2006
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Long Rides - 10 Hour Range

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5-Pass Ride
Miles:
Approx. 
379
Duration of Ride:  Total Time - Picture, Fuel & Food 10.5  Hrs. Driving Time -  7 Hrs.
Description of Ride: This ride is designed to go from pass to pass, showing you the Rocky Mountains and The Continental Divide from the top of one mountain pass to another, giving you panoramic views like you have never experienced before.  

You will see breathtaking views passing through some of the finest mountain scenery and ski resorts in Colorado. This year the 5 Pass Ride will travel over Kenosha, Cottonwood, Tennessee, Loveland and Squaw Passes.

The other rides offer you some of the same passes, but this ride is designed to give you pass overload ranging in elevations from 10K to over 12K feet. The 5 Pass ride will show you some of the best mountain riding that Colorado has to offer.

Pictures of previous rides can be found in the photo gallery. "2004" and "2005"

If you have any questions on this route or ride email them to cliff@coloradovtxrangeriders.com

Link to Squaw Pass
Link to Tennessee Pass
Link to Loveland Pass
Link to Kenosha Pass
Link to Cottonwood Pass

Pass Elevations & Distance

Cottonwood Pass:  12,126' - 30 miles
Tennessee Pass:  10,425' - 8 miles
Kenosha Pass:  10,001' - 15 miles
Loveland Pass:  11,990' - 19 miles
Squaw Pass: 9,907' - 32 miles

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Independence Pass Ride

Miles: Approx. 385

Duration of Ride:  Total Time - Picture, Fuel & Food 11 Hrs. Driving Time - 6.5 Hrs.

Stops: Georgetown, Frisco, Leadville, Independence Pass, Aspen, Glenwood Springs, Vail overlook

Description of Ride: This Ride has it all... You will see some of the most spectacular mountain scenery, panoramic views and historic towns in Colorado. It gives you every type of riding available from narrow mountain roads to sweeping canyons. This is a spectacular ride!

 

We will leave the La Quinta going C-470 to I-70. Heading out I-70 to Georgetown for a brief stop, continuing on 70 through the Eisenhower Tunnel, over Fremont Pass, to Leadville for fuel. Heading over Independence Pass (Picture stop) and into Aspen. We will spend some time in Aspen to eat and walk the town. From Aspen we will head for Glenwood Springs and fuel, back to I-70 through Glenwood Canyon, one of the most spectacular canyon rides you will ever take. A brief stop after Vail Pass at the Vail overlook then we head back to the hotel.

 

Pictures of this ride from previous years can be found in the photo gallery. "2004" and "2005"

 

If you have any questions on this route or ride email them to cliff@coloradovtxrangeriders.com

 






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Royal Gorge / Bishop's Castle Ride
Miles: Approx. 363

Duration of Ride:  Total Time - Picture, Fuel & Food 11 Hrs. Driving Time - 8.5 Hrs.

Description of Ride: There didn't seem to be much interest in this ride last year so we dropped it from the rotation. After the brief hiatus, by popular demand, and frankly because we missed it, this year we are bringing it back.

 

This ride will take a southern route to show you a different side of Colorado riding.

 

With less aggressive roads you will have a fun filled day heading south and riding over the highest suspension bridge in the world, visiting the Royal Gorge. Definitely one of the many wonders of the world.

 

Next we visit a place called Bishop's Castle. A very interesting little place that everyone should see at least once. A castle, still under construction and being hand built by one man, Jim Bishop. Over the last 30 years he has carried in over 1000 tons of rock and used them to build his castle.

 

Some say Jim Bishop is eclectic. Maybe, but most say he's just crazy. Join us for this ride and make up your own mind.

 

Be sure to check the link below for the history on this amazing example of what one man can do.
 

SPECIAL NOTES It is advised to bring along cash as some of the fuel stops have a hard time or cannot accept credit cards, due to there remote locations.

 

It is highly recommended that you grab several bottles of water at the hotel before you leave on this ride. The southern routes can see temps above 100 and there is no place to find water. If you can't carry the water, make sure to ask the ride leader or a friend to throw in a couple extra bottles for you.

