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Old 07-25-2013, 11:30 PM   #1
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Question SLC to Denver Route Advice

Hello fellow Inmates,

I am riding to Colorado for a few days and was wondering what would be a good place/route to head back through. On the way over I will make a quick trip (I-70) but on the way back I would like to make it more scenic and camp overnight hopefully at some beautiful spot. Never been to Colorado before, any ideas?

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Old 07-27-2013, 09:40 PM   #2
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Ride the Rockies!!

I have been there a couple of times in the last few years from Mapleton. I love going through Estes Park. Beautiful ride with some great twisties. A lot of campgrounds if you prefer and several places through the Rockies to pull down a dirt road and throw up a tent.

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Old 07-28-2013, 09:18 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply!

It looks beautiful, I think I will head that way. Do you recommend any specific campgrounds/spots around that area?

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Old 08-02-2013, 09:53 PM   #4
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Check out Colorado National Monument out of Grand Junction to Fruita...camp at Saddlehorn. http://www.nps.gov/colm/planyourvisi...d/COLM_Map.pdf It's a fun and beautiful ride.

If you go over the rockies from Estes Park, work your way down to Durango and up the Million Dollar highway 550; not to be missed! Camp at Ridgway state park...beautiful country there. Then backtrack a bit to Ridgway and take 62 along the San Juan Mountain Range to 145 and 141 back to Grand Junction.

If you're interested in Trains and have the time, take the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge train ride to Silverton. It's a fun experience with real working steam locomotives. If you don't have time, stop in at the train station in Durango to see the locomotives and museum, then on the way up 550 stop at Silverton to see the trains there too.
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Old 08-04-2013, 09:21 PM   #5
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Talking Nice Routes

Kodanja, may have to try to get and extra day or two to go head south towards Durango and surroundings, wish I had more time. Keep hearing great things about it. Thanks for the advice.
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Old 08-05-2013, 09:28 AM   #6
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From SLC, take US-40 East to Steamboat Springs. CO-14 East to Walden, and then down Poudre Canyone to Fort Collins. Or, from Walden, take CO-125 down to US-40near Granby. You could then decide whether to run US-40 to I-70, or Run US-34 through Estes Park. I'd vote for Estes Park.
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Old 08-06-2013, 11:39 PM   #7
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Pretty sure that's the route I'll take.

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From SLC, take US-40 East to Steamboat Springs. CO-14 East to Walden, and then down Poudre Canyone to Fort Collins. Or, from Walden, take CO-125 down to US-40near Granby. You could then decide whether to run US-40 to I-70, or Run US-34 through Estes Park. I'd vote for Estes Park.
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Old 08-07-2013, 03:20 PM   #8
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Since you will take your time heading home do this; Head into Estes Park, but take Fall River Rd instead of Trail ridge to the top. It's dirt and a nice ride. From Grand Lake down the hyway a few miles take Stillwater Pass over to Willow creek Pass, all Excellent. After Willow Creek Pass you come to a town called Rand. Several mile out of town there is a gravel county rd,(I can't remember the #) but it goes directly west. Connects to Muddy Pass. Then you have a choice, go Rabbit Ears Pass toward steamboat, or better yet head down to Gore Pass. From Gore Pass you can come out at about Hayden. From there through Craig, and on up to Dinosaur National Monument. Gates of Lodore is a good place to camp. But from there you can head for Flaming gorge, and home. Lots of good camp spots along that route, as well as great riding.
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Old 08-07-2013, 03:27 PM   #9
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Gore Pass close to Hayden
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