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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-08-2019, 10:43 PM Thread Starter
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Colorado Trip


I live in Phoenix and I'm going on a trip up through Colorado in about 3 weeks. Any suggestions on must go on roads?
I think just about anywhere in Colorado is a good ride.

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-09-2019, 03:59 AM
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Howdy neighbor!

I live in Ahwatukee (I-10 and Chandler Blvd. area)....... my bike is in Montrose, Co. right now. I flew home today. Stayed at Black Canyon RV a nice little cabin off airbnb for $65 a nite. Rode up to Crested Butte area, Ouray, Ridgway.....I was in that area four days and one day had very active thunderstorms...cut my day a little short.

I may end up around Aspen,Breckenridge area when I go back. I'll fly to Montrose and head out .... but may head up to Yellowstone...we'll see. I'm going back this Sunday.

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I have Hwy 149 between South Fork and US 50 near Gunnison, with a stop in Creede, on my bucket list. Also I used to work in Gould and Hwy 14 from Fort Collins up the Cache La Poudre Canyon and over Cameron Pass is a great road.

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Million Dollar Highway, Trail Ridge Road, But Hwy 65 from Delta to Mesa was my favorite of all just watch for cattle. It is open range.

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Memorial Rock -

Hey Dezzertrider - I also recommend a run up the "Million Dollar Highway" toward Silverton and Ouray. Then while in the area, you might want to see Colorado's Newly Named "Memorial Rock" on highway 45 between Cortez and Telluride.

After this 8.5 million lb monster came to rest in the middle of the road, the Colorado Dept of Bean Counters decided it would cost less to leave this thing in place as a tourist attraction and build a leg of the highway around it rather than trying to blast it to pieces. A public contest and prize was awarded to the one who came up with a proper name. From what I understand - "Big A$$ Rock In The Road" came in a close second......

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post #6 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-09-2019, 06:46 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the info, yes I pretty much had the 550 (Million Dollar Highway) on the plan. First day will be from Phoenix to Durango. Day 2: Durango to Quray. From there I'll probably just wing it!
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Look forward to your recount of the ride. I might just steal, em, borrow some of your ideas next year...

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Unless it has been repaved, STAY OFF of state route 139 from just west of Grand Junction to Rangely. It is in the NW corner of the state. It would be Ok if you are on an duel sport bike. At one of the summits, it goes down to a single lane on a two lane road! No warnings. Both lanes just have to fend for themselves. The pavement was horrible when I was on it. A gravel road would have been smoother!

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post #9 of 13 (permalink) Old 08-14-2019, 06:57 PM
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Lots of great roads in Colorado. Highway 149 from South Fork to the Hwy 50 junction (suggested by crownfire) was great the 2nd week in June. Rivers and streams were running high from the snow melt. We also rode past the big rocks on Hwy 145. They had just reopened it to traffic the week we were there. No one should miss MDH 550. Ouray is really cool. on another trip we rode Rocky Mountain National park and Estes Park area. Everyone needs to ride the Pikes Peak highway. It can be a little challenging two-up.

There are some good roads in Arizona as well. You should go over and ride the Coronado Trail and stay on 191 to I-40 on your way.
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Just came from there a month ago but in a cage. Rocky Mountain National Park would be high on my list. Estes Park is a neat little town and of course there's Mount Evans.
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