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I am riding down to Leadville CO next month and then back home after a day with a friend (pending wife's approval). This is 2 days of riding about 500+ miles with a rest day in between. I have a map route planned, but wasn't sure if there are any roads I should seek out for traveling- more scenic, curves, and yet not adding too much time to the ride. This is my IBA test ride before my Saddlesore in July.

Here are my plans for the Colorado portion: I will be starting and finishing in NE Wyoming.





I plan on exiting I-25 in Wellington and taking Hwy 14 west out of Bellvue to Hwy 40. Hwy 40 south to Kremmling and then hwy 9 to Frisco and then I-70/Hwy 91 into Leadville.

My return trip is planned to take I-70 out of silverthorne to Hwy 40, going through Granby, and hopping on Hwy 34 to Estes Park and all the way to I-25. (First map)

Would it be better to take Hwy 119 to Estes Park instead of Hwy 40 on the return?(2nd map)

I'm open to suggestions. I may do shorter days depending in vacation approval and weather, tenting at KOA campgrounds.
 

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I can make one suggestion that will take you on a more scenic, less developed route. Just before you hit Kremmling, turn right on CO 134 westerly over to CO 131. Then go south to I 70/US 6. Head east to US 24 at Minturn, then take US 24 up to Leadville. It's much more interesting than CO 9 and 91. If you take 24, make sure you check out the little town of Red Cliff. This is truly old, untouched CO. You'll also see Camp Hale, where the 10th Mountain Division learned to ski and climb during World War II.
 

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My wife and I just moved from Wisconsin to Fort Collins in early May. We've been up hwy 14 a few times about 50 miles west of Bellvue (not nearly as far as you're going). It's a beautiful ride. Definitely some gravel to watch out for. We were in Estes Park this weekend as well and apart from some flood damage repair and construction going on along hwy 34, it was another beautiful and fun ride. I'd certainly recommend hwys 14 and 34.
 

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Second consideration. I am not familiar with CO 34 as it heads north out of Granby, but I am familiar with US 40 up to Granby. Just comparing this latter section with the Peak to Peak highway, CO 119, 72 and 7 up to Estes Park, I'd prefer the Peak to Peak over US 40 to Winter Park and Granby. But can't speak for 34 from Granby. It looks like it will be nice. Either way is pretty good, the P 2 P is fun.
 

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Thanks

I have until June 21 to play with the route:) thank goodness for google street view:)
 

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Can't decide!!!

Is the stretch of 34 from Estes park to granby or the peak to peak road (hwy 7 and 119) more scenic/more fun to ride? I can't decide, but am leaning more towards the Peak to Peak route. I can only do both if I skip the highway 14 section between Bellvue and Kremmling. Any input? Do the Peak to Peak and Hwy 34, skipping highway 14, or do 14 and choose between the stretch of 34 from Estes park to granby and the peak to peak road.
 

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WY,

Definitely DO NOT skip hwy 14. It is probably better than 34 and P2P. I was on the P2P yesterday and one thing I forgot-the speed limit is deliberately low in places, like 40. However, RMNP will be slow too. The RMNP portion of 34 will be a lot more scenic than P2P. Just never been on the section down to Granby. Truthfully, you can't go wrong with either. If you never visited RMNP, maybe that's a better choice. Don't skip 14 or 24 up to Leadville, or you'll miss two awesome roads. One other option would be to on the return, take P2P home and just ride 34 into the park from Estes and back.
 

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I'm with John V. Highway 14 up the Poudre River Canyon is a great ride and shouldn't be missed. Very scenic, nice twisties, traffic is usually not as heavy as Highway 34 or P2P, and you may see Moose around Ranger Lakes or Walden.

Also, Highway 134 over Gore Pass is one of my favorites. If you go that way, when you get to 131 make a right and stop at the gas station/bait shop/hunting shop/ice cream store/liquor store in Toponas. Lots of pictures of motorcycles on the wall and nice owner. It is only about a mile up the road. It has been a few years since I have been by there, but used to be a regular stop to cool off on a hot summer day. Then turn around and head south on 131 toward I-70.

Enjoy
 

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are you going thru rocky mtn park? if so check to be sure it's open. yes to taking trough road out of kremmling fun ride. take poudre canyon road out of ft collins if rocky mtn park is not open good luck. ps trough road is all good gravel except a few miles near state bridge.
 

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Wow! What a trip! I left Saturday at 2pm and drove through Laramie and into Laporte, CO. Sunday I drove from Laporte to Avon via Poudre River byway(Hwy 14) and then across to Wolcott and then Avon. I spent a few hours in Avon with a buddy and then drove to Leadville. The passes were cold heading back toward Estes Park and Loveland: 37 degrees when I left Leadville Monday. I got Back Home Monday night around 5, making the trip a little over 1115 miles and 19.5 hours in the saddle. Great roads. Great bike and averaged 47 mpg!
 

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Wow! What a trip! I left Saturday at 2pm and drove through Laramie and into Laporte, CO. Sunday I drove from Laporte to Avon via Poudre River byway(Hwy 14) and then across to Wolcott and then Avon. I spent a few hours in Avon with a buddy and then drove to Leadville. The passes were cold heading back toward Estes Park and Loveland: 37 degrees when I left Leadville Monday. I got Back Home Monday night around 5, making the trip a little over 1115 miles and 19.5 hours in the saddle. Great roads. Great bike and averaged 47 mpg!
What was your favorite section? Did you ride the P2P or 34 back to Estes Park?
 

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Peak to peak. Favorite section was 14 out of Laporte and to Walden.
 
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