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Old 01-04-2019, 09:55 AM
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Does anyone have a good planned loop for touring around Colorado? Planning on heading out there over 4th of July this year from Iowa. Right now my plan is to get to Denver on the night of the 3rd (700 mile day from Iowa), then have Thursday-Sunday of riding, and I would like to end up back in Denver Sunday night so I can haul butt back home on Monday. Two things I want to do for sure as Million Dollar Highway and then also I'd like to make it over to Mexican Hat, Utah. Any help planning a route would be appreciated !
Old 01-04-2019, 10:51 AM
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Back in September I road from North of Denver(Greeley) though Rocky Mountain National Park, came out of Silverthorne on I70 and road to Glenwood Springs on day 1(about 7 hours riding time). Then south from Glenwood springs through carbondale and made my way over to hwy50 and then south to Ouray, and road million dollar highway then down to Durango on day 2(about 6-7hours riding time). I suppose you could head east from there and make a loop back around over the next 2 days. With stops to eat and taking pictures, we were on the road 10-11 hours each day.
I continued south west to 4 corners and out though arizona to Vegas, was a great ride.
Old 01-04-2019, 11:36 AM
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Days 1 and 2 same as above
Day 3. Durango / Cortez / Bluff UT/ Mexican Hat / Goosenecks Natl Park / Monument Valley / Kayenta AZ/ Mexican Water / 4 Corners / Cortez CO.
Day 4. Cortez / Delores / Telluride / Ridgway / Gunnison / Canon City / Royal Gorge / Colorado Springs / Denver

Day 3

Day 4
Old 01-06-2019, 10:42 AM
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For sure eat at the restaurant in Mexican Hat. It's on the curve overlooking the river! Gooseneck is a must, and if you go just north of there is Moki Dugway, it's hard pack gravel on the straight but paved in curve. I've done it several times with touring bikes and passenger , no problem just pay attention . View is awesome. When you get to the top pavement all the way. Right there is a dirt road to your left. At the end of this is an even better view than Gooseneck Park had! In Colorado check out Mesa Verde.
Old 01-07-2019, 10:04 AM
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Thanks for the input guys! Looking forward to this trip and getting a tourpack bought to keep the wife happy on this ride.
Old 01-08-2019, 08:00 AM
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Iíve been on 2 Colorado trips. My advice is donít try to over-do yourself on your daily mileage. Rain always seemed to pop up early afternoon and you canít cover as much ground as fast on the curvy mountain roads. Take the time to enjoy the sights. Iíd plan on 200-300 miles per day and get a early start. Just be prepared for rain showers. Million dollar highway is great. If you stay in that area, the KOA cabins in Ouray are grea.

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Old 01-08-2019, 08:05 AM
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