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post #1 of 26 (permalink) Old 01-07-2017, 10:09 AM Thread Starter
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Colorado summer trip suggestions

A group of us from Kansas are looking for recommendations on a Colorado bike trip. We are considering pulling Campers and bikes, finding a good campground as home base and ride in/out of there. Any recommendations are greatly appreciated!
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Just about anyplace you ride in CO is awesome. You can't go wrong just as long as you stay away from the big cities. The million dollar hwy is always a great destination and the southwest area of CO is a really nice area. I would recommend not having a base camp or home base instead just travel around to different areas and just setup for the evening. I alway do cheap hotels if I can when I do road trips, I don't need anything fancy just a place to shit, shower and shave that has a bed to sleep on and I'm happy.

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Whatever you do try and catch a concert at Red Rocks ... amazing

Mesa Verde National Park is pretty cool as well.
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Montrose area is a great place to use as a base to ride from for a few days.
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Only ridden there once (last fall), but found Colorado to be a challenge to the "home base" model. Best I could do was two nights in any one location. For example, we rode Colorado Springs to Ouray where we stayed for two nights. Spent one day touring Telluride and the canyon road towards Grand Junction, then headed down the Million Dollar Highway to Silverton and Durango, where we spent two nights so that we could take the steam train for a day-ride. Then off to other points of interest. Camping is cooler/cold at those altitudes, regardless of time of year. Awesome sights, though. Bring the GoPro and take tons of pics.
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Mt Evans highest paved road in North America, Pikes Peak almost as high but not quite, and the million dollar highway. Try to do one of them any chance I get.
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Glenwood Canyon just east of Gleenwood Springs is one of my favorites. San Juan Skyway is the SW corner is great too, it includes Silverton, Oray, Telluride and Durango.
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Every mountain pass is great. Hard to find a bad road, as long as it's paved. Lol Camping in Colorado can be very difficult on a motorcycle. Almost all camp grounds are first come first serve, so hard to plan for a sleeping place for the night cause there might not be any spots left. Also if staying in elevated areas it will be cooler and it also tends to rain more in those areas too. We camped on our Colorado trip last summer and probably won't try it again. It's just a lot more enjoyable and convenient finding cheap hotels. We didn't use the home base approach though either. New place every night, just too much too see in Colorado.
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post #10 of 26 (permalink) Old 01-09-2017, 12:51 AM
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Hard to go wrong... depending on where from KS you are headed and how long you are taking this is a good start...
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