Geek's Guide to Colorado.

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by Geek, Mar 8, 2010.

  1. HayDuchessLives

    HayDuchessLives Loquita

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    Thanks for the great info and photos - I'm subscribed. :D I'm also an avid hiker and backpacker and enjoy looking at this information from a non-motorized viewpoint as well! I'm riding one of my DRs down to the Lower 48 next summer to store somewhere so I can enjoy riding on some of the incredible dirt roads in the Rockies, especially my home state of WY.

    Happy trails!
  2. Brown Dog

    Brown Dog North Georgia Dual Sportr

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    Thanks again Geek :bow

    Im finally getting to go to Colo Aug 19 for 6 or 7 days of :ricky
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  3. Brown Dog

    Brown Dog North Georgia Dual Sportr

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    Just Wanted to Thank Geek for this VERY HELPFUL THREAD.

    It was my Bible for well over a year studying & preparing for my 1st trip up in
    The High Country.

    I just returned home from Colorado riding over 610 miles 6 days all around Silverton,
    Ouray, Lake City & Telluride :clap

    We did [not in this order] :
    Red Mtn Pass
    Eureka Gulch 3 times
    Gladstone / Lake Como
    Nellie Crk
    Maggie & Minnie Gulch
    Clear Lake
    California Pass :clap
    Engineer Pass :clap
    Cinnamon Pass
    Cork Screw Pass
    Hurricane Pass
    Stony Pass :clap twice
    Hancock Pass
    Picayne / Placier Gulch :clap
    Ophir Pass including the Rocky Trail :eek1 twice
    Kendall Mtn :clap twice
    Black Bear Pass / Bridal Veil Falls :clap twice
    Yankee Boy Basin :clap
    Wager Gulch / Carson :clap
    Imogene Pass :clap twice
    Ophir Tunnel twice
    Lost Trail Crk #821 :clap
    Poughkeepsie Gulch up & down :clap :eek1 :clap
    All of Alpine Loop
    Bolam Pass / Graysill Mine :clap
    Hwy 550 from Purgatory to Ouray :clap
    Rio Grande
    Rico
    Animas Forks 3 times
    Tom Boy Basin twice
    Creede
    Pearl & Heart Lakes

    That's all I can Remember :wink:

    Thanks Again

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  4. Oldone

    Oldone One day at a time!

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  5. FINNDIAN

    FINNDIAN Mine goes to 11

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    Tanks for posting up all this info Geek. Now I'm really anxious for my trip that way at the end of july.
  6. dieselcruiserhead

    dieselcruiserhead Long timer

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    Black Bear Road. "You don't have to be crazy to drive this road, but it helps..."

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  7. CBAT

    CBAT occasional wanderer

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    :lol3 :clap
  8. ColoSean

    ColoSean Yard-sale Expert

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    Nothing to see here in Colorado, pass right through. Maybe look into the great state of Illinois for adventure riding?
  9. Brown Dog

    Brown Dog North Georgia Dual Sportr

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    Dieselcriserhead,
    I've never heard that song, but have ridden Black Bear b4 :clap

    Listen to the words :D
  10. dieselcruiserhead

    dieselcruiserhead Long timer

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    Here's another good one and my favorite Colorado specific one - I love this song, and definitely listen to the words...

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    Bill Fries (aka C.W. McCall) was the mayor of Ouray in the 70s and 80s I believe. We has a marketing man from Iowa who wrote the "Old Home Keep on Truckin' Cafe" theme song for an ad for the Old Home Keep on Truckin' Cafe and it caught on and became a big hit. He then basically invented this personality for himself (which I think is completely awesome) and wrote about 5 or 6 really awesome songs.

    If you have a chance check them out on Youtube:

    Crispy Critters (completely funny, also a it's just a joke)
    Old Home Keep on Truckin' Cafe
    Classified (also -- completely awesome for anyone into cars). "Dog's name was Frank"
    Black Bear Road
    Wolf Creek Pass

    are my favorites... :)

    then there are more like CJ5, and Convoy.

    A lot of people say his music was behind the "truckin' " pop culture movement of the 70's with his hit Convoy. Which led to things like Smokey and the Bandit, etc, for better or worse...
  11. JackL

    JackL T plus 16 months

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    Hey,

    Thanks for the info. I'm sure I'll use it a lot when I move to CO in Aug. See you guys out there.
  12. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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    Independence Pass a few years ago - opening day-

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  13. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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    Squaw Pass, just west of Evergreen, Colorado-

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  14. Hondo

    Hondo What if it's a Samsquamch?

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    Just south of Silverton, Colorado, my 1983 Honda CB1000 Custom -

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    Ride report HERE
  15. cpeebs38

    cpeebs38 Say what....

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    Shouldn't be.... just might be once in a life time trip...

    Hey love this thread and we are coming to CO in June maybe the 3rd week. Let me jump to the question. 4-6 guys we want to rent a home base in a town or out in the woods (that is the question, which one) where we can ride out of each day and see as much of the good stuff as possible. :evil

    Bikes: KTM 690 Endure or lighter...
    Skill: I would like to think better then the avg Bear.
    Physical shape: Most of us should come back alive.:eek1

    Type of riding - Most of what I saw in this tread is perfect... Not looking for wide open gravel road but more challenging.

    Here is the catch.... 2 people are driving out with trailer (from NC) and bikes while the rest of us fly into Denver (cheapest) or unless you guy say "Hey Clayton fly into telluride well worth it" Is this possible or a good idea in your books? My thought is if some whats to take a day off having a home base is the way to go... We have 7 days.

    Finally I guess drive time from Denver to Lake City or Ouray (name the town) is a bit of a consideration as well as want to ride more and drive less:)

    Thanks for your input! :D

    Clayton
  16. mechahayai

    mechahayai Been here awhile

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    Great Pics!:1drink
  17. Brown Dog

    Brown Dog North Georgia Dual Sportr

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    We stayed at Silverton Hostell & rode 7 days with 640+ miles of absolutely amazing riding, Passes, Singletrack & Gorgeous Scenery :ricky :thumb :D

    We rode very few areas twice, with very little pavement to connect the loops around Telluride, Ouray, Lake City & Creede.
    Not bad without a silly GPS :wink:
    I'd do it all over again :deal

    I'm sure Geek & other locals will have much better info tho :lurk
  18. KHVol

    KHVol Long timer

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    Silverton or Ouray are the places to stay....in Ouray we prefer to stay in the Comfort Inn, Ted and Betty are great people and motorcyclists too. Step out of your room and just look up into the mtn tops, feels like you can touch the mtns from your front door. We have also rented a house there..

    http://www.ouraycolorado.com/ouray-lodging/cabins-condos-homes.php

    We have flown into Montrose which is only 45 mins from Ouray...another thought is to fly into Denver and sample the riding from Denver to Ouray...Monarch Pass, Old Monarch Pass is a great dirt road, Tincup, Taylor Reservoir, Pitkin Cumberland Pass, etc..there is a lot of great riding starting 90 mins out of Denver.
  19. cpeebs38

    cpeebs38 Say what....

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    Thanks for the post... It really helps! As we are on some what lighter bikes just want to reduce the road stuff as much as possible!

    Please anyone else have suggestions? :D
  20. KHVol

    KHVol Long timer

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