot offers 5 shower rooms at this truck stop and I always find them to be pretty decent. I love the fact that there is always plenty of hot water and the water pressure here is powerful!
Whoever the shower room attendant is, they’re doing a fine job of keeping things clean and tidy. Enough so, that I felt fine about leaving a gratuity, even though I’ve become much tighter about when & where I tip.
Pilot in Colby has a very small “hot deli” or hot case, serving hot dogs, egg rolls, chicken strips, a couple plastic-wrapped burgers & such. Hard to tell how long that food has been in the case, though, as my burger was about as easy to chew as chunks of a blown tire. OK, I’m only guessing about the tire bit, as I haven’t really tried one – but the burger was nasty.
There is a small Subway inside this location but I’ve tried them before with some rather negative results later the same evening.
Aside from those, there’s the standard convenience-store fare in coolers & on shelves.
If you need to do laundry out on the western side of Kansas, there is a laundry room here. Near the laundry is a tiny game room. There’s also WiFi which is hard to connect to from the parking lot and, of course, a CAT scale.
A hotel across the street would give you opportunity to get out of the truck for the night. Other than that, you’d need to go west to the next exit for more options.
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