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    Colorado's Top Rides

    I'm new to Colorado, and this summer I want to take a 7 day tour around the state by car, doing one ride per day of the best trails that Colorado has to offer. Starting in Pueblo and making a loop of the 7 best rides in the state. Would really appreciate everyone's 7 best.

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    edge loop in fruita...it's pretty epic

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    I did a similar trip a few years ago, but only hit three big rides over four days. You can't miss these:

    Copper Mountain to Searle or Kokomo Pass (out and back)
    Monarch Pass (as a shuttle)
    Kenosha Pass to Georgia Pass (out and back) or to Crested Butte (shuttle)

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    Quote Originally Posted by jradin
    Copper Mountain to Searle or Kokomo Pass (out and back)
    Monarch Pass (as a shuttle)
    Kenosha Pass to Georgia Pass (out and back) or to Crested Butte (shuttle)
    I'll see you and raise you:
    Doctor Park in Crested Butte (you can connect it with some other stuff for epic length)
    Commado Run shuttle (Vail Pass to Minturn)
    Peaks Trail/Wheeler Pass loop in Breckenridge
    Scott's Run + other trails to make a huge loop just north of Steamboat Springs.

    That's 7. I've got a few more on my list, but many of those 7 will make a lot of folks' lists. I'm sure some will chime in and say Buffalo Creek area, too, but I haven't been there in years. Steamboat's a little out of the way, but you the rest are pretty close together.
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    Copper -> Camp Hale as a shuttle. After all that work you DESERVE the descent to Camp Hale.

    Commando MUST be done with the Secret Finish.

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    Depending on what part of summer, you would probably be doing yourself a favor by skipping Pueblo and Fruita and concentrating on more stuff in the mountains.
    IMHO of course.
    Pueblo and Fruita are fun places to ride, but better suited for the off seasons.


    And:
    "Kenosha Pass to Georgia Pass (out and back) or to Crested Butte (shuttle)"
    I think he meant Breck
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    Quote Originally Posted by bad andy!


    And:
    "Kenosha Pass to Georgia Pass (out and back) or to Crested Butte (shuttle)"
    I think he meant Breck
    I dunno... a shuttle from Kenosha to the Butte would be pretty epic.

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    +1 for the peaks trail in Breck, and Doctor Park in CB, add the 401.
    In Breck, Colorado trail from middle fork to Tiger Run

    Early season: Buffalo Creek:1776 to tramway to gashouse, over to homestead, to sandy wash. Other' scan give more info on Buffalo Creek, it's been a while since I rode there.
    Fruita is great, but I think there is better riding in CO if you have limited time.

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    I <3 Durango

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    Co SUCKS!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by davec113
    Co SUCKS!!!

    Did you know you can't capitalize your entire post? It gets filtered and changed to lowercase.

    Anyway... Fruita and Grand Junction (Lunch Loops) are awesome, but probably too hot.

    If you're near the front range, check out Lake Brainard. Do Sourdough from the north to either Little Raven or Waldrop, then take South St. Vrain to the bottom, go back west on the road until you get to Sourdough and take in south to the start of the loop. Then ride Buchanan pass to the wilderness boundary and back.
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    1) Cheesman Park Rainbow Trail
    2) Commerce City Crest Trail
    3 ) 5 points Lunch Loop
    4) Colfax Creek
    5) Aurora's Deadman Gulch
    6) Mary's Montbello Loop
    7) Casa Bonita of the Bear

    These are all killer rides but........

    I would recommend these instead

    1. Buffalo Creek (Shinglemill to colorado trail to green mountain to redskin, gashouse, charlie's to sandy

    2. kenosha pass to georgia pass

    3. Monarch crest rainbow trail or Agate Creek or Fooses or.......

    4. Doctor's Park in Crested Butte South

    5.Snodgrass to 403 to 401 to upper loop and ride into down for drinks in Crested Butte

    6.Hartmans Rocks in Gunnison (Tons of great rides there)

    7.Tiger Run Rv Park to Colorado Trail in Breck (Tons of connector trails to last you all day long)

    There are better rides in colorado but you have to be realistic if you plan on doing this in 7 days. Durango is must but if you rode a 7 hour ride in cb there is no way you would stay awake while driving to durango.

    The rides i mentioned would start right outside of denver and end within an hour or so of denver.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WKD-RDR
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    dood, that's a helluva shot.

    Best ride in CO? Easy. Kennebec Pass into Durango. Miles of ridiculousness.

    I haven't ridden it all, but the memorable things are (aside from above):

    Reno/Flag/Bear/Doctor's in the Butte;
    NOT Monarch Pass via Silver Creek to Rainbow; over-rated (Green's creek is a better route, albeit much shorter; a much better ride is on the other side of the road).
    Snow Mass to Aspen via Government trail.
    NOT Edge loop in Fruita, unless you dig dirt road climbs with little downhill reward.
    Kenosha into Breck is fun via Georgia Pass.
    Ribbons trail down to Tabugache lot via Free Lunch and Holy Cross.
    Nederland into Winter Park.

    (we love shuttles in CO)

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    I hear Lamar is pretty epic.

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    +1 Durango.... add Hermosa Creek to the list (Purg to Hermosa).

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    Hell, let's just do Molas Pass -> Durango.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WKD-RDR
    Ahh the stock pond about 2/3 down Cascade.
    Molas to Coal Bank and down Cascade is a ride worth mentioning.
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    I don't think Colorado has enough good rides to make a week out of it. You're better off heading to Utah.
    A trail thatís too difficult wouldnít exist because itíd never be used. But, trails can exist thatíre too difficult for you.

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    i would add that if you've just moved to CO, why the need for a 7 day trip to hit "all" the trails. I've been in colorado for 17+ and still have great trails on my radar that I have not been to. That's why I live here and not in oklahoma, so much public land with great trails. If you are new to the state, goto Cbutte, ride for six days on their awesome trails to establish a standard for greatness, then hit the Monarch crest on the way home, and use the other weekends to road trip to other destinations throughout the state to cherry pick the goods from the rest of the state, and compair to what you have already ridden.

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    Can't forget Jones/Pinkerton Flagstaff/Dutch Creek in durango.
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    My top 7, my limit is probably 25 miles, give or take, so some of these could be combined (eg, Molas to Durango) if you're a brute.

    Molas to Cascade (easy shuttle)
    Kennebec to Durango (hard shuttle)
    Hermosa Creek
    401
    Monarch Crest
    Kenosha to Georgia Pass

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    Quote Originally Posted by bad andy!
    And:
    "Kenosha Pass to Georgia Pass (out and back) or to Crested Butte (shuttle)"
    I think he meant Breck
    You mean Breck and Butte are different places? No wonder it took so freaking long

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    Some of my favorite loop rides:

    Guyot Loop from Breck
    Wheeler/Peaks loop from Breck
    Numerous Loop combinations at Buff creek
    Searle/Kokomo/Resolution pass from Copper.
    Salt creek/Mcquaid/pony park near BV.

    I prefer loops. For me a few shuttle rides are worthy, but not many.

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