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Old 03-20-2013, 09:33 AM   #1
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Question camping Salida area?

The wife and I are headed to the beautiful C O this summer and looking for fun, isolated places to camp, or maybe rent a cabin. We will be there the end of June, beginning to July. I plan to rent a dual sport bike for one or two days, and would like some ideas on good dirt roads, trails, ect. We will be travelling out that way in an 2wd car, so no tough dirt roads to camping area. We prefer roadside camping, not really into big crowded campgrounds.

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Old 03-20-2013, 10:16 AM   #2
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Taylor Park is great . Lots of good maps and books on the area .
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Ruby Mountain campground up towards Buena Vista is a good forest service campground on the banks of the Arkansas River. Basic toilets, no showers, but easily accessible. It is also one way to access the four mile riding area, so convenient to get right out on trails! Take a raft trip while you are out. Browns Canyon or the Numbers are pretty fun!
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I'll check out Taylor park and Ruby mountain this evening via google. Just curios what all this looks like on a map. Any links to threads or elsewhere is appreciated. I like the idea of being close to a good riding area that offers plenty of hiking and other options. Maybe I can rent a bike for a few days and take short rides when the wife doesn't have me busy doing other things.
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Looks like we will be camping at Ruby mountain. Found some info on the area, and seems right up our alley! Looks like I will be renting a bike for three days . Thanks for the tips!
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Looks like we will be camping at Ruby mountain. Found some info on the area, and seems right up our alley! Looks like I will be renting a bike for three days . Thanks for the tips!
Good choice and a great time of year to be out here.

If you want to mix it up a bit beyond trail riding... we should have a nice mello river flow this year—you could rent an inflatable kayak or stand up paddle board from Colorado Kayak Supply and float a few easy miles of the river from Johnson Village right down to your camp ground, with a pit-stop at River Runners for beer fish tacos.

Feel free to shoot me a pm if you have any specific questions about the area.
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Looks like we will be camping at Ruby mountain. Found some info on the area, and seems right up our alley! Looks like I will be renting a bike for three days . Thanks for the tips!
Keep in mind there isn't a ton of shade at this campground and it gets crazy hot during the day. Not a huge deal, just be aware.
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Looks like we will be camping at Ruby mountain. Found some info on the area, and seems right up our alley! Looks like I will be renting a bike for three days . Thanks for the tips!
Great riding out there.
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Question San Isabel

How is camping and small dual sport riding around San Isabel? I was planning to camp at ruby mountain, but it's just to far away the bike rentals that I know of. Is there something I should look for near Boulder?
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Just an FYI the weather change alot in a short amount of time or a short distance. Always carry warm cloths and rain gear if you can. Many times it's sunny on one side of the hill and raining like crazy on the other side.
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There is Rampart Range, which pretty much parallels I-25 from Denver to Colorado Springs for 60 miles and extends
to the west another 50 miles. Lots of riding in there. Some really good places to camp. Great fishing. It is about 45 minutes from Boulder. KYSHO.
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I will be camping at the KOA in Cotapaxi July 4-10.
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Old 03-23-2013, 02:26 PM   #13
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I will be camping at the KOA in Cotapaxi July 4-10.
Better bring a big cooler for lots of ice and beer and a sun shade cause it will be a hot sunny beach but a PERFECT
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