 

Bring plenty of sun screen! This is the second most important item on your southern packing list. We will be at an elevation of between 5000 and 10,000 ft. and it is very easy to burn. (light long sleeve shirt helps a lot)

 

Pictures of this ride from previous years can be found in the photo gallery. "2003" and "2004"
 

If you have any questions on this route or ride email them to cliff@coloradovtxrangeriders.com

Link to Bishop's Castle
Link to Royal Gorge

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Steamboat Springs Ride

Miles: Approx. 430

Duration of Ride:  Total Time - Picture, Fuel, & Food 10.5 Hrs. Driving Time - 7 Hrs.

Stops: Granby, Steamboat Springs, Walden & Loveland

Description of Ride: Admittedly a long ride, but you will not be disappointed. You will see some of the most spectacular mountain scenery and historic towns Colorado has to offer.

 

We head out C-470 to I-70 and catch Hwy 40 through Empire which sets at the base of Berthoud Pass. Over Berthoud pass which is full of switch backs and twisties with views above timberline beyond what you would expect to find in northern Colorado. Through spectacular mountain scenery and towns like Winter Park, Granby and Hot Sulphur Springs you head towards Steamboat for lunch. Steamboat is primarily known as a ski town but is actually a sportsman paradise. Hot air ballooning, fishing, Pro Rodeo, you name it and Steamboat has it. After lunch you will head back over Rabbit Ears Pass a non aggressive pass with sweeping corners. Muddy Pass is next on the agenda where you will see some panoramic views of meadows and the Continental Divide as you ride toward Walden for fuel. After fuel and a break we head out over Cameron Pass and through Poudre Canyon. With the river beside you, canyons and twisties a plenty, just when you can't take anymore you break off on CR 27 for a roller coaster ride to Masonville. Masonville on to your last stop for fuel, the land of love! Loveland Colorado for fuel and a straight shot out I-25 back to the hotel.

 

Pictures of this ride from previous years can be found in the photo gallery. "2005", "July 02" and "July 03"

 

If you have any questions on this route or ride email them to

cliff@coloradovtxrangeriders.com
 

Link to Steamboat Springs
Link to Berthoud Pass
Link to Rabbit Ears Pass
Link to Poudre Canyon
Link to Cameron Pass


 

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Trail Ridge Loop Ride
Miles: Approx. 268 miles
Duration of Ride:  Total Time - Picture, Fuel, & Food 9.5 Hrs. Driving Time - 6 Hrs.
Stops: Nederland, Estes Park, Trail Ridge Road Summit, Granby, Winter Park
Description of Ride:
This ride is one of our favorites and has become a standard in our schedule each year. Once again we’re going through Rocky Mountain National Park and to the top of Trail Ridge Road. After a few brief stops here and there for pictures and viewing the wildlife we’ll go down the back side and over the Continental Divide.

Departing from the hotel, we will head toward Golden via C470.  We’ll pass through Blackhawk and Central City on Hwy 6.  Pick up Hwy 119 into the trendy mountain town of Nederland. We will continue north on the “Peak to Peak” Scenic Byway into Estes Park.   We’ll have an early lunch, get some fuel, then enter the Rocky Mountain National Park, (park entrance fee of $10 per person required).  A climb to the summit of Trail Ridge Road will follow.  We’ll continue down the west side of Trail Ridge Road, cross the Continental Divide and into the Grand Lake.  We’ll continue south on Hwy 34 into Granby, then pick up Hwy 40 into Winter Park.  We’ll have a brief stop for fuel and snacks, then up and over Berthoud Pass.  We’ll get on I-70 and head back toward Denver, south on C470, and back to the hotel.

Pictures of this ride from previous years can be found in the photo gallery. "2003" and "2005"

If you have any questions on this route or ride email them to cliff@coloradovtxrangeriders.com

Link to Trail Ridge Road
Link to Peak-to-Peak Highway
Link to Estes Park
Link to Winter Park

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Medium Length Rides - 6 Hour Range
 

Breckenridge Loop Ride
Miles:
208
Duration of Ride:
Total Time - Pictures, Fuel and Food 6.5 hrs. Driving Time - 4 hrs.
Description of Ride:
This ride will start by taking you out 470 to Deer Creek Canyon for some leisurely twisty canyon roads just to get you warmed up and in the mood for what's ahead. Soon you will intersect with US 285 to get into the full swing of things.

