Westfest 2013

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by COXR650L, Nov 19, 2012.

  1. SgtMarty

    SgtMarty Retired, baby!

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    Has anyone gotten in touch with the campground for reservations yeet? I keep getting an answering machine.
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  2. COXR650L

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    Sgt,


    The last time I talked with them they siad they were going out of town around Christmas/New Years, maybe they are still gone.

    Have you left a message? I think their hours are hit or miss anyways in the winter :confused.
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  3. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    ben you got me. ok, just marked my calendar and on the bucket list.

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  4. COXR650L

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    Awesome Joel:clap
    What kind of bike are you going to be on?


    I got a few questions about the kind of riding and just wanted to say this again.... even though the area is known for the single track and Taylor Park there is tons of Dual-Sport and Adventure Riding in every direction, for any size bike:deal, that offer that amazing Colorado experience.

    Also, if you have family or other people coming that may not want to ride all the time Buena Vista has all kinds of unique shops, rafting, hiking, restaurants, etc that offer more than enough entertainment for a few days.
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  5. NSFW

    NSFW ktm's "the tourist"

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    ben, i am planning to take the 350excf and xr400, or maybe leave 1 to make room for a buddy if he joins me. i have a van which can haul 2 bikes, unload them and become a sleeping quarter.

    i ride a ktm 640 most of the time here in the west, but it gets high altitude sickness. i did the rmar event in silverton last year, and enjoyed that. now i'm hooked and need to see more of colorado....:tb
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  6. COXR650L

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    Nice, the 350 would be a perfect bike for the Taylor Park area, but still get in a lot of the Dual Sport opportunities:deal

    Some stuff from the area......

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  7. COXR650L

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    Dual Sport and Big Bike Stuff..........

    Here is some ideas of the rides and scenery for the dual-sport and big bike/street crowd.

    Big Bike/Street....


    Hwy 24 from Buena Vista into Aspen. This is a scenic route that is paved the whole way and goes over the highest paved pass in North America, Independence Pass. After lunch ride up to the Ashcroft Ghost town.

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    Leadville....

    Easy Ride up Hwy 24 along the Arkansas River. Amazing views around Leadville and the opportunity to explore one of the first Gold Rush Towns.

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    Poncha Springs...

    South of Buena Vista Poncha Springs has riding in every direction including Monarch Pass and Old Monarch Pass, a big bike friendly route with great views .

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    St Elmo Ghost Town...

    Just outside of Buena Vista this is an easy ride full of history.

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    Dual-Sport....

    Otto Mears Toll Road into Bonanza.

    This historic road has many old mines and is full of history.

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    Cottonwood Pass....
    Paved on the east side from Buena Vista and then easy gravel on the back side, this scenic pass is the gateway to Taylor Park. There are all kinds of riding opportunities from Single Track, Daul-Sport and Big Bike Gravel riding.

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    Weston Pass....
    North of Buena Vista on Hwy 24 Weston Pass offers a great dual sport route with hwy, gravel and 4x4 roads that can be linked into a nice loop ride, finishing with the narrow gauge railroad tunnels.

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    Sounds like fun:wink:
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  8. siyeh

    siyeh Lawn Nazi

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    The folks at the campground answered the phone today. I reserved the day before AND the day after WestFest.

    my tiny honda is gonna get a good Colorado beat down I reckon

    I got three weeks off work

    is it august yet?
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  9. COXR650L

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    Great!! I know, summer cant come fast enough:evil

    Where else you going during the vacation?
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  10. siyeh

    siyeh Lawn Nazi

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    100% in Colorado
    Last summer the fires kept me out of a few areas so I need to fix that.
    In no particular order:

    WestFest
    Ouray
    Steamboat/North Park
    Lake City
    Meeker/Flat Tops

    Will buy beer in exchange for local advice and or guide service :freaky
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  11. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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    I'd suggest hitting an event every weekend (Moose Run, RMAR, etc) and do some exploring during the week. The summer's here in Colorado are packed; post up what weekends you will be in state and we'll point you in the right direction.
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  12. COXR650L

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    Sounds like it will be a fun couple weeks:deal.

