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Old 06-25-09, 11:18 PM   #1
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CO/nearby short vacation suggestions wanted - 7/4

Please help me plan my very short vacation!
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Old 06-26-09, 06:02 AM   #2
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Have you been to the Sierra Madres in southern Wyoming?
They are filled with treasure - heh-heh.

You can pick up Routt and a Medicine Bow NF maps in Boulder or Steamboat.
These will give you detailed routing plus campgrounds and/or places to random camp.

You could do a couple of possible loops.
A. Chunk of dirt option
(By going clockwise, the dirt section is mostly downhill.)
Steamboat Springs
Head to west edge of town.
Take Elk River Rd (Co Rd 129) north to Hahns Peak - limited services at Clark
Continue on Co Rd 129 (dirt) over divide and down to Wyo line
Co Rd 129 is also Forest Road 116 - Slater Creek Road
Just across the state line you hit WYO 70
Turn east on WYO 70 and cross the Sierra Madre Range
(This road wasn't paved until the late 1990s)
Riverside/Encampment - services
Turn north onto WYO 230
Turn east onto WYO 130 or continue on into Saratoga and the hot springs
Follow WYO 130 across the Snowy Range
Stunning sheer cliffs at Lake Marie
Centennial (services) at bottom of grade
Take WYO 11 south to Albany
Continue on dirt road to Woods Landing
Take WYO 230 west to border
WYO 230 becomes COLO 127
At junction, take COLO 125 south to Walden (services)
Take COLO 14 west to Muddy Gap
Take US 40 West back to Steamboat - killer downhill

Or B. All paved
Steamboat Springs
Take US 40 west to Craig (services at Hayden and Craig)
(moderate to moderate+ traffic, fair shoulders)
Take COLO 13 north to Wyo line
COLO 13 becomes WYO 789
Continue on WYO 789 to Baggs (services, camping)
(And wonder why Wyoming highways are so much better than Colo's)
Turn east on WYO 70 and cross the Sierra Madre Range
(This road wasn't paved until the late 1990s)
Riverside/Encampment - services
(Option - Turn north onto WYO 230 to Saratoga and the hot springs)
Turn south onto WYO 230 to Colo line
WYO 230 becomes COLO 125
Take COLO 125 south to Walden (services)
Take COLO 14 west to Muddy Gap
Take US 40 West back to Steamboat - killer downhill

<<<>>>

Or you could come up to Buffalo and enjoy the wildflowers in the Bighorns.
Plus get a fine dinner courtesy of Jamawani.
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Old 06-26-09, 09:35 AM   #3
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J, thank you - I'll think seriously about both your routes and your offer. I might have a very worthwhile stop over in Casper, as well.
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