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    Cool Help Me plan my next Colorado vacation in August

    Ok SO -

    In august, me and the girl are going on a 5 day road trip to Colorado. 2 days of driving, 3 days of riding... Where should we go? we will spend one day at either Winter park or Keystone (most likely winter park), and then wanting to ride some amazing trails with epic scenery.

    off the top of my head im listing Crested butte, monarchs crest, salida, grand junction, where else? we are more than happy to suffer at altitude, we just want the really really good stuff.

    lodging isnt an issue as we are van lifing it. we can stay anywhere.

    please, discuss!

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    2 days of driving including getting there? It's would be a good 6 hour drive to CB from Keystone. Grand Junction/Fruita would be hot and a far drive too. There are some epic trails closer to the Breck and Vail areas and it would be easy to make Dillon or Slverthorne your "home base". Then if you did the park at Keystone instead of Trestle, you'd have a bit less driving and more time to ride.

    I'm heading to Crested Butte tomorrow for my first time to ride mountain bikes there. I have a feeling it is going to be awesome.

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    1. Convenience (maximize time/travel) option:

    Frisco/Breckenridge - Van camp at Dillon Reservoir. Frisco's bike park is cool and Breck is an awesome town with all the whiskey and beer you can handle. Incredible single track in the area.

    2. More Adventure (a little farther west) option:

    Edwards - hook up with the folks at Moontime Cyclery (from Austin) and they'll show you the goods. Close to the town of Avon, home of Beaver Liquors (get a hat or shirt). Vail had quite decent lift runs 5-6 years ago and the lift ticket included a mountaintop grilled burger or chicken sammie. Don't ride anything at Beaver Creek.

    3. Most Epic option:

    Salida - Monarch Crest. This option would probably just piss you off because there's so much to ride and so little time to do it. Showers are available at the community pool.
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    All things Dillon, Co:

    https://www.townofdillon.com/visit/d...rks-recreation

    everything you need to know about camping and has good trail links.

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    The Wookie beat me to it. With only three days to ride I would base out of Dillon/Frisco/Silverthorne and ride that area. Keystone (bike park) is ~30 minute drive from there.

    Highly recommend Breckenride (decided to leave typo) local trails. to the east and south of town. They actually use sales tax money to build and maintain trails. Local bike shops have maps and good guidance. Don't forget you can use the Summit Stage buses to reach some of the farthest trails and ride back into town.

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    Bus shuttle FTW!

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    for just tree days, like everyone has said pick a spot and stay close. The options mentioned afford you that opportunity. I know all the good dispensaries in the Dillon/Silverthorn/Frisco area.
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    Two Elk trail behind Vail looks amazing to me. I've never done it, but have buddies that have. I'd call it epic, right up until it dumps you out on the interstate.

    MTB Project from Edwards to Dillon and blow your mind!

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    Cottonwood Trail and Monarch Crest are a must Ride IMO.

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    Kenosha Pass to Breck is supposed to be nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cxagent View Post
    The Wookie beat me to it. With only three days to ride I would base out of Dillon/Frisco/Silverthorne and ride that area. Keystone (bike park) is ~30 minute drive from there.

    Highly recommend Breckenride (decided to leave typo) local trails. to the east and south of town. They actually use sales tax money to build and maintain trails. Local bike shops have maps and good guidance. Don't forget you can use the Summit Stage buses to reach some of the farthest trails and ride back into town.
    Tons of options in this area. I'm heading that way in the morning. Hitting Keystone bike park, the bike park in Frisco (free) and some cross country rides around Breck (probably the peaks trail from Breck to Frisco). String Cheese Incident at Red Rocks on Saturday with a visit to the Guerilla Gravity store in Denver on the way.
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    so, I think the woman is gonna wanna have 1 day in the middle as a hot springs/relaxation day.. I personally would like to ride all 3 days, but I want to keep everybody happy , and I take a lot of trips so its not a big deal

    so im thinking

    Friday - drive to winter park

    Saturday - ride park full day

    Sunday - hot sulphur springs r&r day - drive to salida

    Monday - ride monarch crest

    Tuesday. - drive home

    what do ya'll think?

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    In Salida, shuttle to Monarch > Silver Creek > Rainbow > back into Salida for pizza at Moonlight. Pick up some of the Latitude 40 maps at Subculture. They have one for Crested Butte and Fruita/The Junk. Use them to plan the next trip. I rode Monarch last August and the weather was great, no rain. Trip sounds awesome!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seths Pool View Post
    so, I think the woman is gonna wanna have 1 day in the middle as a hot springs/relaxation day.. I personally would like to ride all 3 days, but I want to keep everybody happy , and I take a lot of trips so its not a big deal

    so im thinking

    Friday - drive to winter park

    Saturday - ride park full day

    Sunday - hot sulphur springs r&r day - drive to salida - Get the woman to shuttle you to the top of Cottonwood. Profit.

    Monday - ride monarch crest

    Tuesday. - drive home

    what do ya'll think?
    FTFY

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rancid View Post
    I'm heading to Crested Butte tomorrow for my first time to ride mountain bikes there. I have a feeling it is going to be awesome.
    You would be correct!

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    Do you want your trip to be epic driving or epic riding? Go to Salida and stay in that general area. Ride Monarch Crest and whatever else. Relax, book a rafting day. Have fun.
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    Thats quite a long drive to pack into 1 day.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CBaron View Post
    Thats quite a long drive to pack into 1 day.

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    nahhh. winter park is like 14-15 hours away... after doing Austin > Pisgah, NC (16hrs) in one day driving all myself, I'll drive anywhere within that range in one day without thinking twice about it. if you leave at 4am, you arrive around 8-9pm same day. also another benefit of van-lifing it. you can drive as far as you want and pull over and sleep anytime. it's great
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    I did Houston to Pigeon forge and Brevard to hou back in my 20/30's a few times. Now that i'm not that age, if i'm solo, I only do about 10 hours per day depending on the trip.
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