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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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    If you're starting in Pueblo: Only placed in this order so you can do a loop.

    Monarch Crest
    Reno/Flag/Bear (CB)
    Drs Park (CB)
    Lunch Line Loops (GJ)
    Mary's Loop
    Govt Trail (Aspen/Snowmass)
    2-Elks Trail (Vail)

    EDITORS NOTE....Would have recommended Enchanted Forest, but the folks in Jeff/co banned that to DH traffic

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    Quote Originally Posted by nitro1
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    EDITORS NOTE....Would have recommended Enchanted Forest, but the folks in Jeff/co banned that to DH traffic
    You can still ride EF... every OTHER day. But I can't remember if it's allowed on even or odd days.

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    Yeah, Monarch Crest is the best Colorado has to offer
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    I did not say it (Monarch) was the best. I just pointed out that if he was starting in Pueblo, then that is a ride not to miss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbrossman
    Yeah, Monarch Crest is the best Colorado has to offer
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    Quote Originally Posted by cbrossman
    Yeah, Monarch Crest is the best Colorado has to offer
    I've always thought that Moab was the best Colorado had to offer....

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    We have some of the best unknown rides in Aspen. I rarely see another rider. This trail starts right in the middle of town. Colorado's Top Rides-hunter-creek-four-corners.jpg

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    CDT, Rainbow Trail, CT, Silver Creek trail, Greens Creek, Salida Mountain Trails 2 minutes from Down town! Fish Creek Falls is the tops!
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    Better suited to non-aggressive 125# gals named Russell.
    I ride so slow, your Garmin will shut off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rdkopp0153
    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.
    Colorado is a big, big, big, big state, and no one here has posted any untruths about ride quality. You could go to Salida and spend all 7 days there riding epic stuff! Ditto for Crested Butte/Gunnison, Durango, Breckenridge, Steamboat, GJ/Fruita and yes even Aspen. Dunno if I'd recommend all that driving, but at least Salida, Crested Butte/Gunny, Breckenridge, Aspen is all relatively close and centered enough that driving would not be ridiculous.

    You might have more fun just staying at one location......If it were me I'd vote for Salida, trust in Absolute Bikes for routes once there and move later if desireable. Common thread between all places mentioned is that each town has more than one cool shop and guys like Banks who know all the goods and are willing to share. Those tips usually yield more than the commonly published "best rides" lists do.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtncampbell
    We have some of the best unknown rides in Aspen. I rarely see another rider. This trail starts right in the middle of town. Click image for larger version. 

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    I tasted Sunnyside and the Hobbit Forest last summer and have made it point to ride more there for next season. You are certainly in an awesome spot for riding.

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    I have to throw in for Glenwood Springs and Carbondale riding too, although I don't honestly think anything here would necessarily make it to a top ten list of rides in the state - Forrest Hollow/Scout loop is pretty fun, you can spend a day at Red Hill/Mushroom Rock and not see it all, same for Prince Creek, and then there's all that up valley sweetness that ripens up a bit later in the season.
    For 7 days of riding from Pueblo a good driving route would be to hit Salida, go over Independence Pass to hit Aspen/Glenwood, I-70 west to Fruita/GJ, back on I-70 east to hit Eagle/Vail/Summit, back over Fremont to Leadville/Buena Vista/Salida and then home.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Timo
    Colorado is a big, big, big, big state, Dunno if I'd recommend all that driving, but at least Salida, is all relatively close and centered enough that driving would not be ridiculous.

    You might have more fun just staying at one location......If it were me I'd vote for Salida, trust in Absolute Bikes for routes once there and move later if desireable, and guys like Banks who know all the goods and are willing to share.



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    Better suited to non-aggressive 125# gals named Russell.
    I ride so slow, your Garmin will shut off.

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    I'm a bit biased and I hate lots of driving so this would be my list (in order):

    1. Molas to Cascade (Dgo)
    2. Top of Bolam/Cross Creek/Hermosa (Dgo)
    3. Raiders/Cuchillo/Telegraph/Big Canyon (Dgo)
    4. Phils World (Cortez)

    and then either Fruita for 3 days or...

