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Colorado in September

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    Colorado in August!

    Planning to drive the Sprinter out to Colorado Springs in September, leave the van with my daughter in Colorado Springs, and ride around CO for 4-6 days. Either going the period Sep 12-20, or Sep 25 - Oct 2 as I have a reunion Sep 22-24.

    Got the book "The Complete Guide to Motorcycling Colorado" which has a lot of trips explained.

    1. Colorado Springs is to the East of the monutains and South of Denver. Should I focus on the area due West or will I have time for more?
    2. Probably going to stay overnights in hotels but camping is a possibility - should I plan that?
    3. Which week is better? Mid-Sept can be pretty warm in CS but the mountains are a lot colder. Expecting a small chance of cold/snow but not likely as far as I know.
    4. Any other suggestions?

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    Re: Colorado in September

    110% recommend doing US 550 from Durango to Ouray on the “Million Dollar Highway”

    Not sure the bike you’re riding but there are a lot of real nice ADV routes around there and amazing views plus some pretty cool little mining towns.

    Edit: and ride up Pike’s peek mid week for a hell of a view

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    Re: Colorado in September

    be prepared for early season snowstorms, the not likely part is more common than you are led to believe

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    Re: Colorado in September

    Quote Originally Posted by Crconnor18 View Post
    110% recommend doing US 550 from Durango to Ouray on the “Million Dollar Highway”

    Not sure the bike you’re riding but there are a lot of real nice ADV routes around there and amazing views plus some pretty cool little mining towns.

    Edit: and ride up Pike’s peek mid week for a hell of a view
    I'll second this, best part of Colorado is the San Juan.

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    Re: Colorado in September

    Quote Originally Posted by RandyO View Post
    be prepared for early season snowstorms, the not likely part is more common than you are led to believe
    When and where did you hit snow?

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    Re: Colorado in September

    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    When and where did you hit snow?
    close friend owns a horse ranch in Berthoud (about halfway between Boulder & Fort Collins)

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    Re: Colorado in September

    Crossed CO on Rt 50 and then down 550 years ago on my way to AZ once. One of the best trips out that way for me.

    Stayed in Pitkin at 9000' at the end of August. Woke up to frost. Elevation changes out there make everything we see in the whites look like bumps in comparison.

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    Re: Colorado in September

    When and where did you hit snow?
    Colorado Springs sits at 6000 ft give or take and it only goes up going west...

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    Re: Colorado in September

    I spent a night in Silverton during the first week of September last year and my bike had a layer of frost on it at 0630 when I was heading out. No signs of snow fall but with that type of elevation I can see the possibility of something light that early in the year.

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    Re: Colorado in September

    I just spent a week in Colorado, one of the few places west of the river Id like to return to.
    Pikes peek in a thunderstorm was pretty cool.

    If you like dive bars, Trade in Denver will open your eyes

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    Re: Colorado in September

    Slight change in plans. Now looking at leaving Aug 12 and return Aug 20. Driving the van to Colorado Springs, leaving the van at my daughter’s.

    Then planning on making a two to four day loop out from CS and back. Then another day or two riding and home again.

    Have to decide on N (Route 90) vs S (Route 70) out and back. Taken I 90 the last two times, stopping at USAF Museum.

    Not sure what there is off I 70.

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    Re: Colorado in September

    Quote Originally Posted by Garandman View Post
    Not sure what there is off I 70.
    The Ozarks are not too far south of I70. I understand that in itself is a bucket list ride.

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    Re: Colorado in September

    I liked taking 70 out that way. 80 thru PA and then cut down to 70 in OH and then 44 in St. Louis down and across to 40 in Oak City. Stayin on 70 till CS is the way I went when I wanted to play in CO for a trip. I didn't stop and do touristy stuff though. Just hammer down to get there and back.

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    Re: Colorado in September

    Quote Originally Posted by loudbeard View Post
    The Ozarks are not too far south of I70. I understand that in itself is a bucket list ride.
    If you wind up in the Ozark's check in with Cory West at https://www.froggymoto.com/ met him when he was instructing at Texas Tornado Boot Camp and Froggy Moto is his company. Good guy.

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    Re: Colorado in September

    Leaving tomorrow!

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