Best ADV easy route from SLC to Denver, round trip?

Discussion in 'Americas' started by RuckusRider2, Jul 20, 2020.

  1. RuckusRider2

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    I'm going to do my first ADV ride with my Africa Twin from SLC area to Denver in a couple of weeks, round trip, what would be the most scenic/interesting route that isn't technical off-road? I'm OK with some pavement, as long as highway travel is minimized. I'm a decent intermediate offroad rider, but nothing crazy since I'll be solo. I'm from Oregon and want to explore Utah and Colorado while visiting myh son in Denver.... Have about 7-10 days. Highway 40 from Spanish Fork to Denver?, round trip somehow? Thanks for any advice!
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  2. Bullseye

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    I only have one small contribution to your route... last year, I rode from Soldier Summit up along Reservation Ridge... similar route to Utah BDR Section 4.
    The riding was easier than I had thought it might be... you'll see RV's up along the ridge. The route eventually continues down into Argyle Canyon as you make your way East.
    Eventually, you're going to have to head North or South to get across the Green River.
    I'll attach two tracks... BDRish from Soldier Summit and then another variation of BDR from Wellington down to i70 (also very easy) if you choose to drop that far South.

    Both tracks are pretty high-speed, if you're comfortable off-road, you'll be able to complete all of this from Spanish Fork in one day with daylight to spare.

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  3. Bullseye

    Bullseye Mr. Bad Example Supporter

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    Not sure if 2nd track posted, let's try again...

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  4. oldmanb777

    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism! It's a bad drug!

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    In Utah head to Flaming Gorge. From there Browns Park. Head through Steamboat, and take Buffalo Pass over to North Park. Willow creek pass to Stillwater pass rd. Still water Pass to Granby. Unfortunately there are not many good ways from there to the disaster on the front range. But head to Berthoud pass, then down to I-70. I would avoid I-70 and take much of the frontage road. At Idaho Springs head over Squaw Pass to Evergreen.
    Just an option. There are many others.
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  5. RuckusRider2

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    Thank you Bullseye and oldmanb777, very helpful info!
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  6. wbbnm

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    I don't know what I am talking about here. Oldman's suggestion sounds pretty good.

    It seems like the big mountains might be a significant obstacle to getting from SLC to Denver on gravel roads.

    You might want to look into the TAT. You would have to head south quite a ways to pick it up, maybe somewhere around Green River. And then you would have to head back north to get to Denver.

    The UTBDR and the COBDR might be useful for doing the north/south legs.

    I suspect the last 50 miles into Denver will be pretty unpleasant.
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