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    CO/nearby short vacation suggestions wanted - 7/4

    Please help me plan my very short vacation!
    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...59#post9169659
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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

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    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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    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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