    5. Reno/Flag/Bear (CB)
    6. Docs Park (CB)
    7. Monarch Crest

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    I thought the Sahara Klub had shut down all the mtn bike trails in Colorado.

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    Quote Originally Posted by storm11
    I'm a bit biased and I hate lots of driving so this would be my list (in order):

    1. Molas to Cascade (Dgo)
    2. Top of Bolam/Cross Creek/Hermosa (Dgo)
    3. Raiders/Cuchillo/Telegraph/Big Canyon (Dgo)
    4. Phils World (Cortez)
    Yeah, but that leaves nothing to ride on the second day, and there are hardly any trails around here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cbrossman
    Yeah, but that leaves nothing to ride on the second day, and there are hardly any trails around here.
    Sad but true - and fewer every day.

    I'm going to try and convince my parents to buy the parcel that includes the top of the Telegraph climb and Anasazi descent. Good climb. good DH and close to the new highway, starbucks and Liquor store....

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    Quote Originally Posted by cbrossman
    Yeah, but that leaves nothing to ride on the second day, and there are hardly any trails around here.
    What? I don't get it....

    Molas one day
    Bolam/Hermosa day 2
    Tele area day 3
    etc...

    maybe I missing something...

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    Quote Originally Posted by storm11
    I'm a bit biased and I hate lots of driving so this would be my list (in order):

    1. Molas to Cascade (Dgo)
    2. Top of Bolam/Cross Creek/Hermosa (Dgo)
    3. Raiders/Cuchillo/Telegraph/Big Canyon (Dgo)
    4. Phils World (Cortez)

    and then either Fruita for 3 days or...

    5. Reno/Flag/Bear (CB)
    6. Docs Park (CB)
    7. Monarch Crest

    If you do go to CB, you HAVE to ride Hartman Rocks in Gunni; home of Rage in the Sage and the Growler!
    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee
    Better suited to non-aggressive 125# gals named Russell.
    I ride so slow, your Garmin will shut off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by storm11
    What? I don't get it....

    Molas one day
    Bolam/Hermosa day 2
    Tele area day 3
    etc...

    maybe I missing something...
    Methinks yours is broken.


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    Quote Originally Posted by SkaredShtles
    Methinks yours is broken.


    Jesus... I guess so... I'm an idiot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by storm11
    Jesus... I guess so... I'm an idiot.
    It has been written before, sarcasm does not come across well on the internet.

    Anyway, I have to agree with the poster regarding Durango based riding.
    You get high country rides as good or better than anywhere in the state, without the front range/Summit County crowds, get the variety of desert terrain from one easy location. If someone tells you Phil's World is not one of the most fun rides ever, they are lying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by banks
    CDT, Rainbow Trail, CT, Silver Creek trail, Greens Creek, Salida Mountain Trails 2 minutes from Down town! Fish Creek Falls is the tops!
    Where is Fish Creek? I'll be moving to Salida in a couple of years and usually stop in town each summer to do a ride. Is Greens Creek a better drop off the Crest than foose's?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BeerJoe
    Is Greens Creek a better drop off the Crest than foose's?
    Having not done it yet, I can't say if its better. I'd done Fooses and Starvation, both were fantastic and drastically different. I think Fooses gets more use maybe because its shorter or easier to shuttle. I thought Starvation was a better ride than Fooses and Rainbow. Green is on my list. I've heard its technical and has a good amount of talas and scree.
    Down is the new up.

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    I have to be honest....living on the front range and moving here back in 1993, a lot has changed....including the traffic on the trails. Lately, what I've found is that if you want an absolutely unforgettable experience, go out and get some maps (start with a DeLorme Map Book of Colorado) and look for trails. If you don't want to buy the map book, then download a free copy of Google Earth. There's a ton of them out there - everything from single track to old jeep trails. Last fall I found an area where the ride was decent (nobody else around) and I got to watch two mountain lion keeping an eye out on a herd of antelope. It was incredible.

    Don't limit yourself to the published guides or where everyone else tells you to go - go out, explore, and have fun!

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    Not sure how Dr. Park made this list. The major climb is a road and depending on the time of year, said road can be crawling with tons of Texas Wheelchairs. Rubystreet and I tacked that ride to the end of Bear/Deadman/Reno/Flag and it made a nice "cherry on top", but I certainly wouldn't go out of my way to ride it.

