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    Need your advice about the Colorado trail

    My buddies and I are in the planning phase for a trip to the Colorado trail for next summer. We are coming from California, and considering using Hermosa Tours for logistics and gear transport.

    The plan right now is to do the Telluride-Durango self-guided tour. I was wondering if anyone has any advice on the following:
    1. Have you used Hermosa Tours, and if so, should we do a guided tour
    or are the self-guided trips easy to follow? We are all experienced
    riders, with multi-day trip history.

    2. Where are good places to stay and eat in Durango?

    3. Is late July, early August the best time to go?

    4. Any special pieces of gear that would make the trip more enjoyable?

    5. Any parts of the trail that are not on the Hermosa tour, that should
    not be missed?

    Any info is greatly appreciated!

    Thanks,
    Theslowguy

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    If you can pull it off I'd recommend trying to pull off a Lake City -> Durango route. Not sure how much time you have? The section from Lake City to Silverton is absolutely stellar.

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    Thanks, I will check it out and see if we can squeeze it in to our itinerary. Do you know of any companies that offer a shuttle service, or guides for this area?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theslowguy View Post
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    1. Have you used Hermosa Tours, and if so, should we do a guided tour
    or are the self-guided trips easy to follow? We are all experienced
    riders, with multi-day trip history.

    2. Where are good places to stay and eat in Durango?

    3. Is late July, early August the best time to go?

    4. Any special pieces of gear that would make the trip more enjoyable?

    5. Any parts of the trail that are not on the Hermosa tour, that should
    not be missed?
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    Hermosa is awesome. Really good people, the undisputed experts about touring the San Juans. Whatever they might have planned for you will be good.

    I stayed at the Hostel a couple nights last summer in Durango. It was a full-on bargain. Really nice place, a third of the price of even a semi-crappy motel in D-Town.

    Yes, late July, early August is the best time to go. So is September.

    Bring an extra lung.
    Tom Purvis - Salida, CO - http://teamvelveeta.tom-purvis.com

    "I like my wimmen like I like my beer--cold and bitter!"

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    Definitely agree that the Hermosa Tours guys are awesome. My input on your questions:

    1) The self guided trips are pretty easy to follow so getting lost is probably not much of a concern for experienced riders. The real benefit in the guided tour is the guides intimate knowledge of the area to point out cool landmarks, history, etc. along with the work they do cooking meals at camp. I am very familiar with the CT and have ridden it many times but hired Hermosa Tours for a full guided tour when we invited some of our dealers and media people out for a 3 day trip. It was absolutely amazing to pull into camp each night and have a spread of appetizers layed out with a cooler of cold beer. The guides did all of the cooking and cleaning up while we relived the stories of the day. Normally a luxury that I don't go for but sure is nice if you can afford it. The menu was delicious for every meal.

    2.) There are tons of restaurants and places to stay in Durango so you have many choices depending on budget. A couple of my favorite after-ride, low price meals include Serious Texas BBQ, and Zia Taqueria. There are bunches of higher priced restaurants on Main street.

    3.) Late July, early August is great.

    4.) Maybe not a special piece but bring a rain jacket. Depending on when monsoon comes in, it will probably rain for a bit every afternoon.

    5.) The whole CT is good but Molas pass to Durango is some of the best.

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