US 285 is a unique highway as it only serves the southern part of Colorado and ends where it intersects with I-25. Mostly 4 lanes, US 285 is known for its sweeping corners and the ability to get a good head of steam and really cook. On 285 you will find great curves
and elevation changes with Crow Hill, Kenosha Pass and South Park.

We take 285 to Fairplay where we top off our fuel tanks and eat at the Front Street Cafe for an intimate lunch.

After lunch we leave Fairplay heading up Hwy 9 through Alma over Hoosier
Pass into Breckenridge for a little walk around town. Next we look for Swan Lake Road through Dillon with a trip over Lovleand Pass.

Back on I-70 we look for the C470 junction and back to the hotel.

Pictures of this ride from previous years can be found in our photo gallery. "2003" "2005" & "End of Summer"

If you have any questions on this ride or route email them to
cliff@coloradovtxrangeriders.com

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Curves & Canyons Ride
Miles:
175 miles
Duration of Ride: Total Time - 6.25 hrs. Driving Time -  5 hrs.
Description of Ride: The name of this ride says it all. It showcases a series of canyons just northwest of Denver. We will run up and down the canyons in a fabulous combination of curve after curve. You will see lots of twisties, elevation changes, hair pin corners and panoramic views. What a great way to experience the canyons of Colorado.  

We will follow C470 around to the foot hills and Golden.  From Golden, we will be heading up Clear Creek Canyon to 119 where we go through Black Hawk and Central City, two popular mountain gambling areas. We pick up the Peak to Peak Highway for a few miles and come down Golden Gate Canyon to 93 and then right back up Coal Creek Canyon.  We will take a break and grab a bite to eat at a nice little restaurant in Wondervu and then back to the Peak to Peak Highway heading on to Nederland. Just passed Nederland, we will go through Boulder Canyon, back to 93, and C470 heading back to the hotel.

Pictures of this ride can be found in our photo gallery. "2005"

If you have any questions on this ride or route email them to
cliff@coloradovtxrangeriders.com


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Garden of the God's
Cave of the Winds Ride

Miles:
145
Duration of Ride:
Total Time - Pictures and food 5.75 hrs. Driving Time - 3.75 hrs.
Description of Ride:
This ride starts out on the highway but quickly heads for the back roads. Taking Hwy 85 toward the Springs you pull into the Garden of the God's.
Filled with the wonders of nature, the Garden of the Gods was dedicated in 1909 and is a free city park. An abundance of plant and animal life can be found though out its 1,340 acres, as well as the magnificent red sandstone rock formations for which the park is best known. From here your next stop is Cave of the Winds.

Caves such as Cave of the Winds have many show caves offering extended spelunking or caving. If you are interested in caving, these tours are an excellent place to start. Caving tours give you a chance to experience spelunking in a safe and controlled environment.

This is a great activities filled short ride, you can't go wrong.

Links to "Cave of the Winds" and "Garden of the Gods"

If you have any questions on this ride or route email them to cliff@coloradovtxrangeriders.com

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Mt. Evans & Black Hawk Ride
Miles:
175
Duration of Ride:
Total time - Pictures, Fuel and Food 8.0 hrs. Driving Time - 4.5 hrs. 
Description of Ride:  Kiss the Sky on this ride. You can't get any higher than this, with an enjoyment factor in the fourteens. 14K that is!

We will start at the La Quinta Hotel and take you around the southwest suburbs of Denver on C470.  We will leave 470 at the Wadsworth exit to head up Deer Creek Canyon to High Grade Road.  Then we will cross over through Conifer and Evergreen.  At Squaw Pass Road, we will make a left and enjoy a beautiful ride packed with twisties up to Echo Lake for refreshments and a brief rest stop.

At Echo Lake, we will continue on up to over 14,000 ft. to the top of Mt. Evans! (Toll $3.00 p/p)  What's at the top you may ask? Just a parking lot, a rest stop, some mountain goats and a breathtaking view of the world that you just don't find in many places! 

After all the pictures are taken we will head back down the mountain to Idaho Springs for fuel and head to Black Hawk for lunch and a brief walk around town. After lunch we take a quick scoot out 119 to Golden Gate Canyon before heading back to La Quinta.