    Im sure you will have no problem in the summer finding people to ride with in each area.

    PM me as it gets closer if you need advice with riding around Ouray/ Lake City area. I dont know much about meeker or the flat tops though :cry.

    Post up any questions in the Rockies section and you will get plenty of resposnes for both places and people to ride with.
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  13. siyeh

    siyeh Lawn Nazi

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    Ya I'm gonna stay real flexible. There's so much of Colorado I have not seen yet. Can't do RMAR got out bid on the vacation schedule. :cry I have been in The Flat Tops 3 times but I was riding a horse with a .300 Win Mag in a scabbard. Want to see what it looks like without 3 feet of snow!
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  14. Pablo83

    Pablo83 Sleep, Wrench, Ride

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    Looking for elk? Did you get one?
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  15. siyeh

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    Yep, one elk one mule deer in those three trips

    me loves me some Colorado mountains
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  16. COXR650L

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    In one of the previous posts I mentioned a few ghost towns, but wanted to go more into depth on several more of the ghost towns in the area....Some history of each town courtesy of the internet:deal

    Most of these are big bike friendly and can be tied into tons of great riding opportunities.

    St. Elmo

    "St. Elmo is a ghost town in Chaffee County, Colorado, United States. Founded in 1880, St. Elmo lies in the heart of the Sawatch Range, 20 miles southwest of Buena Vista. Nearly 2,000 people settled in this town when mining for gold and silver became evident. The mining industry started to decline in the early 1920s, and in 1922 the train discontinued service. The community is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as St. Elmo Historic District. It is one of Colorado's most preserved ghost towns"


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    Hancock and the Alpine Tunnel

    "Hancock served the workers who built the famous Alpine Tunnel. Its main population peak was in the 1880's and 1890's while the tunnel was being built. Mining was secondary in Hancock. The tunnel was completed in 1881, but the train ran through Hancock carrying miners, passengers and supplies. It is said Mark Twain took the ride one time just for the experience. The tunnel ceased operation in 1910 and the last mine in Hancock closed in 1926 with the passing of the last passenger train. Today one can still make it to the Alpine Tunnel entrance in a 4WD"

    "Alpine Tunnel is a 1,772 feet (540 m) narrow gauge railroad tunnel located east of Pitkin, Colorado on the former Denver, South Park and Pacific Railroad route from Denver to Gunnison. At an elevation of 11,523 feet (3,512 m), it was the first tunnel constructed through the Colorado Continental Divide, and according to the U.S. Forest Service "remains the highest railroad tunnel and the longest narrow gauge tunnel in North America." However, it did not last long in service. Construction began in January 1880 and was scheduled to last for six months but instead dragged on till July 1882, and the line was abandoned in 1910 due to minor damage in the tunnel. Now the tunnel is sealed shut and the remaining trackbed serves as a trail for hikers and off-road vehicles."

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    Tincup

    "Tincup, or Tin Cup, originally called Virginia City, is an unincorporated community in Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. The community was once a prominent mining town. Tincup is now a community of summer homes with a few year-round residents. Many historic buildings are still in use."

    "In October 1859, prospector Jim Taylor panned some gold from Willow Creek, and carried it back to camp in a tin cup; he named the valley “Tin Cup Gulch.”. For years the area was the site of seasonal placer mining, but no year-round communities were established, partly because of the danger of Indian attack.
    In 1878, lode deposits were discovered in the area, and the town of Virginia City was laid out in March 1879. By the 1880 census, the town had a population of 1,495. Virginia City was incorporated in August 1880, but confusion with Virginia City, Nevada, and Virginia City, Montana, caused the residents to change the name. The town was reincorporated in July 1882 as Tin Cup.

