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post #1 of 14 Old 02-07-2015, 10:52 AM Thread Starter
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Durango & 4 corners area recommendations?

I don't seem to get to Stromtrooper very often anymore, as I just don't seem to have the time. However, since its -44 degrees F right now in Fairbanks (Thatís right, -44 F. I donít want to hear others complaining of winter!) and it's my day off, I thought I would ask for some info. I am planning on flying to Durango in May, renting a KTM 990 for a week and doing some exploring of the 4 corners area. I am looking for some advice on nice areas to ride and camp. I want to get off the beaten path. I donít mind some highway riding, but I want to find some secluded areas with nice riding and camping if possible. I may even head towards the Grand Canyon if I can find other places of interest along the way. I would also like to explore northern New Mexico. If anyone has any suggestions, I would appreciate it. I wonít be able to go everywhere I would like to, but I will have 7 days to burn. I am just beginning the research and planning. Thanks.

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I suspect some of the higher elevation areas near Durango could still be closed to moto traffic in May. Unless we continue to get no real winter. Been in the low 70s here this weekend. I passed the North Rim GC one year in May and it was still closed. Northern New Mexico mountains were chilly too. You might want to head nw towards Moab. That's supposed to be an off road mecca and warmer.

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post #3 of 14 Old 02-09-2015, 12:09 PM
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Duragno/Silverton, way cool. Rocky Mtn Nat Mon near Grand Junction, great views. Grand mesa nearby is good too. Watch for the Marmots, they attack Fact is most of Colorado is worth doing.
4 Corners has some interest but paying a few bucks to straddle the brass disk is low on my list of things to do. The area south and west of Colorado is lots of desert with large expanses before the next neat rock formation.
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"A bit of silver or turquoise jewellery"

I forgot about all the roadside stands the Indians have to lighten your wallet. Fry bread and jewelry.
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Thanks for the replies. I still have a fair bit of research to do. I did not even think of the higher passes still being closed in May. That is helpful info. When I narrow it down a little further as to where I am thinking of going, I may ask again if anyone has experienced that particular area. Right now I am leaning more towards some desert riding.

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The area north of I 40 is mostly Indian Rreservation. Tons of good sight seeing, Monument Valley and all that.Chaco Canyon, Petrified Forest NP.
Camping at Gouldings is OK. Navaho Nat Mon has a free 1st come 1st camped site south of Kayenta. Then there is the big hole called the Grand Canyon. The North side is 1000 feet higher than the South side. It officially opens May 31. Memorial day weekend. Reservations to camp are suggested. Check their web pages.
The south side is a year round thing, I think. Nearby at Cameron Trading post the food was really good and the restaurant is nice, scenic, historic place.
Check for anything that suggests Cliff Dwellings. Camp Verde has old cavalry barracks museum.
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Greetings from Santa Fe, NM. Not sure what info I can provide but here are a few suggestions for nice riding in the Four Corners and Northern NM. Most folks want to ride the Million Dollar Highway from Durango to Silverton. When I go up that way, I usually stay at the Siesta Motel in Durango. It's an older place and only one story so you can park your bike right in front of your door. You can actually ride past Silverton and explore Curecanti National Recreation Area which is a unit of the National Park Service. Some nice roads. I don't think the Four Corners Monument (Navajo Tribal Park) is worth the ride but the Ute Tribal hotel and casino is just outside Cortez, CO and they have great rooms at bargain rates and a nice cheap breakfast. Dolores can be fun and it's also the Headquarters for the Canyon of the Ancients National Monument which is managed by the BLM. Lots of unpaved roads and places to explore. In Northern NM you can ride the High Road to Taos which is paved but very scenic. I like to stay at the Kachina Lodge in Taos and it's a nice place to park your bike and walk around town. Taos is also home to the BLM's Del Norte National Monument and roads seen in Dennis Hopper's Easy Rider flick (he is actually buried there). There are also some nice roads around Jemez Springs which does have hot springs, and Valle Calderas National Preserve. If you have any specific questions, I'll try to respond but am leaving Friday for a week in Sierra Vista, AZ.
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The Bridge across the Rio Grande on Hwy 64 is worth a gander too. The Royal Gorge in Colorado is neat too. Don't get vertigo!
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Mesa Verde is worth a look and has a fun road through it. 2nd the idea of Moab.

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