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Old 12-25-2012, 07:26 PM   #1
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Easy, but Scenic Off Road Routes ?

I'm planning a 2 week vacation to central and SW Colorado next summer and would like to do some relatively easy off road routes. I'm 55, from Iowa, with only about 2 years riding experience and will be on a BMW R1200GS Adventure. I've had limited off road experience - just gravel roads around Iowa, so nothing too challenging.

I heard about Engineer Pass and watched some videos, and figured it was beyond my abilities right now. I'll also be riding alone, so don't want to try anything stupid. Recently got a Butler map and was thinking about the Kebler Pass road to Crested Butte, and also Cumberland Pass and Cottonwood Pass east of Crested Butte.

I would appreciate any recommendations for routes and also time of year to be out there.

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Old 12-25-2012, 07:52 PM   #2
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There is plenty to do that is nowhere near the difficulty of Engineer, cinimon etc.

Lost creek to west creek, terryall, and much more is easily available to you on the front range and is not a scary "solo' tour. The scenery is typical Co. so you know it will be boring...
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Old 12-25-2012, 08:00 PM   #3
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You have picked some excellent choices. They can be connected with some slab routes that are great as well. You can do Willow Creek pass to Rand, cut accross to Buffalo Pass to Steamboat. The West Side of Buffalo Pass can be a little challenging, but well within the capabilities of the GS. If you want to head farther north, across the Wy. border. The Snowy mtns are great as well. nice spot is Rob Roy Res. A Great Slab route is over Battle pass from Encampment toward Baggs, but cut off toward Steamboat res. Great ride there. Boreas Pass is easy and a nice ride from Breckenridge to Como. Also a great loop is from Cripple Creek (gambling town) down through Phantom Canyon to Canon City.(best winery in Co, The Abby) then back up to Cripple Creek via Shelf rd. Or you could continue down to Jim Bishops Castle.
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Old 12-26-2012, 06:47 AM   #4
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If you're planning on being out around the end of July, maybe you can join us at The RMAR Rendezvous.

http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=820184
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Old 12-26-2012, 07:11 AM   #5
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Thanks for the route advice.

The RMAR Rendezvous looks like a great event to attend. Guess that settles my question about best time to head out there. Do I need to be a member to attend?

Any other route recommendations would be appreciated.
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Old 12-26-2012, 07:52 AM   #6
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Independance Pass although paved is a great ride and if you do it East to West you can hit the good Cottonwood Pass road from Carbondale over to Gypsum. From Gypsum cut down to Dotsero and take the river road along the Colorado River to McCoy and then drop down to State Bridge and catch the Trough Road over to Kremmling. From Kremmling you have a lot of alternatives also. You can always ride the canyon to Hot Sulpher Springs and take the third Cottonwood Pass over to Tabernash.
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Old 12-26-2012, 08:12 AM   #7
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Easy and scenic = Owl Creek Pass
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Old 12-26-2012, 08:19 AM   #8
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Don't forget Last Dollar Road between Ridgway and Telluride.
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Old 12-26-2012, 08:35 AM   #9
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A nice trip if in the Glenwood area and you are headed south is slab over McClure Pass, up over Kebler to Crested Butte, then up the Taylor River to Taylor Park,(you go up over Spring Creek for more dirt, from there you have Cumberland Pass to the south and US 50 or Cottonwood east to Buena Vista
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Old 12-26-2012, 09:12 AM   #10
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Just goes to show...

Colorado is friggin awesome for riding! Nothing more fun than exploring Colorado on a motorcycle.
Heck, you may come for the dirt but leave realizing how much "unsupervised" twisty pavement there is in SW Colorado. Dolores to Gateway anyone
Wish it were riding season already after reading these posts. Damn!!
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Old 12-26-2012, 10:08 AM   #11
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Easy and scenic = Owl Creek Pass
And you can combine a side trip down to Black Canyon of the Gunnison gorge with Owl Creek Pass and then from Ridgeway on to Lost Creek and various good rides from Telluride such as the ride over past Gateway to Moab and then you can sample some of the red rock country. I also highly recommend McClure and Kebler also as mentioned previously.
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Old 12-26-2012, 10:50 AM   #12
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Since you did Kebler Pass to Crested Butte, make sure you stop at Gas and Sandwich. On the North side of town, makes some of the best sandwiches in the state. From the Summit of Keebler you could head south toward Gunnison. Great ride down through there.
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Old 12-26-2012, 02:20 PM   #13
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Farson's book is a great resource...
http://www.amazon.com/Complete-Guide...rides+colorado
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Old 12-26-2012, 04:27 PM   #14
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After kebler, hook a left toward The Gas Cafe, as mentioned awesome breakfast sandwiches. Continue up the road and go left on slate river road. You can take that all the way to the old schofield town site. The roads a little streap, but nothing you wouldn't drive a passenger car up.You will not want to do schofield pass, so turn around and take the road to gothic town site. All pretty easy dirt roads, but awesome scenery. Past gothic and back into crested butte by the main road.

Head out crested butte on the main road and turn left in Almont on Taylor River Road. Amazing scenery and freshly paved and widened twisties along the river and through the canyon all the way to cotton wood pass. Up and over to buena vista.

August is my favorite time for riding around here, and if you like trout fishing the crested butte area is some of the best in the world and the hatch should be in full swing.

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Old 12-26-2012, 04:45 PM   #15
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I'm planning a 2 week vacation to central and SW Colorado next summer and would like to do some relatively easy off road routes. I'm 55, from Iowa, with only about 2 years riding experience and will be on a BMW R1200GS Adventure. I've had limited off road experience - just gravel roads around Iowa, so nothing too challenging.

I heard about Engineer Pass and watched some videos, and figured it was beyond my abilities right now. I'll also be riding alone, so don't want to try anything stupid. Recently got a Butler map and was thinking about the Kebler Pass road to Crested Butte, and also Cumberland Pass and Cottonwood Pass east of Crested Butte.

I would appreciate any recommendations for routes and also time of year to be out there.

Thanks,
Steve
Im sure there are a few Colorado Inmates that would be more than happy to join you.
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