    Early Tin Cup was a violent place. Town marshall Harry Rivers died in a gunfight in 1882, and marshall Andy Jameson was shot to death in 1883.
    The town population declined when the mines were exhausted. The post office closed in 1918, and the last town election was held in 1918.
    The Boothill Cemetery is located just south of the town."

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    Vicksburg & Winfield

    "Vicksburg was founded after prospectors from Leadville camped out in Clear Creek Canyon and their burros wandered down to the creek. The next day the prospectors found their animals and also found good float in the creek. Many towns sprang up along the creek including Vicksburg which today has about 10 standing cabins along with a great museum that is open on the weekends."

    "Winfield, initially called Florence and then Lucknow, was founded in 1881. Two prospectors looking for a shortcut to the Gunnison country camped one night at the confluence of the North and South Forks of Clear Creek. During the night their mules strayed from camp. The next morning the men found the mules beside the creek. They looked down and saw gold flecks in the stream bed. Winfield was founded at this spot. However, copper and silver, not gold, were the primary ores removed from the area. The last ore was hauled out by stage in 1918. In its heyday in 1890 the estimated population was 1500 people. The post office existed from 1881 to 1912. Today there are 10-12 private summer cabins. The old schoolhouse and Ball cabin are maintained as museums by the Clear Creek Canyon Historical Society. The old cemetery is located approx. 1/4 mile N. of the town. Twenty-six people are buried there. However, only the grave markers for the two Aude children remain. One of the children, Fred, was the first person buried in the cemetery on June 28, 1885."

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    Independence

    "Independence is located just west of Independence Pass and the Continental Divide. The winters were long and brutal and when mining went "belly up," much of the town was deserted with many heading downhill to the town of Aspen. Today, one can walk around the remains of Independence as it is located adjacent to Highway 82 with a parking area."

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    Bonanza
    NOT IN IDAHO:lol3

    The Town of Bonanza is a Statutory Town located in Saguache County, Colorado, United States. Formerly known as Bonanza City, Bonanza is a largely abandoned former silver mining town. Bonanza is a Spanish language word meaning a rich mineral deposit. The town population was 16 at the U.S. Census 2010, making Bonanza the second least populous incorporated town in the State of Colorado.[4] The Villa Grove Post Office (ZIP Code 81155) now serves Bonanza.

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    Turret

    "By 1898 there was a demand for lots in the growing town. New homes were going up as quickly as the timber became available. Daily mail service became available in 1898 when a post office was opened in the town. The Hotel Gregory, said to have been a pretentious two-story building with a front balcony on the second floor, seemed to be a gathering place for newcomers seeking their fortune in the mining of gold, silver and jasper. Down the street from the hotel stood the town saloon. The town also boasted several stores, a couple of assay offices, a church and a few restaurants.There was a butcher shop that supplied the settlers with fresh meat and poultry. The Rocky Mountain News reported that in May of 1898 there were 300 people living in Turret. In the early years of the town, a stagecoach came up twice each week from Salida. Soon, during that same year, a daily run from Salida was established."

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  17. siyeh

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    Made another campground reservation today. After 4 days in Buena Vista for WestFest, I git to spend 4 days near Lake City. Now I need to figure out just were to camp the 4 days before WestFest. I am thinking maybe Walden/North Park?
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  18. COXR650L

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    Hey Im not sure how you are getting down here and I dont have alot of experience in Norther Colorado/Wyoming, but I have done the Continental Divide Trail though the general area in the Medicine Bow Ntl Forest. I don't know how feasible it is from Wisconsin, but could you pick up the north part of the CDT down into Colorado for Westfest?? That would be one bas ass vacation:evil

    If you don't get any response here post up in the rockies forum I am sure you will get a lot of suggestions on the walden area for camping.

    Looking forward to this summer!:wink:
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  19. clang

    clang Not lost, Exploring!

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    Where is the official "IN" list :ear

    Uzume and I are paid and "IN" BTW :clap
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  20. COXR650L

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    Thanks, Its up on the first page of the thread now.
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