    Avoid riding Durango too. Overrated is an understatement.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bones get broke
    Avoid riding Durango too. Overrated is an understatement.
    Sure has been quiet around here... avalanche danger must be high today

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    The avy danger is about as low as it could possibly get here in my office in Fattington New Texahoma.
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    Got to agree with cbrossman - no good riding in the 4 Corners area. Salida and CB is where it is at!!!!!!! Stay up there the whole week and you will not be disappointed!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by philstrailgnome
    no good riding in the 4 Corners area.
    Alien trail aztec NM

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2BeerJoe
    Where is Fish Creek?
    Steamboat Springs, Co
    Quote Originally Posted by mikesee
    Better suited to non-aggressive 125# gals named Russell.
    I ride so slow, your Garmin will shut off.

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    Quote Originally Posted by smilinsteve
    Alien trail aztec NM
    Well yeah, that and the fabulous Road Apple. But those are the best, I swear!
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    I like this thread as I'm always looking for new stuff. Being a Breckenridge resident, I am biased towards many trails up here...some depends on what type of riding you want to do. If you're looking for fairly non-technical, but FAST single track with good climbs, the Colorado Trail this way is a lot of fun (nevermind you can loop a lot of that with Keystone and even take it up to the Peaks Trail.) So, on that note, I like the West Ridge loop up here. Another somewhat untraveled trail is the Gold Dust trail that takes you from near the top of Boreas Pass Rd. into Como. If you don't like riding uphill as well as down, then both of these are questionable rides (although you could shuttle Gold Dust.) I would say that if you're trip brings you to Summit County, look at those two and/or the Peaks Trail for good XC type riding. There are TONS of loops (check out the map for the Firecracker 50 and for the Breck 100...all loops there are 25+ miles and again, meant for the XC rider, although a AM rider can have fun on much of it)

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    Quote Originally Posted by ChesterBreck
    Another somewhat untraveled trail is the Gold Dust trail that takes you from near the top of Boreas Pass Rd. into Como. If you don't like riding uphill as well as down, then both of these are questionable rides (although you could shuttle Gold Dust.) I would say that if you're trip brings you to Summit County, look at those two and/or the Peaks Trail for good XC type riding. There are TONS of loops (check out the map for the Firecracker 50 and for the Breck 100...all loops there are 25+ miles and again, meant for the XC rider, although a AM rider can have fun on much of it)
    Completing the Breck 100 should be a goal for anyone who likes backcountry epics in CO. Truly epic...even better when Miners Trails was in the course.

    Breck rocks....good beer in the Breck brewery afterwards too....and the race used to hand out more Dales than I could handle.

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    Hands down, the Western Rim from Rabbit Valley on the CO/UT border, off I-70.

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    Canyon Creek. Across the hwy from Agate, and the way from the crest to Hartmans. Ride Tin cup up, then Canyon Creek down....It gets you up to 13,000. Then doooowwwwnnnnnn....

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilverBullet
    Canyon Creek. Across the hwy from Agate, and the way from the crest to Hartmans. Ride Tin cup up, then Canyon Creek down....It gets you up to 13,000. Then doooowwwwnnnnnn....
    It's even more fun in the dark.

    http://www.vaportrail125.com/section4.html

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    It's even more fun in the dark.

    http://www.vaportrail125.com/section4.html
    yea. really fun kevin thomas style...tennis shoes, flannel, 32/20 and 1st place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilverBullet
    yea. really fun kevin thomas style...tennis shoes, flannel, 32/20 and 1st place.
    LOL - I had a front row seat for his epic performance that year.... True gent, Kevin is - when my pedal broke, he wanted to ride down canyon creek with me to make sure I made it to the next aid station. Really classy move, but finally he decided to move on because I moving so slow.

    So the morale of the story is he could have finished faster had he not wasted time making sure I was safe.

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    I am not a local but my wife and I road-tripped around parts of CO last Summer and found great rides pretty much anywhere we stopped. Here is my photo account of the trip:

    Nine days in Colorado

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    Canyon Creek in White Pine. Its a brutal climb and hike a bike, but the downhill is well worth it.

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