As an avid motorcycle rider will tell you, few things on this earth rival the feeling of freedom and power that comes from cruising down a spectacularly beautiful road on a bike. Colorado is the proud home of some of the most scenic rides in North America. With breathtaking views lining wonderfully curvy highways, it’s a motorcyclist’s dream come true.
Home to 26 Scenic and Historic Byways, Colorado has become a popular touring destination for motorcycle riders from all over the country. Several companies even offer complete rental packages, including a motorcycle and all the safety gear. These packages are an ideal option for those traveling long distances to experience the beauty Colorado has to offer.
With so many different routes to choose from, where do you start when planning to explore Colorado on two wheels? Here are the 5 best motorcycle rides in Colorado:
Mount Evans Scenic Byway
At 14,130 feet above sea level, Mount Evans Road is the highest paved road in North America. Ideal for a spring and summer ride, some portions of this road are closed during the winter months. Beginning in Idaho Springs, Colorado, a historic mining town, head south on Highway 103. Mount Evans Road starts at the junction of Highway 5 and will take you on beautiful a 56-mile round trip through groves of pine trees, valleys formed by glaciers, and rocky peaks. Ride with caution, as bighorn sheep and mountain goats frequent the landscape, and some switchbacks along the route don’t have guardrails.
Santa Fe Trail
A relatively easy, although longer ride, the 184 miles (one way) along the historic byway will take you from the city of Trinidad, Colorado, past a reconstructed trading post at Bent’s Old Fort National Historic Site, to Lamar. Traveling through the Comanche National Grassland, there are specific points along the way where the ruts from original pioneers wagons from the 1800s are still visible.
San Juan Skyway
A 236-mile loop, this route travels through several mountain passes, each over an elevation of 11,000 feet. Passing through the towns of Cortez, Telluride, Placerville, Ridgway, Ouray, Silverton and Durango, this six-hour trip is best done as a full day ride. With multiple stunning views of the Rocky Mountains along the way, riders will need plenty of extra time for taking pictures.
Unaweep-Tabeguache Scenic and Historic Byway
Follow the Dolores and San Miguel rivers on a 133 mile (one way) ride through a flat-top canyon. The town of Uravan comes up midway through the ride, which brings some World War II history along with it. The uranium for the country’s first atomic bombs was mined near here.
Trail Ridge Road Scenic Byway
Traveling from Estes Park to Grand Lake, this 48-mile trip has the honor of being the highest paved road within the United States that doesn’t end at a dead-end. The route passes through the tundra, with the stunning backdrop of the Rocky Mountains along the way. Wildlife such as bighorn sheep and elk are commonly seen grazing near the roadside.
Contact Our Denver Motorcycle Accident Attorney
No matter where you ride in Colorado, our law firm is on your side. At the Gold Law Firm, we know that motorcyclists often face an uphill battle when trying to collect the compensation they need. That’s why we work diligently and efficiently for our clients from the moment they’re injured. If you’ve been injured in a motorcycle accident in Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs, or anywhere in the state of Colorado, we can help. Contact Gregory A. Gold of the Gold Law Firm today for a free consultation at (303) 694-4653.