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    Recommend a cool town or city to visit

    First timer to Colorado and looking to check out the area. Good food, music, mtb riding, lively clean area.

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    Trinidad, great xc

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    Brush. Really nice this time of year. And you can't beat the nightlife.


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    Quote Originally Posted by snowskilz
    Trinidad, great xc
    thanks but that looks like a hike from the airport.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    Brush. Really nice this time of year. And you can't beat the nightlife.

    i checked it out. looks like brush is 90+ miles from denver.
    what's brush like? lots to do, etc....?
    would you recommend anything closer with less than a 2 hour drive?

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    The question is just a bit open ended - so you get you legs pulled. Colorado has great riding about everywhere. Go to the next library or King Soopers and browse through MTB Colorado. You'll see.

    Obvious places to go:

    Fort Collins, Boulder/Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Grand Junction/Fruita, Durango, Crested Butte.

    Are you planning a road trip? Give us some details and you get some serious advice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Kaba Klaus
    The question is just a bit open ended - so you get you legs pulled. Colorado has great riding about everywhere. Go to the next library or King Soopers and browse through MTB Colorado. You'll see.

    Obvious places to go:

    Fort Collins, Boulder/Denver, Colorado Springs, Pueblo, Grand Junction/Fruita, Durango, Crested Butte.

    Are you planning a road trip? Give us some details and you get some serious advice.
    4 day trip
    going solo
    need rental bike
    it won't be an all out mtn biking vacation
    want to check out cool spots, good food, music, points of interest.

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    Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs. More riding than you could do in 4 days. Plenty of food and nightlife.

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    Salida CO. kinda like a Aspen/Boulder forty years ago.

    Enough said!

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    OP: it's still muddy season for high country/ski towns. Most are dead right now. Stay in the front range.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bwheelin
    i checked it out. looks like brush is 90+ miles from denver.
    what's brush like? lots to do, etc....?
    would you recommend anything closer with less than a 2 hour drive?
    Sure. Limon is really close to the airport. Not quite as much nightlife as Brush but the freeriding in Limon kicks A$$.

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    When are you planning on coming to CO?

    Music will be tough(er) in the summertime in the mountain towns, but that's where I'd go....

    Durango, the Butte and Steamer all have very good riding and are great, laid-back summer towns. Aspen can still be a bit busy for my taste in the summertime, but it is fun as hell and will have more nightlife than any other mountain town.

    You'll just have to wait another month to really hit the high country trails.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrambledawg
    When are you planning on coming to CO?

    Music will be tough(er) in the summertime in the mountain towns, but that's where I'd go....

    Durango, the Butte and Steamer all have very good riding and are great, laid-back summer towns. Aspen can still be a bit busy for my taste in the summertime, but it is fun as hell and will have more nightlife than any other mountain town.

    You'll just have to wait another month to really hit the high country trails.
    i'm not too sure on aspen. i don't want to be trampled by tourists.
    the other towns like durango, butte, and steamer, are they super quiet or enough to keep you busy?

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    I can answer for the 'Boat (steamer). Busy as all getout in July. Check online as the free concert series may have started up by then as well. June's also good to float the river. All reports from buddies who live up there says the lower elevation trails around town have dried up...Emerald, Hot Springs, Spring Creek, and prob lower mountain at the ski area. North Routt might need a bit longer...
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    The Butte is definitely the sleepiest of the three, but I think it's the coolest. Plus , you could hit Salida/Buena Vista trails (like Monarch Crest) on the way over.

    Durango is the furthest. Steamer is a good mix between the two, but probably has the worst trails of the three (but they still rock).....

    Just for grins, you might check out this guys website of pix from various rides he's taken to see if one area or another is more visually appealing: http://www.anthonysloan.com/Cycling_Destinations.html

    If you definitely need a nightlife scene, I'd suggest Aspen, Boulder or Ft Fun.......The other three will have bars open and stuff, but it's not like the wintertime with a lot of folks trying to hook up while listening to some jam or alt country band live.

    Here's an Aspen club's calendar: http://www.bellyupaspen.com/calendar/view/2009/6

    Just stream-of-consciousness thinking here....You could definitely do Salida-Crested Butte-Aspen in 1 easy loop and hit 1-2 trails per day over that 4 day stretch along the way, then sate your appetite for night life in Aspen to close things out.

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    i'm leaning towards boulder or colorado springs.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bwheelin
    i'm leaning towards boulder or colorado springs.
    I could be totally off base, CS peeps correct me if I'm wrong, but I don't think hitting the bars will take you very long in the Springs.

    Boulder is a good home base for rides and since the chucklehead students are gone you can actually get a drink.

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    boulder/nederland

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    so once i get to the boulder area, it won't be a problem renting a bike???
    what would be the best all around area to stay in boulder?

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    Are you picky about the bikes? maybe demo something from sports garage or redstone cyclery in lyons.

    Or university bikes for treks and stuff.

    ride golden gate canyon, nederland, hall or heil ranch, Jeffco. all within 45 minutes.

    You can camp in nederland or stay in boulder at any level of hotel/motel.

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    Denver or Boulder for good/great food. Both are also close for some great riding.
    For music, check the schedule for Red Rocks Amphitheater:
    http://www.redrocksonline.com/pages/concerts/index.asp

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    Lyons.

    Great bike shop -- Bitterbrush Cycles

    Two awesome parks/trails - Hall Ranch and Heil Ranch

    Lyons Bike Park -- http://www.leelikesbikes.com/lyons-b...ng-photos.html

    Oscar Blues beer and burgers.

    And a river to sit in ...

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    Salida close to trails, of Pueblo and ride the wet mountains. Canon City Red Rock canyon state park...

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    Quote Originally Posted by leelikesbikes
    Lyons.

    Great bike shop -- Bitterbrush Cycles

    Two awesome parks/trails - Hall Ranch and Heil Ranch

    Lyons Bike Park -- http://www.leelikesbikes.com/lyons-b...ng-photos.html

    Oscar Blues beer and burgers.

    And a river to sit in ...
    I'm with this guy. It's also close to Boulder, which has more than biking, but very biking oriented. Maybe they have some concerts at the venues, definetly some food establishments and overall good vibe.

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    Stay in Denver for nightlife and hop the bus or drive your rental car the 15 miles to Golden, rent a bike there and you have a few different options- South Table, Chimney Gulch, Apex. If you're coming fom the lowlands, I wouldn't do much more than anything in the Golden area, esp if you are only ere for 4 days...
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