Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Colorado Springs
Not sure how many days you'll be riding or where camping, but here are a few.
1) Definitely NM 17 (CO? my map isn't detailed. It might change at the border) from Chama, NM to Antonito, CO. Cumbres and LaManga passes. Beautiful area. Historic rail yards in Chama and Antonito.
2) US 64 from Taos westerly is pretty scenic. You cross the Rio Grande Gorge just west of Taos, which was in the movie, Terminator Salvation. I've only ridden from the junction of US 84 and US 64, so I don't know what 64 is like West of there.
3) NM 522 and 38 as it loops north from Taos, east through Questa, Red River and Eagle Nest and back around to Taos. Nice loop.
4) NM 68 from Taos down to Espanola. Nice windy sweepers along the Rio Grande. Pavement so-so. Still a very nice ride if you can catch when traffic is low because the sweepers are lots of fun.
5) US 285 from Antonito, CO down to Espanola, NM. Would make a good loop with number one above.
6) US 64 from Taos east to Cimarron. This is a really nice and twisty section. East of Cimarron, it changes and gets pretty boring.
7) US 84 from Espanola to Chama.
8 Probably the roads around Los Alamos; I've never had the chance to get by there. Twice, the area was burning.
That's mostly northern NM. Not sure how far you want to go into Colorado, but a couple of gems fairly close are:
1) CO 12 out of Trinidad looping west then north back up to Walsenburg. Well worth doing. Very low traffic. Good route for Aspens.
2) CO 149 at US 160 in South Fork, Co up to at least Lake City, CO. But there was a huge fire there this summer, so not sure how it looks now.
3) CO 165 and I-25 in Rye, CO. Take 165 through San Isabel all the way to the junction of CO, 96 and then turn around and go back. (Make sure you stop at Bishop's Castle about 3-5 miles after Lake Isabel. It's at the crest of a hill on the left. You'll see cars along the roadside. And you'll never forget what you saw there. It's a Colorado fixture.) At 96, turn around as mentioned or go west on 96 and stop for pizza in Silver Cliff, CO. Great pizza on the left in building with brick front and glass. In Westcliffe (one mile), turn left on CO 69 and head south back to I-25 at Walsenburg to make a loop.
Is this enough?:mrgreen: Do not, I repeat, do not miss 17 from Chama to Antonito. The Aspens are awesome. All the others are very good too. Bring a fairly warm bag if you will be camping at elevation. NM mountains can get pretty cold.
06 V-Strom DL650
Last edited by John V Strom, Jr.; 08-21-2013 at 10:35 AM.