Coming to Colorado to ride? Some things to consider...

Discussion in 'The Rockies – It's all downhill from here...' started by neduro, Apr 20, 2015.

  1. arkansawyer

    arkansawyer Long timer

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    September 16-20. Is it starting to snow again by then?
  2. AlH

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    One thing I've learned about snow in CO from this thread and personal experience is- the answer is absolutely maybe.
  3. thechief86

    thechief86 jack of all daniels

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    Every time I've been to Colorado, I've encountered snow at a time when I least expected it. I've had June-July snowball fights, and got my 4x4 Tacoma stuck in April and May trying to get to Tincup. I've also found surprisingly warm days and passable trails in what should have been winter, and been up Pike's Peak in February, then snowed out in May.
    Mid-july through Mid September seems to be the time to enjoy high altitude fun. I've still seen snow year-round, especially in the San Juans, but it wasn't a hindrance late in the summer.
    I can't wait to go back. I wonder if I'll regret riding out on a big BMW, or if I should haul a smaller bike out instead...
  4. arkansawyer

    arkansawyer Long timer

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    I've got a pic of snow falling on Pike's Peak in June. I was on my hawk gt.
    Sept 16 week will be easy for me to get off work. Maybe I can figure out a way to get a week off in late August instead.
  5. Omi

    Omi Out of step

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  6. atokad

    atokad wan⋅der⋅lust

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    May 21st. 25 miles south of Denver at 6500' They did not see this one coming until a few hours before it actually started. Set a record low of 33 degrees that night. About 8" piled up on my car.

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  7. Meritlane

    Meritlane Been here awhile

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    OK, now show me some pictures of the nice weather in early June when I'll get there.
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  8. KennyV

    KennyV Been here awhile

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    I'll be in Frisco the second and third week of July. Sounds like I should pack ALL of my riding gear. Cold and warm weather stuff.
  9. GeoffMont

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    I've been riding around a fair amount here. Rode a decent section of Rainbow trail last week, we rode 30+ miles before we ran into snow. @Meritlane, early June isn't looking great.. Roads will all be clear but passes and weather will be a bit chilly. Looks like mid 50's and lows in the 20's or 30's. Indy Pass will be open June 1. @KennyV, you'll be good... I'd guess 70's and 40's at night..
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  10. KennyV

    KennyV Been here awhile

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    Thanks, really looking forward to our visit and riding.
  11. atokad

    atokad wan⋅der⋅lust

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    Clouds and rain. Just heard today May will close out as the 5th coldest May on record. Avg daily temp of around 51.5 degrees. :dirtdog Should be in low 60s.

    Anybody that can bring Summer with them is welcome. Just leave you're dam flooding and storms behind.
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  12. Colemanfu

    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    Anybody that can bring Summer with them is welcome. Just leave you're dam flooding and storms behind.
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    Leaving Florida next week for the 6 week CO Dirt Bike and Brew Tour!
    I'll bring the heat, were at that time of year when it's 90's every day and never get's below 70' ! :jkam

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  13. Yokomo

    Yokomo Dirt Rider

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    Going to the Salida/BV area tomorrow for family vacation. No riding this time. I've been looking at a Lat 40 map and was hoping to take them on some cruises in the Rav4 on Marshall pass and Old Monarch pass road.
    I'm guessing we won't be able to do that due to the snow? Correct?
    Any other suggestions to occupy the family while we're there? I'm guessing the river will be flowing awfully fast as well.
    Hoping for some warm and sunny weather!!
    Thank you!
  14. cidi

    cidi cidi Supporter

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    Marshall Pass is still snowed in. I think old monarch is closed as well. Check out 4 mile area outside of BV. Also off hwy 285 there is that mushroom gulch area -easy dirt road with some cool areas for short hikes.
    Also between BV and Salida are the Princeton hot springs. . Of course rafting season is on, and lots of outfits have easy raft stretches on the river ( the Arkansas is not raging as it has been too cold for the snow runoff to be in full swing)
  15. atokad

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    Coming to Colorado this summer you say? Wait, what's that? Summer has been cancelled? Yes it's true, still snowing at the higher elevations here. It's going to feel really crowded around here this tourist season because about 30% of you probably will be forced to lower elevations. I was at Copper Mountain today and the snow at the base lodge level was still about 2-3 feet deep between some of the condos there that line the golf course near the bottom of the Super Bee lift.

    https://advrider.com/f/threads/colorado-snowpack.1367394/

    This was near the top of Loveland Pass (11.991') on April 17th. I did not take a picture of when I went over it today, but it didn't look a lot different than this. Maybe 1/3 less snow and the piles along the edge of the road were gone. Temperature was 41 degrees at 2PM and it was 75 when I got back down to Denver.
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  16. Meritlane

    Meritlane Been here awhile

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    I’m in gunnison now, left telluride this morning. Other than bouts of rain and hail combined with crazy wind outside of montrose the weathers been pretty good. 38 degrees in telluride overnight.
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  17. Yokomo

    Yokomo Dirt Rider

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    Thanks cidi! We went, we say, we had a great time!!
  18. Yokomo

    Yokomo Dirt Rider

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    BTW - We went to St. Elmo and I bought a nice little keepsake and my puppy decided he wanted it as well. Still have it but it's torn up. Would anyone be willing to go get me another one and ship it to me in Kansas and I would pay you? I would really appreciate it!
  19. atokad

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    Nice rig. :thumb
  20. Mikemm

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    Ok, what the hell do I do with this new type of OHV permit. It’s not like ones I got in the past. It’s has 7 foldable sections, the bottom 3 are the mailer info, the middle one says “detach and keep with vehicle at all times”, and the 2 above that are printed “license not valid if detached”. So am I supposed to detach them or not? Only one section can be visible through the clear sticky envelope thing I’m supposed to stick to my forks....