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Old 10-24-07, 11:16 AM   #1
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Salt Lake to Boulder trip

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I'm new to the board so I apologize if these types of posts are annoying. My friends and I are hoping to make the trip to Salt Lake, UT to Boulder, Co next May after I get my degree. I've tried to find some routes online and I'm having no luck. Does anyone know any good routes, or if it's even possible? Any help towards pointing me in the right direction would definitely be appreciated.
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Old 10-24-07, 11:21 AM   #2
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I'm guessing your best route will be through heber and vernal. It's been a while since I've been that way, but it seems like it would be the way to go.
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Old 10-24-07, 11:46 AM   #3
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I haven't done all of this, but if I was to do that trip, I would head to Moab, then the back way over the LaSals to Naturita or the adventure cycling western express to cortez. From there you have about a dozen options on how to get over the rockies, depending on the weather, how much climbing you like to do, how much time you have, etc. Too many different ways to mention. If you get a AAA map of Colorado, any across CO is OK except I-70. Look for the 'scenic routes'

Personally I would take the long way - Durango - Pagosa- Lake City- Gunnison- Montrose- Aspen- Leadville- Frisco- Granby- Estes Park- Boulder. But that's really indirect.

Look at some old Bike Tour of Colorado and Ride the Rockies routes for other ideas.

Pretty much any way you get across colorado is fine, I like the middle/south part of the rockies better than the wyonming boarder part, but that's just me.
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Unless you have a lot of time on your hand and want to go the southern route described above, your basically looking at:

Hwy 40 from Park City to:

1. Kremmling to Dillion over over loveland Pass - Idaho Springs - Evergreen - Golden - Boulder

or

2. Granby over Trail Ridge Road to Estes Park to Boulder

or

3. Winter Park over Berthoud to Idaho Springs - Evergreen - Golden - Boulder

You can spice it up at the beginning by bypassing Heber and getting to Deushenne (sp?) through Kamas, Francis, Woodland on 35 to Dueschenne

But basically, it's hello 40!

Having lived in Park City, Steamboat, and now Golden, I have traveled much of the route but never put it all together. I have seen quite a few bike tourers in the summer taking that route. They have used much of it for RAAM and Ride the Rockies.


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You might consider this:

http://www.sanjuanhuts.com/mountain_bike_adventures

and then back roads from Durango to Denver.
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thanks so much guys, that definitely helps me get on the right path. 40 looks very do-able.

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Highway 40 is definitely the way to go. I drove it last summer to see my dad in Denver and it was a fairly nice, scenic drive. Good luck. That's a pretty ambitious ride. If you end up having any problems in Utah, post up and I'm sure one of us could lend a hand.
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thanks so much guys, that definitely helps me get on the right path. 40 looks very do-able.

Thanks
I can't wait to here all about it, let us know how the planning takes shape. God I've made the drive so many times and I've always wanted to do the ride.

Let us know when your heading out, I would love to host you for a beverage of your choice (since your coming from the bee-hive state I have not so sly left out what those choices may entail ) and hear all about it. I am a couple of blocks off 93 on your way from Golden to Boulder if you take that route.

I used to live off Exit ramp 2 right before 40 hits 80, so I have actually lived within a few blocks of the start of this journey as well.

Good on ya!
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I find these sorts of posts inspiring, not annoying. Let us know how the tour goes. It might be a route I'd like to try. When it warms back up, I definitely want to go somewhere, but I haven't banged out any of the details yet. Just kicking around some ideas at this point.
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I think our beverages of choice would be pretty similar. In fact, many of our favorites come from Fort Collins.

Thanks guys, I'll keep you posted on what we decide.
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My wife and I toured from Eden Utah to Denver a few years ago. It was one of our most enjoyable tours. We were on vacation and didn't make a beeline for the Front Range. It took us 23 days, taking it easy.

You can see our "from-to-from-to" on the front page of our touring journal here: 1,000 Miles to Nowhere

I for one don't like the look of routes from SLC down to Moab. I've driven most of them and while doable, I'd go US40 again in a heartbeat. We made our routing up as we went along and were really happy with the results. Once in Colorado there are a number of options depending on which passes you'd like to do and the towns you want to visit.

Here's well wishes for good weather once you're underway.
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