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Howdy, planning a trip to Colorado around mid-August. The plan is to ride all the good, paved roads in CO. We have about a week and a half to do so. We would be camping most of the trip. Anyone have advice on where to start, ride, camp, etc.

 

We will trailer the bikes to west OK pandhandle and then start riding.

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Pike's peak

RT 550 million dollar hwy.

RT 145

RT 141 up to Gateway

Mt Evans

Rocky mtn NP.

 

Should take you about a week at a pretty relaxed pace.

 

Pat

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Rocky mtn NP.

 

Pat

 

I would recommend doing Trail Ridge Road, US HWY 34 from Estes Park to at least Grand Lake, or go on to Winter Park, over Berthoud Pass and on back Denver. At least once a season I "do the loop" on the way to work. I go up Coal Creek canyon to Pinecliff, then to Nederland, on up Peak to Peak Highway to Allenspark, and on into Estes Park. I like to stop at the Bighorn Restarurant in Estes. Good breakfast place. It is on the West end of Elkhorn Drive. If you get into the park by 0700, you miss much of the traffic on Trail Ridge. If you don't have National Parks pass, you will have pay $10(?). Be prepaired for cold at 12k feet. Going early also helps you miss the frequent early afternoon thunderstorms. I have run into rain/snow/sleet in July and August, be prepaired! The Park Police really like to hang out on the flats on the West side. Getting a ticket in a National Park can be a very bad thing. I come on south to Granby, catch US 40 over Berthoud Pass(also goes over 11k feet), hook into I70 and on to work. I suspect that if it was my first time on those roads, I would spend the whole day making that loop. Lots to see, many scenic view pull outs, and technically challenging roads.

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San Juan Skyline. And as many passes as possible.

Take a look at the Butler map. They show and highlight the best roads, with description and all.

dc

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Danny caddyshack Noonan

Mt Evans

+1 on that. Rode it today. Had to sit down for a minute when I got lightheaded. It's high up but really cool. 31 degrees cool and huge wind. Still cool.

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Just got back from a similar ride. Since others covered riding, I'll touch on camping.

 

Lathrop SP is OK, Eleven Mile was a bit better. Kebler Pass and Independence Pass have some very nice areas. I really enjoyed camping near Almont, but the road from Almont to Taylor Reservoir is under construction....Cottonwood pass is an option, and Taylor Reservoir is very nice.

 

Blue Mesa and the Black Canyon were probably my favorites,but Monarch Pass was spectacular as well....anything on the Arkansas river is really nice. Cripple Creek is a cool little area with a bit of night life and gaming.

 

Really depends on what you're looking for in a camping spot....amenities and entertainment or the pristine unspoiled beauty of the Rockies

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Pike's peak

RT 550 million dollar hwy.

RT 145

RT 141 up to Gateway

Mt Evans

Rocky mtn NP.

 

Should take you about a week at a pretty relaxed pace.

 

Pat

 

 

 

Yeah baby.

 

We did RMNP last July.

 

Took this pic off of one of the overlooks.

 

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Danny caddyshack Noonan

One more. Guanella Pass.

Guanella Pass

 

It has about a mile or so, maybe more, of dirt on the south side before you pop out on Co 285.

Spectacular vista up on top, cool road.

 

Nice ride on US 40 from Winter Park to 70. Big climb, great mountains.

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This was my plan for June 7 to 15, 2012. It includes 10 of the 14 best motorcycle roads in CO, according to the guy who wrote the book.

 

 

7 Day One: 120 miles Get organized at the airport and take a short 3 hour ride through Clear Creek Canyon and up the Peak-to-Peak Highway to Estes Park. Alpine Trail Ridge Inn, $135, 9 rooms booked, http://www.alpinetrailridgeinn.com/

 

Lunch depends on when we are ready to go.