On Monday we may offer a shorter route to make sure we are back at the hotel in time for bike games and BBQ!

Pictures of this ride from previous years can be found in the photo gallery. "2003" "2004" and "2005"

If you have any questions on this ride or route email them to cliff@coloradovtxrangeriders.com

Link to Mt. Evans

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Old Fart's Ride
Miles:
100
Duration of Ride: Total time - Pictures and Stops 4 hrs. Driving Time - 2.5 hrs.

Description of Ride: Leave your AARP card at home! On this particular Monday, being an "Old Fart" has nothing to do with age, it's a state of mind.

When you ride a cruiser, sometimes you just need to cruise, look around and enjoy the scenery. If that's what you're looking for, this is the ride for you.

This will be a slow paced ride with plenty of stops for those who want a leisurely Sunday ride on Monday morning.

We leave the hotel taking Deer Creek Canyon for leisurely back roads and canyon cruising heading for our first stop at Red Rocks Park. This is the northern version of Garden of the God's filled with red rock formations and an amphitheater that some of the biggest talents have played over the years.

Exiting the park we take 93 to Hwy 6 toward Golden for a fun little scoot up and over Look Out Mountain. With panoramic views of the foothills and ultra lights flying above we make another stop to see the "Historical Western Museum and Buffalo Bill Cody's" last resting place.

Dropping us out on I-70 we head west for Genesse Park  through Evergreen and pick up Hwy 74 for more canyon riding and back to the hotel.

Pictures of this ride from previous years can be found in the photo gallery. "2005"  & "Motorcycle Maniac"


If you have any questions on this ride or route email them to
cliff@coloradovtxrangeriders.com

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Special Rides

Million Dollar Ride
The "Big O" to Durango
Miles: Approx. 810 with 380 Day 1 & 430 Day 2
Duration of Ride: Total Time Pictures, Food and Fuel 22.5 hrs. Driving Time 18 hrs.

Description of Ride: This will be the first overnight ride offered on our July Ride schedule. Even with the logistical issues, it has not deterred us from making this possible.

This area is spectacular and offers some of the most scenic and fabulous riding available. It will be difficult even in two days to see what this part of Colorado has to offer but we will do our best.

Pictures of this area from previous rides can be found in our photo gallery. "Million Dollar Highway" and "End of Summer Ride"

If you have any questions on this ride or route,  email them to  cliff@coloradovtxrangeriders.com

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Pigtails & Pipes Ride
Miles:
Approx. 210
Duration of Ride: Total Time - Pictures, fuel & food 6.5 Hrs. Driving time - 4.25 Hrs.
Stops: Georgetown, Fairplay, Bailey
Description of Ride: This Ride was offered on our July 2006 schedule as a Ladies Only Ride. Well behaved women seldom make history or have much fun! In Colorado we make sure they make history and have fun to boot! .

From the hotel you will go south on I-25, picking up C-470 west to I-70. Once on I-70 and heading for the mountains, the scenery and fun begins. A brief stop in Georgetown for a break and back on I-70 where just before Frisco you pick up SR 9. Once on 9 go through Breckenridge looking for Fairplay to top off the tanks and a great lunch at the Front Street Cafe.

The roads and scenery have been great but after lunch they get amazing! You will settle in for one of the best areas there is to ride. Out of Fairplay you take 285 with its slow sweepers through the valley following the Platte River and amazing mountain riding all the way back to Bailey for your next break. Back on 285 to C-470 and the hotel for for another great Colorado Short Ride!

Pictures of this ride from previous years years can be found in the photo gallery. "2005" and "End of Summer 2005"

If you have any questions on this route or ride email them to cliff@coloradovtxrangeriders.com

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Ride N Raft Ride
Miles:
Approx. 290
Duration of Ride:  Ride, fuel, lunch and raft trip - 11 hours, driving time 5.5 hours.
Description of Ride: Riding, white water and wild life what more could you want? We will ride the back roads via US-285 to Buena Vista for a rustic local lunch.

Then off to the rafts we go for a trip on the Arkansas River through Browns Canyon. This is a Class III trip including 7 major rapids, is considered moderate and novices are welcome. Shear granite cliffs and wildlife are all part of your journey down river.

