Colorado planning for weather.

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  1. Folly1

    Folly1 Been here awhile Supporter

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    How late in Sept can I expect/hope to ride the Silverton-Ouray area? I will be on a sports tourer and do not want dirt or snow experience.

    Thank you.

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  2. ibgary

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    Depends on the yr. I rode over Wolfcreek, Slummgullion and Monarch in mid Dec a few yrs back. Cold but clear and dry. Just watch the weather the week of the trip. Sept should be fine.
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  3. Folly1

    Folly1 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Thanks,
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  4. 68T120R

    68T120R Been here awhile

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    Weather in the Rockies can be very unpredictable... It can and will change without much advance warning.

    Early June this year in the Black Canyon of the Gunnison.

    Bob

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  5. bikerfish

    bikerfish flyfishandride

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    Just count on hot, cold, dry, wet, possible snow. That should cover it.
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    Just have a Plan B. That time of year, if it is snowing up high, you can stay lower and still hit some great roads.
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    BUZZARD II Old Geezer

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    Very late May 1978. My buddy and I are on top of Loveland Pass, our first stop in the mountains coming from New Jersey. We're looking at the scenery trying to decide which way to go for the next three weeks.

    Another rider pulls up and asked where we are headed. We tell him we don't know, more or less west. He points north toward RMNP and says it's snowing up that way. We both turn and point south, "we're going that way.

    Three weeks, no snow, no rain no problem. We turned west in southern Colorado and made it to the Pacific and back by finding interesting places on the map and recommendations from other riders. Hottest weather, Mojave 115 , coldest Tioga Pass 27.

    It's the journey not the destination.
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    Folly1 Been here awhile Supporter

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    Thanks guys. I appreciate the local input.

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  9. oldmanb777

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

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    Probably great, but it could be a blizzard for a few days. Just totally unpredictable. I expect the Covid thing to really ramp up after tourist season winds down a bit. They don't want to scare away all the droves of tourists here now, so they will start trying to deal with it then. The tourist from hotspots have got to be spreading the disease . So expect lots of closings.
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  10. gaiaRTW

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    The weather is very unpredictable in the Rockies. Be prepared for some cold evenings in the higher elevations, and have an alternative plan at hand. Always keep an eye out toward the horizon for the cloud cover that spells rain, or worse, snow. Having experienced hail at 40mph on a mountain pass sucks.

    You should have a tarp with you at all times as part of your safety gear, if stuck in an area that has no shelter.
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  11. shu

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    Mid September your odds are pretty good for beautiful cool, cloudless days and dry roads. Towards late September you are pushing it: some years we'll get a snow, although, at least where I live, it seems that our first snows are coming later.

    I'd shoot for the September 15 myself.

    ................shu
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