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Old 02-22-2014, 09:55 PM   #16
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High country:

Jan-May: snow
June: up high has snow
July: ideal!
August: afternoon lightening.
Sept: snow's coming sometime
Nov-Dec: snow
points out the sad reality of Colorado.
it only has 1/4 of a year prime riding season.

first 2 weeks in sept are my ideal.
crisp air. no haze. usually no rain. no crowds.
but rallies are planed around traditional summer vaca times & thus july.
seems aug is when most then plan their own group tours.

there is also the COBDR ride in July
http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=935276
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Old 02-23-2014, 01:26 AM   #17
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September is my favorite month, hands down. Afternoon rains have normally dried up, still warm in the day with crisp mornings, and very few bugs. --- If I was coming to Colorado to ride and kick around for four weeks it would probably be the last week of August and the first three of September.
Grub, I'm the OP and I like your idea of late Aug and into September.

And thanks to all you CO "locals" for your input --- mucho appreciativo...

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Old 02-23-2014, 05:50 PM   #18
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Also the last 2 weeks of July is flower season in the high country. Probably the most crowded time of summer, and the prettiest.
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Old 02-23-2014, 06:17 PM   #19
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So nothing happens in October?

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High country:

Jan-May: snow
June: up high has snow
July: ideal!
August: afternoon lightening.
Sept: snow's coming sometime
Nov-Dec: snow
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Old 02-23-2014, 06:22 PM   #20
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Shouldn't October be the 8th month?
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Old 02-24-2014, 06:25 AM   #21
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So nothing happens in October?

We don't talk about October in the mountains.
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Old 02-24-2014, 06:28 AM   #22
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October is Moab season. We don't count it as a month for Colorado. I thought everyone knew that?
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Old 02-24-2014, 06:57 AM   #23
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Old 02-24-2014, 07:32 AM   #24
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Hmmm...I don't know...I always enjoy CO during the last few days of July and first two weeks of August. September can really be great, and one of the best trips I ever had there was the first week of October. I've never seen the colors as extreme as during that October week. However, the day I left to drive home, it was a good thing I had 4WD or I wouldn't have been able to make it from Silverton down to Durango...snow blanketed everything until just past the ski area.

Frankly, any time after the late spring/early summer of mud dries up somewhat all the way until the first notable snow, it's good riding in CO. It's seldom perfect anywhere you go...except in chamber of commerce brochures.
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Old 02-24-2014, 07:50 AM   #25
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Colorado Western Slope Fall Colors Tour isn't really a rally but more like a traveling circus. Look for the invitational post around the first of August. September is the driest month of the year but we still can get snow up high and rain down lower. .We adjust the route for conditions.
Here's a link to a previous ride. http://advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=605706 Pics are towards the end
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Maybe I missed this, but is WestFest 2014 taking the year off?
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Old 02-24-2014, 05:24 PM   #27
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Maybe I missed this, but is WestFest 2014 taking the year off?
Nope. Feel free to set it up and tell us the particulars so everyone can attend.
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Old 02-24-2014, 06:29 PM   #28
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points out the sad reality of Colorado.
it only has 1/4 of a year prime riding season.
Which is why I just got a road bike. Much more riding to be had down here.
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Old 02-24-2014, 06:30 PM   #29
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maybe i missed this, but is westfest 2014 taking the year off?
rmar.
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Nope. Feel free to set it up and tell us the particulars so everyone can attend.
I've heard that mtech1950 is hosting the event this year. It will entail meeting at a yet to be announced location and bringing copious amounts of alcohol and just hanging out. I think the only event fee will involve yielding 10% of all alcohol amounts brought to said event to the event organizer. Sounds like fun to me.
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