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Old 12-17-2014, 12:23 PM   #1
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Trip advice - Coming from Canada in mid Feb. to New Mexico and Arizona

Hi, I'm looking for some local advice for great roads to ride in the 3rd week of February. We are trailering down 3 GS's, two of the riders of newbies and off road should be kept simple for them.

Is weather at this time a concern?
Any great roads we shouldn't miss?
Would camping be possible in state parks?

Any input would be greatly appreciated
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Old 12-17-2014, 03:13 PM   #2
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Is weather at this time a concern?
Depends on where you're going in NM. Up around Santa Fe, you could be ass cheeks deep in snow and freezing cold. Far south will be warmer but still not the 85F you may think it's like.

Anywhere at elevation is gonna be colder.
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Old 12-17-2014, 03:15 PM   #3
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Hi, I'm looking for some local advice for great roads to ride in the 3rd week of February. We are trailering down 3 GS's, two of the riders of newbies and off road should be kept simple for them.

Is weather at this time a concern?
Any great roads we shouldn't miss?
Would camping be possible in state parks?

Any input would be greatly appreciated
Those are both very large states so you might want to narrow down where you will be. Yes, weather may very well be a concern as the mountains are likely to still be getting snow and surprisingly enough to many people both states have a lot of mountains. Many of the state parks will be closed due to winter. Again, knowing what part of those states you are visiting will help folks provide some better intel.
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Old 12-17-2014, 06:13 PM   #4
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That time of year your best bet would definetly be way south of albuquerque, like Big Bend Park or the Baja of California. Then again I have seen it in the 50/60's that time of year @ 8000ft, but the nights get downright bitter, so bring high loft goose down for comforts sake. Happy Trails. ODC.
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Old 12-17-2014, 06:32 PM   #5
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Depends on where you're going in NM. Up around Santa Fe, you could be ass cheeks deep in snow and freezing cold.
The only place you could possibly be ass-cheeks deep in snow around Santa Fe is up on SF Baldy near the ski area - and it doesn't usually get that much snow.

There's some good riding that isn't overly technical down around Truth or Consequences - do a search in Rockies for Rubber Chicken Ride, Captain's Curse, Palomas Gap, Chloride Creek, Monticello Box
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Old 12-18-2014, 10:34 AM   #6
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Awesome, thx everyone
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Old 12-18-2014, 11:13 AM   #7
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If you need a place to stop over on your way, I'm in Denver. Two spare bedrooms, hot Tea/Coffee/Beers/internet, plenty of bike chat. I ride a DR650, KLR and Tiger 800 Xc around CO year round. Let me know, your more than welcome......
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Old 12-18-2014, 12:22 PM   #8
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Here is one of your Canadians here in Colorado out for a little ride in mid February, come on down the weathers fine
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Old 12-18-2014, 06:22 PM   #9
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I am in the southwest doing what you plan on doing in. Feb. it can get pretty cold at night down here so stay as far south as possible. Will all depend on if there is a cold Front movIng through. Nice riding west of Sierra vista throughout Coronado national monument along the border. Lots of dirt roads all over to explore along with tons of border patrol agents. They do not mess with you though. Also some nice riding around Silver city if you get good weather. I am currently camped in a nice BLM site west of Gila Bend. Heading to Southern California for the holidays. I am also riding a gs.
Stay away from the dirt if it is going to rain. It is nasty when wet
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Old 12-18-2014, 09:55 PM   #10
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The further south and west the better off you will be for nicer weather. Winter should be headed on its way back north about then. March in AZ is wonderful!! When and if you come thru NM, stop by on your way thru and I'll show you around or point you in the right direction.

High Plains Drifter and I had a nice ride around here in South Central NM in late November but when it turned to the adventure part of the ride it got a bit . A few inches of snow on a two track in a dark valley, but is was a blast anyway.
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