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. RoadRdr

    RoadRdr Mostly Pavement

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    Great photos. I'll be out there next week. Two up on a GSA but PR4 Trail tires. I'm not sure about the passes. I'll stop and ask along the way.
  2. rgiroux

    rgiroux Invisible Man

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    Some are doable fairly easily. but, two-up? brave! For the most part, the passes aren't very difficult. Then, a rocky, steep, tricky short section comes along and kicks butt!

    The BDR routes aren't too difficult, except for the Alpine Loop section. Great ride up thru Pitkin and Tin Cup, over to Buena Vista.

    Best part is there are such great paved roads, too.
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  3. Gasket

    Gasket Wandering Samurai

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    I just logged on to get some information for an Australian friend who will be visiting the US to ride this November 10-21st. He and his friend Jon are world wide riders and I suspect pretty aggressive ones based on the miles they cover in 10 days. They generally rent BMW GSs.

    They will be riding Death Valley, Monument Valley and western Colorado this year. Einer mentioned Durango and the Rockies in his email to me but I am unsure what their route will be. I suggested that if he rode north toward Montrose on 550 he might be in for some bad weather. That was conjecture on my part since I've only ridden or driving through CO in early spring or summer. I was trapped in a freak snow storm one time outside of Denver in March. The next day was clear and warming though. It is most odd to stand in two feet of snow on a 60 degree day.

    I have forwarded to him a link to this thread and suggested he spend some time perusing the forum for additional information.
  4. Rodzilla

    Rodzilla Little short for a Stormtrooper

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    For those of you that have taken time to read this thread and make plans accordingly. As of this post (Jan. 2017) the mountains of Colorado are having a big winter. I know many put in their vacations early, so if that is you, you may want to push that June trip to July (or later). Now there is a LOT of winter left and *normally* March/April tend to give us the most snow, so what happens between now and summer, remains to be seen. But as of the early part of the season, we are well over average snow pack and likely in for a late(r) opening for many of the high trails.
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  5. tonymorr

    tonymorr Malta,NY(Saratoga Spring)

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    Thank you very much for the update. Me and some buddies are planning to be out the second week in July. I wanted to go later but that's the only time my one buddy could get. We're having a crappy winter here in upstate NY. I missed a couple opportunities to get out on the snowmobile and right now the trails are crap :-(
  6. trikepilot

    trikepilot Been here awhile

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    I am no CO expert, but this time last year I was listening to all the doom and gloom reports here about what an epic snow year it had been (110% of normal snowfall...) and getting really bummed about my options to get thru the passes on the TAT on my June trip. I was resigned to being forced to detour around on pavement. But when I got there on June 20th, I found this

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    I am not sure about it, but I think this is the highest point on the TAT. We had lots of snow around us in places, but the roads had been plowed and we got thru on nothing more than some wet ground. So have faith and go see what you find!!
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  7. Cataract2

    Cataract2 Where to?

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    Well, this year I think I saw many parts with 150% snow fall so......
  8. fred flintstone

    fred flintstone Long timer

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    One thing you can do is monitor snowpack and other related variables near where you plan to ride. NWCC/Snotel data is good to monitor, for example here is a chart I made for Wolf Creek Pass. Using their tools, shows cumulative precip and snow water equivalent current season to date, compared to last year, and the average/median 1981-2010. Blue/black is this year, yellow/green last year:

    https://tinyurl.com/gr89jrd

    Updates every day. You can see we're already ahead of the entire last year in terms of snow water equiv (on the ground) with 2 months or more of snow left to go. One more decent storm and we'll be at median snow water eq for entire year 1981-2010.

    Main page is here with maps and so forth showing you where stations are and what you can plot. Bottom line this has been a very heavy snow year.

    https://www.wcc.nrcs.usda.gov/index.html
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  9. Malthound

    Malthound Whiskey + Amazon = Bike toys

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    Gawl durnit, You shared that tool and now I won't get any work at all done today. :flush
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  10. Dranrab Luap

    Dranrab Luap E-Tarded

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    I was researching ATV riding in the Crested Butte area. I go out there nearly every summer and have taken my bicycles. This year I am thinking about taking an ATV. I stumbled across this new law that affects residents and non-residents alike.

    http://cpw.state.co.us/buyapply/Pages/RegistrationsOHV.aspx
  11. Rodzilla

    Rodzilla Little short for a Stormtrooper

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    You're right Trikepilot. Hope for the best....plan for the worst. The key here is if you have the option and this is your "trip of a lifetime" you increase your odds by pushing back to a later date. For some, a change of plan is part of the adventure, for some it's a deal breaker. SO many people start the "Doing the TAT in May, or Coming to CO for Memorial Day" threads, just want to point out that we are currently heavier than normal for snow (and it's snowing hard right now in the mountains)
  12. Rodzilla

    Rodzilla Little short for a Stormtrooper

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    Not really a "new" law, but a realignment of old regulations.

    Off highway vehicles, both in/out of state have required an OHV sticker

    Difference now is Locals need to show proof of ownership when getting a new sticker
    Plated bikes need a permit sticker (same price) as you can't have dual registration on a vehicle (Plate regs veh as on-road/sticker registers bike as off road...can't do both)
    Non-plated bikes get the OHV sticker (registers vehicle as off-road)

    95% of the money goes back into the trails
  13. fred flintstone

    fred flintstone Long timer

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    Just an FYI, with the most recent storm the snowpack on 3/1 at the Wolf Creek Pass snotel site (see URL in prior post above) exceeded 1981-2010 median snowpack for the entire year. This is with 2 full months yet to go in the heaviest part of snow season. This is going on all over SW CO, eg here is similar at upper San Juan site, right across the divide, well past median already

    https://tinyurl.com/hzrxcgt

    Wolf Creek ski area just crossed 32 ft cumulative. Plan your spring riding accordingly.
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  14. cidi

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    On the topic of COLORADO OHV STICKERS....your funds at work for summer 2017[​IMG]
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  16. tonymorr

    tonymorr Malta,NY(Saratoga Spring)

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    That is awesome! It's nice that they keep trail users informed. I'll be coming out with 6 friends July 8-16. We will all be sure to get stickers and tread lightly!
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  17. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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  18. GoatKiller

    GoatKiller Mister Sarcasm!

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    Heading back out next Thursday!
    Small bikes, riding again between grand junction, green river, and Moab.
    Hoping for good weather!
    Also hoping to not run into another hail storm!
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  19. De Oppresso Liber

    De Oppresso Liber Been here awhile

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    JP, what the heck are you doing all the way out there?! Lucky Bastid! If my vacation time gets approved, I'll be out that way the last part of July with a few friends. I've never been out there so I'm really looking forward to it! I hope most of the snow is melted by then on the trails!
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  20. Shawnspeed

    Shawnspeed Been here awhile

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    I'm planning a tentative TAT ride in August with an Arizona OHV stickered bike. Is my understanding correct: Utah has reciprocity with Arizona so I don't need to buy a Utah decal. What about Colorado, Idaho and Oregon? Anyone know?

    Thanks
    Shawn
    Phoenix