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Old 07-09-2013, 08:56 PM   #1
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Cheyenne, WY to Taos, NM

I'm looking to do a trip from Cheyenne, WY to Taos, NM and back in one weekend. This is a group ride as we are heading to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire, NM. I was wondering if anyone else has been in this area could tell me if I-25 to Walsenburg and then taking 160 to 142 to 159 and then onto 522 is the best route or are there other recommendations?

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Old 07-09-2013, 09:38 PM   #2
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I'm looking to do a trip from Cheyenne, WY to Taos, NM and back in one weekend. This is a group ride as we are heading to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Angel Fire, NM. I was wondering if anyone else has been in this area could tell me if I-25 to Walsenburg and then taking 160 to 142 to 159 and then onto 522 is the best route or are there other recommendations?

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Nothing wrong with the route you've suggested. I've done it lots of times, and it's the most obvious route looking at a map.

Two alternatives are available:

1. take I-25 south all the way to Raton, New Mexico, then ride Highway 64 over the montains to Taos. This route is only slightly longer than the one you suggested, but the ride over the mountains is much prettier than La Veta Pass (the only forested section on the route you suggested.)

2. Go West at Walsenburg, all the way to Alamosa, then south on 285, and east on 64 into Taos. This route takes you over the Rio Grande Gorge shortly after you turn east on highway 64, which is a very cool deep canyon. This route is a bit longer, and otherwise very similar scenery to the route you suggested.

As it happens, I'll be riding from Laramie to Taos on Saturday, and I plan to take the alternative #1, for the nice scenery through the mountains.
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Old 07-09-2013, 10:15 PM   #3
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Thanks.

We were talking about talking your option 1 as our return trip. Looks like more research for me to do.

If you want to do the trip again you are more than welcome to come. Our primary group that is putting this trip together is the American Legion Riders Post 6, but we are inviting everyone who wants to come to go and have a fun weekend together.

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Old 07-10-2013, 06:49 AM   #4
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I have done this trip several time.. I prefer the La Vita pass to Raton only because of the traffic. If you get as far as Las Vegas check out the hot springs and Sound Chamber. Just take hot springs road you can't miss them.

I will be doing this ride and including some pueblos, lots of frybread, and couple of hot springs...
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I prefer Walsenburg/Ft Garland/Questa/Taos/Angel Fire.... going thru Red River is a scenic detour.

I probably most often do the Raton/64-Cimarron/Eagle Nest route though.

Coming back from Santa Fe I like the 'high road' route, or 434 up from Mora from the Sipapu side after the high road.
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I prefer Walsenburg/Ft Garland/Questa/Taos/Angel Fire.... going thru Red River is a scenic detour.

I probably most often do the Raton/64-Cimarron/Eagle Nest route though.

Coming back from Santa Fe I like the 'high road' route, or 434 up from Mora from the Sipapu side after the high road.
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Coming back from Santa Fe I like the 'high road' route, or 434 up from Mora from the Sipapu side after the high road.
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i prefer walsenburg/ft garland/questa/taos/angel fire.... Going thru red river is a scenic detour.

I probably most often do the raton/64-cimarron/eagle nest route though.

Coming back from santa fe i like the 'high road' route, or 434 up from mora from the sipapu side after the high road.
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Old 07-10-2013, 10:37 PM   #10
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Thanks for all the input. Gonna throw a map together tomorrow.
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Old 07-23-2013, 07:29 PM   #11
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Lodging

How about lodging in Taos? Any recommendations?

Thanks again.
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The El Pueblo lodge is a great place to stay' highly recommend it!
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There is ALWAYS a state trooper on La Veta Pass, and he has no mercy
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There is ALWAYS a state trooper on La Veta Pass, and he has no mercy
Thanks for the warning.
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There is ALWAYS a state trooper on La Veta Pass, and he has no mercy
AND, there are always deer in Ute Park (Cimarron Canyon towards Cimarron), as well as in Cimarron itself, in the early a.m. and late p.m., if you take the 64 route towards Raton on the return. They have no mercy, either.....

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