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Will be in Durango for 4 days.

Looking for rides, routes and stops in the area.

Local knowledge on out of the way places would be appreciated.

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There is tons of great riding in the area. The riding in NM south of Durango is not as scenic as staying in CO. My favorite ride goes from Durango west on 160 and just before Cortez you can pick up 145 and go north which will eventually take you to Placerville where you pick up 62 and go east to Ridgeway where you pick up 550 and head south back to Durango. This is a great all day ride and you can do it twice just taking the route in the opposite direction because the scenery is kickass both ways. That route takes you thru some great little towns and just about everyone has a microbrewery in it so if you like microbeer your in a great area. There are 3 microbreweries in Durango there is 1 in Cortez, Dolores, Telluride, Ouray and 2 in Silverton. Silverton also has a HD t-shirt shop but the shirts are pricey and Durango has a HD dealer but t-shirts are pricey there to. The Steamworks microbrewery has a great cajun boil if you have a taste for that some night. That should keep you busy for a few days.
 

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There is tons of great riding in the area. The riding in NM south of Durango is not as scenic as staying in CO. My favorite ride goes from Durango west on 160 and just before Cortez you can pick up 145 and go north which will eventually take you to Placerville where you pick up 62 and go east to Ridgeway where you pick up 550 and head south back to Durango. This is a great all day ride and you can do it twice just taking the route in the opposite direction because the scenery is kickass both ways. That route takes you thru some great little towns and just about everyone has a microbrewery in it so if you like microbeer your in a great area. There are 3 microbreweries in Durango there is 1 in Cortez, Dolores, Telluride, Ouray and 2 in Silverton. Silverton also has a HD t-shirt shop but the shirts are pricey and Durango has a HD dealer but t-shirts are pricey there to. The Steamworks microbrewery has a great cajun boil if you have a taste for that some night. That should keep you busy for a few days.
+1 on what Ironmark says but if you only have time to ride the Million Dollar Hwy. one way ride it north out of Durango....either direction is great but south to north is best and yeah there is a difference. Of course that ride is so good you no doubt will want to ride it both ways. When your dropping down out of Uray into Ridgeway, though it doesn't feel like you're losing altitude, the heat will smack you in the face as you enter Ridgeway! They sell a cool Million Dollar Hwy. patch at the Harley dealer in Silverton, which is nothing but a t-shirt shop. The one in Durango is a full service dealer if you need something.

One other thing you can do if you take Ironmarks ride is go west on 160 from Cortez and go to the Four Corners where you can stand in 4 states at once. Its not far and kinda cool. There is an admission but not much and the lot is mostly gravel. As you travel west on 160 you are coming into the eastern edge of Monument Valley. From 160 you go north on some road to the Four Corners which the number escapes me but just follow the signs.

I did the very loop he's talking about, added the Four Corners and came back to Durango that night. Mesa Verde National Park is also in the area with some cool stuff but when I was there last year parts of it where on fire and they wouldn't let us in.
 

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There are 4 microbreweries in Durango sorry I forgot about 1.
 

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My favorite Durango brewery is Ska, but they are sorta out of the way from the rest of town. My favorite to be in the part of town where you can just walk is Carver Brewing. Good kitchen too.

I highly recommend heading east on 160 and stopping in Pagosa Springs. Small town. Pagosa Brewing has a great beer garden. Stay on 160 to 285 and 24 into Leadville. Take 91 thru Breckenridge to I-70 east to 119 to 72 to 7 and into Estes Park. From there ride Trail Ridge Road (34) thru Rocky Mountain Park and down to Granby and 40 to Kremmling. Then take 9 back to I-70 and head west to Glenwood Springs and 82 to Carbondale and 133 to Hotchkiss and then 92 down thru Black Canyon of the Gunnison. Then west on 50 to Montrose and head down 550 back to Durango.
 

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nice 1 day ride-north to Montrose-east to salida south over wolf creek to Durango--520 or so miles-absolute great ride.steamworks in Durango has good grits--diesel5
 

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Lots of great info here. My dad goes to Durango yearly to visit his brother. I didn't realize it was such a nice place. I would like to make my way out there one of these days.
 
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