 

June 8 Day Two: 300 miles Cross Trail Ridge Road through Rocky Mountain National Park (12K+), Berthoud Pass (11K) Loveland Pass (11K) and at least one more at 12+ (Monarch Pass) to Gunnison. ABC Motel, $65, 9 rooms booked, http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g60740-d83265-Reviews-A_B_C_Motel-Gunnison_Colorado.html

 

Lunch at Breckenridge Brewery

 

June 9 Day Three: 300 miles, West on 50, up 92 along the North Rim of the Black Canyon, to Delta, to Whitewater, down 141 by Gateway to Naturita, the 145 and 62 to Ridgeway and on down 550 to Ouray, Ouray Victorian Inn, $95, 9 rooms booked, http://www.victorianinnouray.com/home.html

 

Lunch at Karen's diner in Gateway, http://www.tripadvisor.com/Restaurant_Re...y_Colorado.html

 

June 10 Day Four: 120 miles Down the Million Dollar Highway to Durango, and over to Mesa Verde National Park, arriving at lunch time to spend the afternoon seeing the cliff dwellings. Far View Lodge, $108, 9 rooms booked, http://www.visitmesaverde.com/accommodations/far-view-lodge.aspx

 

June 11 Day Five: 280 miles Up the other side of the San Juan Skyway past Telluride and on to Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park, then up to Cedaredge for the night. Cedaredge Lodge, $90, 9 rooms booked, http://www.thecedaredgelodge.com/index.html

 

Lunch at the Red Barn, http://redbarnmontrose.com/index.htm

 

June 12 Day Six: 280 miles Over the fantastic Grand Mesa, over to Aspen and over Independence Pass (12K+), then up through Leadville (at 10K) and on to Eagle, in the Vail /Beaver Creek area. Eagle Lodge and Suites, $110, 9 rooms booked, http://eaglelodgecolorado.com/

 

Lunch at the Hickory House in Aspen, http://www.hickoryhouseribs.com/a.aspen.lunch.html

 

June 13 Day Seven: 260 miles Up to Steamboat Springs, over the Cache de Poudre and back around to Estes Park. Alpine Trail Ridge Inn, $135, 9 rooms booked, http://www.alpinetrailridgeinn.com/

 

Lunch at the Drifter's Cookhouse in Gould, http://www.drifterscookhouse.com/

 

June 14 Day Eight: 185 miles Back down the Peak-to-Peak and up to the top of Mt. Evans (14K+), the highest paved road in America, then back to the Denver area to load the truck(s) to carry the bikes back. Country Inn and Suites, Denver Airport, (9 rooms booked) $125, http://www.countryinns.com/denver-hotel-co-80239/codenair

 

Lunch at Kermitt's Roadhouse in Idaho Springs: http://www.kermitts.com/

 

Prices are per room, for one or two guys. At some point, I will need to know who wants to double up and who wants his own room. Cost will be between $450 sharing and $900 single per man for lodging. Single may not always be an option, depending on the final count of riders. I have booked all rooms with 2 beds. I can cancel rooms as needed until May, but adding may be a problem as time goes on. All the places have food, beer and wine at or very nearby. All, but maybe Cedaredge, serve breakfast. The hostess at Cedaredge is not a morning person. While I will keep the group open until February, it will be first committed-first confirmed. I'm sure that the trucking will have similar requirements.

 

1850 road miles in all.

 

Except for the Poudre, which was closed due to wild fires, this is the awesome trip we just finished.

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Litigator, sounds like a well thought out plan, wish I was available to ride on the dates planned. My riding pard and I won't be able to make the trip until mid August. I will however use the information you provided, THANKS.

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Missouri Bob

The Park Police really like to hang out on the flats on the West side. Getting a ticket in a National Park can be a very bad thing.

 

On the subject of speeding and tickets, let me add some warnings. My town, Nederland, has become a speed-trap. The limit is 25mph and it is zealously enforced. Between Ned and I-70, 30 miles south, is CO 119 through Gilpin county. The maximum speed permitted there is 45, and it seems that the Gilpin sheriff does not allow much leeway.

 

The worst part of riding in Colorado during the summer is sharing the road with tourists who drive below the posted limit on two-lane roads.

 

Bob

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Looking for a place to park my truck and trailer somewhere around the Denver area, anyone have room? Trailer (Kendon) can be turned up on end to save room. Tentative plan would be to leave truck/trailer at location from 15-24 August.

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