First trip to Colorado. Need advice

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  1. KYwoodsrider

    KYwoodsrider Been here awhile

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    I'm making my first trip to Colorado riding a Super Tenere from Kentucky.
    My ultimate destination is Ouray however I need a place to camp one night in eastern Colorado.
    I have been looking at Lake Pueblo State Park and Mueller State Park.
    Any advice on these or any others?
    I would like to avoid the Denver area.
    Thanks in advance.
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  2. Earache

    Earache Hola!

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    Let me know when you're coming out - I'm also on a Tenere and could show you around a bit of you'd like. Plenty of room here at the house as well.
    I'm about 45 miles west of Denver.
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    oldmanb777 Just say NO to socialism! It's a bad drug!

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    There are places on the Arkansas river that can be nice. It's part of the "Mountain or River" route of the Sante Fe trail. Stop at Bents Fort. There are numerous reservoirs along that route that you can camp at. For more out of the way places. The Canyonlands of South East Colorado are amazing, and usually missed.
    South of La Junta is Vogle Canyon, and Picketwre. Check out Amache Internment camp, again worth the stop. Great locations. What time of year?
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  4. KYwoodsrider

    KYwoodsrider Been here awhile

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    I appreciate the offer. I plan on being in Colorado 8/16 - 8/20 and heading back to KY on the 21st.
    Are you by chance going to the Arkansas Tenere rally in April?
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    KYwoodsrider Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the info.
    I'll check it out and try to include some of this in my route.
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    I'll be around here on those dates - gimme a yell when you get out this way.
    I'm not much of a rally person really, so no, I won't be there.
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    Colemanfu King of all manfu

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    I have a masters degree in dirt bagging Colorado :deal. Have you checked out the app Ioverlander? It a guide for all sorts of camping including FREE!
    If your lookin for free, 2 come to mind that may fit your plans (it all depends on your route), one north of Woodland Park and one near Divide right off 24 which would be on your route if traveling from CS to Ouray (also have a sweet free one close to Ouray. Let me know your thoughts and I'll give more detail if it fits your plans. Also a CO brewery expert. :evil

    Here's a vid of the camp near Divide......

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  9. KYwoodsrider

    KYwoodsrider Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the info. I also looked at your 2019 ride report. Really awesome and a lot of good info as well.
    Right now I am thinking about riding from KY to Trinidad Co. since I want to avoid St Louis and Kanas City and staying at Trinidad Lake State Park.
    1st day - riding to Ouray taking hwy 149 up to hwy 50 and working my way over. I rented a small cabin in Ouray to use as a base camp
    2nd day - explore south of Ouray, Silverton area
    3rd day - maybe ride to Moab
    4th day - head back east and find a place to camp around Co Springs, maybe Mueller State Park. Since you like Buena Vista maybe trying to find a place there.
    Unfortunately the next morning it will be "hammer down" for 2 days back to KY.

    Any other routes, roads, places to see would be appreciated.
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  10. DADODIRT

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    Skip Moab. Better in spring or fall. There's plenty of riding in SW Colorado.
    Be sure to do the loop - 550 to 160 west to 184 to 145 north to 62 back to 550. My $.02 is that it is best in that order from Ouray. Opinions may vary, but not many opinions have ridden it as many times as I have.
    Another good street loop from Ouray would be 62 to 145 north to Gateway on 141, 50 east to Delta, then 92 east out past the black canyon, then 50 west to 550. Don't miss that eastern stretch of 92. Even if it's out and back from 50 for half an hour or so. August will be hot for this ride, but not as hot as Moab!
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  11. KYwoodsrider

    KYwoodsrider Been here awhile

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    Thanks for that advice. Looks like 2 really nice loops.
    I'm thinking about staying at Mueller State Park on my last night and Pikes Peak is only about a hour away. Is it worth the effort or just bumper to bumper traffic?
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    Good question for a front range inmate. 28 years riding in Colorado and I haven't been up there yet!
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    What route are you taking to Colorado?
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    KYwoodsrider Been here awhile

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    I live in central KY and I want to avoid St Louis and Kansas City so I plan to ride west through Paducah and cross the Mississippi at Cario, IL.
    From there over to Wichita then Trinidad Co.
    Plan to camp somewhere in central Kansas the first night then Trinidad State Park.
    From there I'll head up to Ouray where I have a cabin for a few days.
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    Be careful of Cairo. It is the most post-apocalyptic place I have been to. I have been through it on US51 through it several times, and all but one involved a cop pulling behind me as I entered, and following me thruogh the entire town. Which, if you look at Google maps, the city limits include a loooong stretch of road in most directions. So they can drop the speed limit way down in the middle of nowhere and write tickets. It must be the main revenue source for the place. Nothing else is open or making money, that's for sure.
    If you cross the Ohio River at Wickliffe to Fort Defiance, head south to cross the Mississippi immediately into MO on US62. Even so, you will be in a speed trap region, within the city limits. Be careful. An do not head north into Cairo proper. View it on Google street view and you will see what I mean.
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    KYwoodsrider Been here awhile

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    I looked at the map and staying on US62 would be the best route.
    I'm going to the Tenere Rally in western Arkansas in April and I'll probable that that same route
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    I live a few minutes from Mueller. Ensure you reserve way in advance, that place fills up quickly. There are several others in the area though, so you should be good. Take a look at Phantom Canyon road from Canon City up to Victor/Cripple Creek-it's a great ride. If you hit me up a day or two in advance I can meet you in Canon City and show you the route up. My wife is from your neck of the woods, so I suspect I will be making the opposite trip from time to time to get more seat time. Good luck on your trip.
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  18. KYwoodsrider

    KYwoodsrider Been here awhile

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    Thanks for the advice. I'll check out those routes. I've already made my reservation at Mueller so I should be good assuming the virus doesn't keep every thing shut down.
    Where is your wife from?
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  19. mikek

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    few years ago, we took a trip to colorado, trailered out from nc. i hauled my klx650 and a friends klr650. We camped at Tarryall reservior west of pueblo co. Great rides for 10 days, actually best ride ever. ENJOY your trip....
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    If you find yourself in Rico, CO give a shout.
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