Mounting our motorcycles we start the ride home via scenic US-24 to Colorado Springs then up Co-83 to the motels.

The cost for a half day of rafting will be approximately $49.00 for each adult and each boat can hold a total of 7 people.

Pictures of this ride from The Colorado VTX Ride in July can be found in our photo gallery. "2005"

If you have any questions on this route or ride, email them to cliff@coloradovtxrangeriders.com

To reserve and pay for your spot on the raft contact 
Four Corners Rafting

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Short Rides - 3 Hour Range
 

Carter Lake Ride
Miles: Approx. 167
Duration of Ride: 3.5 hours
Description of Ride: This route is designed to give you a break from those narrow mountain roads and aggressive twisties.  

It will direct you toward Loveland, Boulder and Carter Lake via some great less aggressive back country mountain roads and then to I-25 for the highway ride back to the hotel. If you prefer the back roads over the highway, just turn around and reverse your direction. I promise you will be pleasantly surprised how different the same road looks from the reverse direction.

You will have no problems finding fuel in the Lyons or Loveland areas.

Carter Lake is the second largest reservoir in northeastern Colorado and is the principal storage site for the Colorado-Big Thompson River. If you chose to drive into the reservoir a parks pass is required. Information on Carter Lake can be found here...

Link to Carter Lake

If you have any questions on this ride or route email them to  cliff@coloradovtxrangeriders.com

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Deer Creek Canyon Ride
Miles: Approx. 125
Duration of Ride: 3.0 hours
Description of Ride: This route is designed to give you a break from those narrow mountain roads and aggressive twisties. Geared to less aggressive canyon riding with no steep drop offs to concern you. 

This ride will direct you a bit west via C470 through Deer Creek Canyon for some serene canyon riding and head you south for quiet back country roads, bringing you back to the hotel via Hwy83. 

You say there is nothing special about this ride and route? Guess again…quiet canyons, back country roads, this is a ride you can enjoy without having to work at it. Wonderful serene little scoot, even GnA enjoys this ride… with his hands behind his back!

Deer Creek Canyon is one of our favorites and you will see it incorporated in many of our other featured ride selections.

Pictures of this ride can be found in our photo gallery. "Deer Creek Canyon"

If you have any questions on this ride or route email them to cliff@coloradovtxrangeriders.com

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Evergreen / Conifer Ride
Miles:
Approx. 82
Duration of Ride: 2.0 hours
Description of Ride: This is one of our favorite evening rides either to clear the mind after a long day or just a quick little scoot to dinner.

In this ride you are directed out C470 to Morrison Colorado. This is a fun little mountain town to walk around or eat Mexican food and great Margaritas at the Morrison Inn. These 32 oz. Margaritas are not to be enjoyed on two wheels! Just down the road is Red Rocks Park where you can ride through the park looking at fantastic natural red rock formations.

Head out Hwy74 through Kittredge to Evergreen where you will find the infamous Little Bear Restaurant and bar. Little Bear is known for its wild nights and great music.

From Evergreen to Conifer and on to US 285 a great canyon carving experience that you see on many of our featured rides. US 285 is a great road known for its sweeping corners and the ability to get a good head of steam and really cook.

If you have any questions on this ride or route email them to  cliff@coloradovtxrangeriders.com

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Two Canyons Ride
Miles: Approx. 121
Duration of Ride: 3.0 hours
Description of Ride: This is one of our favorite evening rides either to clear the mind after a long day or just a quick little scoot to dinner. 

This ride is a mini version of the very popular Curves and Canyons Ride that you see on our yearly Ride in July featured selection.

In this ride you are directed out C470 to Hwy 58 and up a wonderful little Canyon called Golden Gate. You will find great twisties to be enjoyed at your own pace and comfort level. Now on 119 and a few miles, you hang a right and head back in Coal Creek Canyon. Coal Creek must be experienced with both hands on the bar! You will find tight hair pins and fantastic curves to 93 and then you can head back to the hotel or it all over again!

You will find many places to pull of, take in the mountain air and look around.  

Pictures of this ride can be found in our photo gallery. "Curves and Canyons"

If you have any questions on this ride or route email them to  cliff@coloradovtxrangeriders.com

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