Coming to Colorado to ride? Some things to consider...

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by neduro, Apr 20, 2015.

  1. OldenSlow

    OldenSlow Been here awhile

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    What type of oil is best for riding in Colorado?
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  3. FatChance

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    HERE is another link for tourists.
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  4. HazMan

    HazMan Gettn' Dirtier by the Day

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    Thanks all for the insights on CO riding - I am just going to go ahead and get the OHV sticker - if I never needed it at least I put something toward keeping some trails open.

    Anybody got the scoop on camping in areas that are not formal campgrounds? I see a lot of pics of folks camping off trails but what are the rules?
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  6. GoatKiller

    GoatKiller Mister Sarcasm!

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    I'm an east coast rider who has come to Colorado and Utah to ride multiple times and will be back again at the beginning of May.
    Super appreciative of the efforts of many to make and keep riding available. Already have my stickers and to be perfectly honest, they are too inexpensive.
    I'm in NH and an in state sticker costs more than 60 dollars. We have hardly any legal trails available in the state and it costs that much.
    Charge me more! Maybe that is not what most think, but it's way cheaper than even a day pass to ski at Vail.
    Even if you just up the price for us tourons, if the money is being well used then I consider it well spent. I'm not rich but come on, I could find an extra 30 bucks in my annual trip fund.
    I come in the spring looking for more of the desert thing. I never expect to access the high country. 8500 feet max for that time of year.
    Not all out of staters are DB's and hopefully there are 100 good ones visiting for every 1 with entitlement issues.
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  7. Rodzilla

    Rodzilla Little short for a Stormtrooper

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    Great Attitude. Trust me we have plenty of issues with in-staters as well. Those that do live here feel pretty protective of it. But like you said there are many that come from areas where they don't have the goodness we have and so many just don't know any different (and many that think what they see on commercials is what is expected of them)
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  8. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 PITA but useful

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    Probably going to trailer out my DL next week to Colorado Springs. Make home base there and ride out to Moab, UT. Check out Pikes Peak.

    Any ideers on where to stay? Like park my truck and small trailer overnight? Camp KOA cheap or something else.

    Do I need an OHV sticker for my Vstrom and how much?
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  9. GoatKiller

    GoatKiller Mister Sarcasm!

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    Pretty sure if you ride trails, you need the sticker. 25.50 is the huge bill on that one I believe. Blm land is free to crash on.
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  10. Woop

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    Fun and free is Rainbow falls park road. Miles of atv and dirt bike trails, plenty of primitive camping. From Woodland Park go north on Sr-67 for about 10 miles. Turn right on rainbow park road. The staging area is a quarter of a mile on your right.
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  11. dtysdalx2

    dtysdalx2 PITA but useful

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    It was pretty cold up in the mountains so I didn't stay at Rainbow Falls.

    I had a great time though! Got in around 400 miles.

    I stumbled upon Skyline drive in Canon city yesterday, what a road!! :clap

    Also took 9 (shelf road) up to cripple creek. That was awesome :loco as well!
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  12. GoatKiller

    GoatKiller Mister Sarcasm!

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    Hey Guys, I'm looking for some suggestions.
    I am coming into the state to ride the Hard Rock in Canon City, and I need someplace nearby to ride on Saturday, the day before the race, and to crash at on Friday night.
    Will be driving Nonstop from New Hampshire, getting into the area in the late afternoon / early evening on Friday. Just some stealth camping is fine out of the back of the truck.
    On Saturday would love to get warmed up on Colorado soil before the race, and I do not want to mistakenly end up on any of the course. Do you guys have any good thoughts?
    Not too far away from the race from a driving perspective so I can get there still on Saturday and get settled in.
    If it was not obvious, I am on a small bike, street legal, stickered, and very comfortable on technical terrain. Singletrack would be great.
    I'm more used to riding from Vail west so I really do not know this area very well.
    I appreciate you giving up some of your local beta! If more comfortable putting it in a PM, I can completely respect the need to keep your secret stash from becoming the next Taylor Park.

