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    Curt Gowdy?

    I'm looking for a camping/riding family-friendly sort of destination for this coming weekend. The usual candidate for such a thing would be Fruita, but I'm frankly not excited about the drive, and from mtbmike's posts earlier in the year it sounds like the new trails at Curt Gowdy might be a fun option.

    I'm wondering if anyone on the forum has some experience camping or riding there that they could share.

    Also, and even better, would be if anyone has current trail / ground cover conditions. It looks like it's at about 7000', so I'm guessing still dry and snow-free (at least until the next storm arrives). Any updates available?

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    bells,
    Post to the Wyoming forum and you will get some info. There are also three bike shops in Laramie, WY that can give you current info.

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    I rode it this past SUnday and there was not a trace of snow to be found.

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    Conditions will be variable!

    Quote Originally Posted by bells
    I'm looking for a camping/riding family-friendly sort of destination for this coming weekend. The usual candidate for such a thing would be Fruita, but I'm frankly not excited about the drive, and from mtbmike's posts earlier in the year it sounds like the new trails at Curt Gowdy might be a fun option.

    I'm wondering if anyone on the forum has some experience camping or riding there that they could share.

    Also, and even better, would be if anyone has current trail / ground cover conditions. It looks like it's at about 7000', so I'm guessing still dry and snow-free (at least until the next storm arrives). Any updates available?
    It's getting COLD at night and that altitude, very cold. If you have a camper, I'd say you would have an excellent time. But at 7000' to 8300', I would say 50 degrees is a stretch.

    Happy Jack/Pole Mountain (15 minutes away @ 8300') is an incredible riding area.... I've been riding there for over a decade and still haven't ridden half of it. The camping at Tie City or Yellowpine is good. Curt Gowdy is weird with the camping... designated sites aren't there, and most of the campers there use popups and trailers or full blown RVs and they park anywhere.

    And if it's windy.... fuggetaboutit....

    But if you hit it on a good day in November.... trail porn!

    Vid of mountain biking at Curt Gowdy

    http://wyoparks.state.wy.us/Parks/Cu...ikingVideo.asp

    webcam of Happy Jack exit right next to Pole Mountain

    http://www.wyoroad.info/highway/webc...I80Summit.html

    The Pedal House in Laramie has an excellent updated map of the area.
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    The best front range singletrack. No crowds, no horses. "Tight" and twisty singletrack that rolls and flows. Well marked trails also. pristine location also
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    Thanks for all the great info! Sounds like a winner for riding.

    I'm perhaps less excited about camping if all the other residents are in RVs--I guess we'll just have to take a look and consider our options if it's too KOA-ish. Still, we'd prefer to camp where we ride, and cold nights aren't a problem, so worth a shot.

    Again, thanks for all the replies. You folks on this forum are just so darn sweet (when you're not scaring horseback riders off the trails with your full-face helmets and loud music and tattoos, anyway).

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    Btw, the camping there is awesome. You'll be lucky to see other campers this time of year.
    The crystal resevoir is great for fishing and the campsites scattered around the rez are sweet. Have fun. Look up pole mountain also which is very close for a lot more singletrack...

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    You'll probably have the place to yourself this weekend. When I rode there in August I saw a few places that you could camp that were nestled in the trees. Plenty of excellent riding and their might be even more trails open at this point. When I was there a few of the trails were still under construction. If you plan on camping for two days you might want to visit the Happy Jack area and do a ride there also. I would say it is probably less than a 20 minute drive from Curt Gowdy. Here are a few pics from August
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    Hit the place up for the first time a month or so ago. Perfect time as the leaves were changing. Anyway, it reminded me somewhat of Buffalo Creek in some reguards. It was very windy when we were there, but fine to ride. Camping locations were along the lake, and were not on top of each other like many places I have been to. It could be quite cold, and I would not tie any animals up unattended as it is great terrain for mountain lions. (yeah, I know, all of North America is thier habitat). It has some technical spots which are quite fun, but may be a bit of a handfull for the uninitiated. Here is an address to some additional pics...

    http://jesperperl.com/photos/v/curtgowdy/
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    First time at Curt Gowdy

    I just hit up Curt Gowdy for the first time this morning. Wow, what a fun place to ride a mountain bike. Plenty of flowing singletrack with just enough tech to keep things interesting, yet still allow you to enjoy the beautiful scenery. The drive up there from Fort Collins is really easy, and doesn't take much longer than trips to some of the "local" trails like Crosier and Dadd Gulch. I will be visiting again very soon. Might pick a warmer day though ... the bladder in my camelback turned into a block of ice midway through the ride.

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    Thanks for all the advice. We had a great time at Curt Gowdy last weekend. The trails there are fantastic, and it really shows that they were designed with bikes in mind. They take advantage of lots of interesting terrain features, offer some technical challenges without forcing people over their heads, and just flow flow flow.

    The camping was great, too. Almost no one there overnight, with plentiful campsites. There's even a fun little playground for the younger kids. All in all a great, close, destination for a mixed group. We'll be back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffman
    I just hit up Curt Gowdy for the first time this morning. Wow, what a fun place to ride a mountain bike. Plenty of flowing singletrack with just enough tech to keep things interesting, yet still allow you to enjoy the beautiful scenery.
    Did you happen notice if all of the trails are now open? I was up there in September and they were still working on getting some open. I think it might have been trail "F" or some letter like that.

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    Hey Furry - I didn't run into any trail closures, but I didn't check out the whole system either. I just did the A - B - A - L - E - D - A loop. If the snow holds off a little longer, I'll try to check out the rest of the trails.

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