Cheyenne, WY to Taos, NM

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by Rescue Wagon, Jul 9, 2013.

  1. Rescue Wagon

    Rescue Wagon Been here awhile

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    I'm looking to do a trip from Cheyenne, WY to Taos, NM and back in one weekend. This is a group ride as we are heading to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire, NM. I was wondering if anyone else has been in this area could tell me if I-25 to Walsenburg and then taking 160 to 142 to 159 and then onto 522 is the best route or are there other recommendations?

    Thanks,
    James
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  2. Cowboy

    Cowboy Ceteris non Paribus

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    Nothing wrong with the route you've suggested. I've done it lots of times, and it's the most obvious route looking at a map.

    Two alternatives are available:

    1. take I-25 south all the way to Raton, New Mexico, then ride Highway 64 over the montains to Taos. This route is only slightly longer than the one you suggested, but the ride over the mountains is much prettier than La Veta Pass (the only forested section on the route you suggested.)

    2. Go West at Walsenburg, all the way to Alamosa, then south on 285, and east on 64 into Taos. This route takes you over the Rio Grande Gorge shortly after you turn east on highway 64, which is a very cool deep canyon. This route is a bit longer, and otherwise very similar scenery to the route you suggested.

    As it happens, I'll be riding from Laramie to Taos on Saturday, and I plan to take the alternative #1, for the nice scenery through the mountains.
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  3. Rescue Wagon

    Rescue Wagon Been here awhile

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    Thanks.

    We were talking about talking your option 1 as our return trip. Looks like more research for me to do.

    If you want to do the trip again you are more than welcome to come. Our primary group that is putting this trip together is the American Legion Riders Post 6, but we are inviting everyone who wants to come to go and have a fun weekend together.

    Thanks again.
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  4. heyoka rider

    heyoka rider riding=my addiction

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    I have done this trip several time.. I prefer the La Vita pass to Raton only because of the traffic. If you get as far as Las Vegas check out the hot springs and Sound Chamber. Just take hot springs road you can't miss them.:evil

    I will be doing this ride and including some pueblos, lots of frybread, and couple of hot springs...
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  5. Blakebird

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    I prefer Walsenburg/Ft Garland/Questa/Taos/Angel Fire.... going thru Red River is a scenic detour.

    I probably most often do the Raton/64-Cimarron/Eagle Nest route though.

    Coming back from Santa Fe I like the 'high road' route, or 434 up from Mora from the Sipapu side after the high road.
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  10. Rescue Wagon

    Rescue Wagon Been here awhile

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    Thanks for all the input. Gonna throw a map together tomorrow.
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  11. Rescue Wagon

    Rescue Wagon Been here awhile

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    How about lodging in Taos? Any recommendations?

    Thanks again.
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  12. _Magoo_

    _Magoo_ master of disaster....

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    The El Pueblo lodge is a great place to stay' highly recommend it!
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  13. MurphCO

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    There is ALWAYS a state trooper on La Veta Pass, and he has no mercy :deal
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  14. Rescue Wagon

    Rescue Wagon Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the warning.
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  15. Johnny of STORK

    Johnny of STORK motorcycles-boats-horses

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    AND, there are always deer in Ute Park (Cimarron Canyon towards Cimarron), as well as in Cimarron itself, in the early a.m. and late p.m., if you take the 64 route towards Raton on the return. They have no mercy, either.....

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  16. Big_John

    Big_John Ridin 4 the King

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    I just rode to Taos and back from Colorado Springs the past couple of days. I avoid I 25 as much as I can, running the little paved roads to the west of I25......and some dirt. I imagine that you need to hookem and make time, so dirt detours are probably out of the question. But there is one detour, that will add about an hour that is certainly worth it.....

    Highway 12, or Highway of Legends that wraps around the Spanish Peaks, from Walsenburg to Trinidad. I rode it two days ago and saw deer, elk and two bears. I then rode from Trinidad over Raton Pass on I25 (which is a good interstate run)......on highway 64 to Taos. It's a beautiful ride.

    On the way back, I rode north on 522, to 159 and then west on 160. At the top of La Veta Pass, I did detour north on dirt.....for a few hours.....ending up on 78 into Pueblo.....but I only recommend that route if you have 3 hours to add to your ride time.

    By the way, do yourself a favor and skip that horrible, free hotel breakfast.......and haul yourself down to Michaels Kitchen for a phenomenal breakfast!



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    Stayed here with my wife when we rode this path year before last - nice comfy B&B.
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