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05-23-2012, 03:57 PM #1
Southern Utah and Colorado road trip. Meet ups/suggestions?
Hey everyone, my wife and I are heading out Sunday from Banff to start a 2.5 week road trip. Planning on hitting a few different locations, for a few rides at each place. If anybody wants to try to meet up for some rides, our rough itinerary looks like this:
Hurricane: May 29-31 (Hurricane Cliffs, Gooseberry, Little Creek)
Cortez: June 2-3 (Phil's, Sand Canyon, Boggy Draw?)
Durango: June 4-6 (Horse Gulch, Jones/Pinkerton/Dutch, something else depending on higher elev conditions)
Gunnison/Crested Butte: June 7-8 (Hartman, something in CB depending on snow levels)
Fruita: June 9 (Western Rim, 18 road)
Moab: June 10-11 (Klondike/EKG, Whole Enchilada)
Hit Goodwater Rim trail on the way home June 12th.
Of course all that could change if it gets really hot, or we hear high elevation trails open up sooner than expected. If anybody wants to try to meet up for some rides, let me know. We'll try not to hold anybody up too much, and beers are on us. Other trail suggestions from locals would be good too if I've missed some great ones in my research.
Any suggestions for dispersed campsites (especially around Hurricane and Cortez) would be great too, as would any restaurant suggestions in any of those places.
Not sure how much internet access I'll have after Sunday, but I'll try to check in once in a while. Stoke will hopefully be posted upon our return. Hope to be able to meet up with some of you for some rides or beers.
Last edited by TOLOCOMan; 05-23-2012 at 05:53 PM.
05-23-2012, 06:33 PM #2
You'll be able to ride quite a bit in Crested butte by june 7/8. You'll want to do Doctor's for sure. I wouldn't be a bit surprised if 401 and REno/flag/bear were open as well. People are already riding 401 as an out and back. I'd ride with you or get a beer if I'm around- shoot a pm when it's closer.
05-23-2012, 06:45 PM #3
Good to hear! I knew things should be earlier than "normal" with the lack of snow you had this year, but figured that might still be pushing it. Might need to allow more time there (maybe Salida too) if higher elevation trails will be ready. I'll send you a pm for sure.
05-23-2012, 06:54 PM #4Registered User
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- Feb 2005
- North Vancouver/Whistler
wayyyy too much driving. But if that's your thing then go crazy. Lower trails in Hurken will be hot as will trails in Fruita. In Hurricane area maybe Thunder Mtn instead which is prime right now. In Fruita consider maybe Grand Mesa area trails ((eg Flowing Park)
05-23-2012, 11:30 PM #5
Gooseberry Mesa has great camping on BLM land. There is a single outhouse up there too. It can be very coolish up there at night, esp with the winds. That place is really incredible.
Just got back from Moab, it's getting pit of hell hot there now midday.
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05-24-2012, 11:35 AM #6
Thanks guys. We know it's going to be pretty hot in some of those spots. Early starts will be the order of the day. Not too concerned about the driving. Part of the appeal is to hit a variety of places "fairly" close together. At least compared to home...
05-26-2012, 10:07 AM #7
Just a bump in case anybody else wants to meet up for some rides. Not sure how much internet access I'll have after mid afternoon tomorrow.
05-26-2012, 02:25 PM #8Registered User
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- Feb 2006
- Northern San Juans
Boggy draw has camping right there(free dispersed camping). If the weather is not too hot Id suggest Sand Canyon for nice single track in the middle of some great Anasazi ruins. If you are driving from cortez to CB you mine as well ride a few hours in Telluride(you will pass within three miles of town). If you are looking for a good lung buster with amazing single track then Eider creek is a great 2 hour ride.