Steamboat to Moab - off pavement

Discussion in 'GPS Tracks - Rockies' started by bsheet2, Dec 23, 2011.

  1. bsheet2

    bsheet2 Been here awhile

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    Hi folks. I am trying to work out a route that is mostly off pavement from Steamboat Springs to Moab via Grand Junction. I have attached a GPX file of my draft route. If some of you know this area, can you tell me if these sections are off pavement and decent roads??? Will be loaded up with camping gear on a DR650. So I do not want to get into anything too technical. But would like to stay off the pavement and see some nice back country.

    If you can help, I would appreciate it.

    Oh, trip is planned for next July. So hopefully the snow will be gone.

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  2. eakins

    eakins Butler Maps

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    ever run out RCR29?
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  3. bsheet2

    bsheet2 Been here awhile

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    I have never ridden in Colorado or Utah at all. LOL. Am planning a two week trip next summer to join the fray. I will make roughly a triangle in that area. The CDT and TAT will make two of the sides of the triagle. I have those routes. Now I need to connect Steamboat Springs to Moab.
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  4. bsheet2

    bsheet2 Been here awhile

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    Ok , I looked up RCR 29. Looks like it runs east out of Steamboat Springs. I will capture that as a possible day trip out of Steamboat if we get some extra time there. Thanks!

    But I am hoping to get some input on those roads I have selected headed south west to Grand Junction.
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  5. Pantah

    Pantah PJ Fan from Boston

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    Hello bsheet2 - You should join AAA to get their maps or buy a Colorado Benchmark Roads and Recreation Map. It is sort of a book and you can get them on Amazon for about $20.

    I imported your route onto my basecamp software, which uses my CityNav NA maps. I then cross referenced with my Benchmark map book.

    It looks like you have a mix of maintained and not so maintained dirt county roads to Buford. They should be smooth sailing if dry. It gets sketchy after that. It looks like CR245 is good (Newcastle-Buford Rd) until you turn off on #825 going into Rifle Falls Park. My Benchmark map labels that a 4WD road. I presume that means it could be tough. From Rifle Falls Park you have pavement all the way to HWY 13.

    The road you pick up after the I-70 is marked as a maintained dirt road. This road (330) turns paved about half way to your next intersect with I-70. I think it turns paved just before you get to Coltran.

    From there you are on pavement all the way to Gateway. The John Brown road from Gateway to Moab is maintained dirt. These roads are labeled scenic on my Benchmark. In fact most of your paved sections are labeled scenic.

    The 4wd section is from between Buford and Rifle Falls Park. The road is #825 just off of The Newcastle - Buford Rd. If too tough just go back and get the Newcastle - Buford rd and ride into Newcastle. Either that or go back the way you came and pick up CR8 west to Meeker.

    Seems like a good route. Hope that helps.
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  6. bsheet2

    bsheet2 Been here awhile

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    Thanks so much for your help! That sounds exactly like the kind of route I was shooting for.

    I am a member of AAA. I will stop by the local AAA store and see if I can get their maps.

    Thanks agai!
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  7. Jeff@TheQuadShop

    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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    Run the Kokopelli trail from Grand Junction to Moab...

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  8. bsheet2

    bsheet2 Been here awhile

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    Jeff, thanks for the info and file! That last picture looks a bit tough for bikes loaded down with camping gear though. Is this the only spot li8ke that on this trail?? Or is there a buch of stuff like that?
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  9. Jeff@TheQuadShop

    Jeff@TheQuadShop TAT survivor

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    Yeah, it's really the only real hard spot (it's not really that difficult). There is one other spot thats pretty rocky but it's on a down hill. I was on a XR600 loaded down with my camping gear. I was on my way back home from riding the TAT.
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  10. bsheet2

    bsheet2 Been here awhile

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    Well I will certainly keep this route. We may well give it a try rather than do all that pavement in my current route through that section.

    Thanks!
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  11. nwcolorider

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    <style> <!-- /* Font Definitions */ @font-face {font-family:Cambria; panose-1:0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0; mso-font-alt:"Times New Roman"; mso-font-charset:77; mso-generic-font-family:roman; mso-font-format:eek:ther; mso-font-pitch:auto; mso-font-signature:3 0 0 0 1 0;} /* Style Definitions */ p.MsoNormal, li.MsoNormal, div.MsoNormal {mso-style-parent:""; margin:0in; margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:12.0pt; font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-ascii-font-family:Cambria; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:Cambria; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-hansi-font-family:Cambria; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;} @page Section1 {size:8.5in 11.0in; margin:1.0in 1.25in 1.0in 1.25in; mso-header-margin:.5in; mso-footer-margin:.5in; mso-paper-source:0;} div.Section1 {page:Section1;} --> </style> I will look over your file, in the meantime, here are two of my favorites. I start in Craig, I just altered it for Steamboat South


    CR 33 west out of the boat, to CR 27, short paved section west to cr 37

    Cr 37 to cr 37D(it heads south) it will run to CR 29. Head west about 15 miles you will hit a Y between CR 29 and CR 55 to Continue west on CR 29 in Routt County to Hamilton Colo.
    South on Hiway 13 for 10 miles to Moffat County CR 51, west, about 3 miles of pavement. Then MCR 32 west, when 32 connects with mcr 57, Just South of Maybell CO, you may need gas. Maybell has it. Then numerous CR roads will take you to Elk Spring CO. Hit the Yampa Bench Trail thru Dinosuar NatÂ’l Monument. From there, go to Rangeley CO, to Dragon Utah, over Baxter Pass to Fruita CO. GREAT ride

    Or at the Y intersection go south to Trappers Lake and Ripple Creek Pass.
    This will turn to Rio Blanco CR 8. Go to Buford CO, head south on CR 17, it will turn to Garrfield County 245 to Rifle CO. You will have about 15 miles of pavement after Rifle Falls State Park.

    From Rifle, numerous options up over Battlement Mesa, south, or West on the Roan Plateau will get you to Junction.


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  12. bsheet2

    bsheet2 Been here awhile

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    Thanks! I will check these out.
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  13. nwcolorider

    nwcolorider NWCOLO

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    My second one is pretty much what you have marked.
    the first route I posted is some of this ride report from Geek.

    Running of the dinosaurs
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  14. bsheet2

    bsheet2 Been here awhile

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    Nice looking route! Thanks a bunch for taking the time to share these with me.

    The pictures in the ride report look awsome!
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