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Old 10-23-2009, 07:34 AM   #1
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if you didn't live in the Rockies Region? I'm going to head west next year and am not sure where I want to ride. The original plan was to go to Moad find a somewhat central place to stay/camp and just head to a different trail everyday and ride back. Now I'm not sure I have been reading some ride reports and websites on Colorado and the riding and scenery looks great. So question is if you had to choose a place to ride for a week would it be Moab or Colorado,and what part of Colorado would it be?
I really don't wanna haul all my gear everyday and want to stay off road,but will be on a plated bike so I will be able to do roads if needed to get back to camp.
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Old 10-23-2009, 07:42 AM   #2
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From Indiana?

July-September Colorado: the San Juans (ouray/silverton/telluride)
March-June or Oct-Nov Utah: Moab
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Old 10-23-2009, 07:53 AM   #3
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What time of year? What type of bike? what type of riding do you prefer,single track, ledges,sand, or twisty mountain roads (slab) with a little gravel mixed in?
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Old 10-23-2009, 07:56 AM   #4
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if you didn't live in the Rockies Region? I'm going to head west next year and am not sure where I want to ride. The original plan was to go to Moad find a somewhat central place to stay/camp and just head to a different trail everyday and ride back. Now I'm not sure I have been reading some ride reports and websites on Colorado and the riding and scenery looks great. So question is if you had to choose a place to ride for a week would it be Moab or Colorado,and what part of Colorado would it be?
I really don't wanna haul all my gear everyday and want to stay off road,but will be on a plated bike so I will be able to do roads if needed to get back to camp.
The best times of year for SE Utah are late April-Early May, and late September-Early October.

If you want the best of both worlds, head out in mid-September to the San Juans. If the weather is bad there, hop over to the Utah desert.
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Old 10-23-2009, 10:16 AM   #5
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July-September Colorado: the San Juans (ouray/silverton/telluride)
March-June or Oct-Nov Utah: Moab
Good, concise info. Those are the general calendar slots I look at for SE Utah and SW Colorado, though March can be a crapshoot sometimes for Moab. The fall slots for Moab actually might be better overall, as you can still access the La Sal mountain trails which are awesome with the trees turning color and such. Spring is usually a little muddy in many places in the La Sals.

If you go to Colorado, I'd definitely recommend the SW portion of the state..especially your first time. I go to Colorado every year in August and have ridden over most of the state. I find the Silverton/Ouray/Telluride areas to be the best and have the more numerous trails suited for most dual sport bikes. The heavy mining history also makes for a neat addition to the obviously excellent scenery...no disrespect intended for the rest of an extremely beautiful state.

Are you going alone or with other riders? SE Utah and Moab have some fairly remote routes if you're going alone, but many of the classic rides will have some tourist passersby if you have some serious trouble.
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Old 10-23-2009, 11:07 AM   #6
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What time of year? What type of bike? what type of riding do you prefer,single track, ledges,sand, or twisty mountain roads (slab) with a little gravel mixed in?
I'm thinking mid June on when I will do this. I will be on a DRZe, my buddy on Husky 610, were both decent riders IMO. And yeah all the types of riding you mentioned would be fine,we like the single track but twisty mountain roads would be fun also.

At some point I will need jetting ideas for my DRZ also,so if anybody rides one it would be helpful.

From ride reports on here Moab seems to be the place and has the famous trails like the White Rim trail.
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Old 10-23-2009, 11:23 AM   #7
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SW Colorado is good, I prefer Taylor Park outside of Gunnison. Pearl Pass, Taylor Pass, Tincup, Hancock, Tomichi, Schofield passes. Plus you could go over to the Buena Vista area and ride four mile. South to Lake City and you have the San Juans. Just
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Old 10-23-2009, 11:50 AM   #8
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Sucks man, but Colorado is closed for non-resident riders during the summer months. Just pass through to UT, or go South to NM.

Fines for non-residents caught riding in Colorado during the summer months will be terrible. You'll have to ride some sick Colorado single track, and take pictures & witness views that are second to none!

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.
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Sucks man, but Colorado is closed for non-resident riders during the summer months. Just pass through to UT, or go South to NM.

Fines for non-residents caught riding in Colorado during the summer months will be terrible. You'll have to ride some sick Colorado single track, and take pictures & witness views that are second to none!

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Old 10-23-2009, 03:02 PM   #10
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Sucks man, but Colorado is closed for non-resident riders during the summer months. Just pass through to UT, or go South to NM.

Fines for non-residents caught riding in Colorado during the summer months will be terrible. You'll have to ride some sick Colorado single track, and take pictures & witness views that are second to none!

Sorry to be the bearer of bad news.

I will accept the punishment if I get caught
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