Mt. Evans was the most rewarding ride I had in Co. did it at the end of august and the night before hey had 7" of snow. Hands were frozen but at the peak the views are amazing and the looks you get on a motorcycle are pretty awesome lol.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.
Dammit, Smarty. I was just there in September and only hit about 75% of the roads you mention. Guess I gotta go back and complete the trip!Ok, lived in Colorado for quite a few years after raising my kids camping outside of Ouray for almost 20 years. Ridden every road that is worth riding in the state and there are a bunch of them.
Coming from Kansas, I would leave the trailer in Greeley, Co.
I would then ride to Loveland and go north on 287 until you can turn west on 14. Go west on 14 and go to Walden,Co. Nice little steak house and a couple of motorcycle friendly motels in this little town if you want to stay. If not keep on 14 until you come to 40 and go toward Steamboat Springs, great place to spend the night too and lots of choices. After that you could keep on 40 and turn south on 13 and then you can make your way to Glenwood Springs. Then go south on 82 and on to Aspen and that will take you over Independence Pass (great ride) and on into Buena Vista via 24. (good town to stay in also). Take 285 south to Hwy 50 and go west on 50 to Montrose. This will take you by Blue Mesa reservoir and The Black Canyon of the Gunnison both nice. Go south on 550 all the way to Ouray. Work your time out so you can spend the night in Ouray.
Next day back track 10 miles to Ridgway and go west on 62 to 145 which will take you to Telluride. After a stop in Telluride (don't stay here, overpriced and over rated) get back on 145 which takes you over Lizard Head Pass and on to Delores. Make you mind up here if you want to go to 4 corners and if you do that I would go to Mexican Hat and spend the night and eat at the Swinging Steak. Once you leave there, go back to hit 160 and it will take you to Durango. If you elected not to go to Mexican Hat, you would just go to Durango and make your way on 550 to the Million Dollar Highway to Silverton and back to Ouray for the night. The next day, I like to go back down the Million Dollar Highway the opposite way which looks completely different and go back to Durango and go east on 160 all the way to South Fork. At South Fork you go north on 149 which will lead you to Creede and north to Lake City. Somewhere between Creede and Lake City is where the Rio Grande river begins as a trickle. After Lake City you would continue north to Hwy 50 which is at Blue Mesa reservoir. Go east on 50 until you get to Hwy 9 and go north to Guffey and from Guffey take a really nice road to Cripple Creek, an old mining town and gambling town now. From there you take 67 to hwy 24 and go east and work your way to Pikes Peak and then you can go thru Garden of the Gods by way of Manitou Springs. To stay of the highway you can work your way north along the east side of the mountain range and work your way to Mt Evans. From there you have choices. Take some back roads and come into Grand Co. and come down thru Rocky Mt. National Park which will get you back to Greeley. There are so many choices to make and some great little towns along the way to stay. Check your mileage on this route and adjust for where you would like to stay. This trip I have done multiple times in both directions and does not disappoint. Others can chime in but this covers almost every great road in Colorado. There are some more great roads in southeast Co. such as the road of legends and more. Good luck, pm me if you have questions.