    Thanks!
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  13. nada

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    @GoatKiller: you might consider Penrose Commons, which is ~10 miles east of Canon City. It's probably the closest option open to the public -- BLM land, so dispersed camping is allowed.

    It's not a huge area, but there are 30 miles of trails, some of which are "wide" single track (unfortunately, ATVs have become popular there, so the trails are widening as a result). You'll find a variety of terrain, from flat, smooth dirt to rocky, ledgy technical terrain. It often gets busy on nice weekends with dirt bikes, ATVs, and rock crawler 4WDs, and the parking area is small, but it might suit your needs before the race.

    Here's a link:
    http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/rgfo/recreation0/recreation_areas/Penrose_Commons.html
    Map of trails here:
    http://www.blm.gov/style/medialib/b...on.Par.72248.File.dat/Penrose_Commons_web.pdf

    The other option, but a little further out, would be Texas Creek, which is ~25 miles west of Canon City. Also BLM land, so dispersed camping is allowed. 45 miles of trails.

    Details:
    http://www.blm.gov/co/st/en/fo/rgfo/recreation0/recreation_areas/Texas_Creek.html
    Map:
    http://www.blm.gov/style/medialib/b...030.File.dat/Texas Creek Roads and Trails.pdf

    Hope you enjoy your time in Colorado, and good luck in the Hard Rock!
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  14. GoatKiller

    GoatKiller Mister Sarcasm!

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    Thanks nada for the ideas!
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  15. AlH

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    We have reservations to camp pretty much the entire month of June- starting north of Durango at Haviland Lake for 10 days and then moving to the Buena Vista area for the rest of the time.
    Or-
    we also have reservations mid August starting in the Buena Vista area then wrapping up at Haviland lake mid September.

    So which timeframe is more likely this year to find as many trails as possible open in the high passes?

    Unfortunately the campgrounds are pretty much booked in between these times...I made these reservations months ago to even get these dates.

    Thanks in advance and I'm prepared for a lashing for even asking...:drink
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  16. trikepilot

    trikepilot Been here awhile

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    Headed out on TAT around June 9th and found this thread as I researched the CO high passes. I am fairly certain that with the snow load CO has gotten this year that the high passes are going to be impassable. I have also found the Bushducks website where I have put all the dates for the last 5 years opening of the passes into a spreadsheet but there is nothing yet - of course - up for 2016.

    But if a rider was in Salida contemplating his fate going west on the TAT, what is the most up-to-date resource for determining the status of the passes? Is Bushducks about all I have? I am resigned to having to re-route around the snowed-in passes but want to try them if there is a shred of hope that I can get through.

    And then once I have made the decision to re-route around the passes, do any of you CO folks have suggestions for the best way to do it so that one still gets as much offroad TAT experience? Or am I pretty much going to be better off slabbing it around everything to somewhere over near Durango?

    Thanks in advance for any help!!
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  17. Rodzilla

    Rodzilla Little short for a Stormtrooper

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    RIGHT NOW (May 9th) the August time is mucho better. We had snow again over the weekend in the mountains. So really we are looking at only 3 weeks to melt out a 125% of average snow pack winter. Probably not going to happen. Even some of our "low" areas like Rampart Range are closed due to snowpack.
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  18. AlH

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    Yeah I'm thinking the same thing...glad I made reservations for both timeframes. Sure don't want to drive 1800+ miles (one way) to be thwarted in our plans.
    Thank you for your reply!
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  19. Cataract2

    Cataract2 Where to?

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    Add on the fact that the last report I read was there is a lack of red dust on the snow pack so it will melt slowly this year. Should mean we will have some good white water rafting this year that lasts throughout.
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  20. Rodzilla

    Rodzilla Little short for a Stormtrooper

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    Yea, I'll be able to water my dandelions this summer.
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