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Fall Destinations for Motorcyclists

October 29, 2015

Fall Destinations for Motorcycles in ColoradoColorado is famous for its scenic roads, but did you also know it’s a mecca for motorcycle riders looking to take in the beauty as they navigate our curvy, skyscraping, mountainous landscape? I’ve collected a few resources for motorcycle enthusiasts looking to take in the colors this fall. Remember, though: always check the weather before you head out. Colorado weather is moody and unpredictable. Bring your cold-weather gear and be prepared to turn around if things suddenly turn nasty.

Ken Bingenheimer, whose website is one of a rider’s best resources for route and travel-planning information, names the following as the “must-ride Colorado roads:”

  • S. 550 (also known as the Million Dollar Highway) from Durango to Ouray
  • S. 34 up the Big Thompson Canyon to Estes Park and over Trail Ridge Road inside Rocky Mountain National Park (This road closes early in the fall. Check to see if it’s open.)
  • CO 82 between Aspen and Twin Lakes over Independence Pass. (This road closes early in the fall. Check to see if it’s open.) adds these to the list:

  • CO 145 between Dolores and Telluride over Lizard Head Pass
  • CO 131 between Wolcott and Steamboat Springs
  • S. 160 between South Fork and Pagosa Springs via Wolf Creek Pass
  • CO 114 between Saguache and Gunnison via North Cochetopa Pass

And, because I’m sort of a safety nut (You know what I do for a living, right? You should see the things I’ve seen!), I want to share some great resources for keeping you safe on your gorgeous fall rides.

First, check out’s article on winter riding. Here’s an excerpt from the author who shares a cautionary tale and then his tips for staying safe:

“I realized I made a stupid decision, and wondered how those 60+ mph winds didn’t launch me off the side of the highway. But instead of deciding against riding during the winter months, I began searching for the things that would allow me to safely and warmly ride when dead-man winter raises his anti-motorcycling head. Nearly four years later of riding 12 months a year, here are some of the things I’ve learned…” Click here for more.

The call of the road is strong this fall! I hope you have many wonderful rides and that you get home safely every time!

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