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just got word that i can borrow a friends camper for a couple days so im looking for a good destination for riding.

my girlfriend is a novice and i want her to have fun before grad school starts.... so where is a good place to venture to that has easier trails/graded roads to ride on.

my main requests are cool/good views and places to visit (i enjoy the exploring new places aspect). preferably south of i70 since i live in greeley and that is the harder place to do day trips to.

i was thinking taylor park. ive seen picture of places like american basin and engineer pass that looked amazing. but keep in mind steep and rocky makes for a unhappy lady.

also not opposed to "1 night here 1 night there" if there not to far apart. since this will probly be the only far away trip this year, i would like to see as much as i can.

thanks ahead of time for all the help.

PS if there are other cool things near by like a town or lake , i could explore first and she could keep busy with the dog for a bit... :)

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It sounds like the Buena Vista/Fourmile area would serve you well. Then if you decide to take it up a notch from there, you could go over Cottonwood Pass & be at Taylor Park pretty easily.

Have fun!

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I agree, Buena Vista offers some amazing sunsets, really easy jeep trails and a short single track. The river is close and if you are ok with a campground look for Ruby mountain, It is at a trail head and next to the river. It is south of 285. There are a few sandy sections but just tell her to lean back. haha

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Thanks for the advice. Look like we will do as suggested and start in Buena Vista.

Any more info on that camp site or others. I wanted to be off by ourselves, but right near the riverr would be pretty nice.

Also, where can I find some good trail maps. I'll go to trailsource.com and stay the trail, are there any others? no GPS yet unfortunately.

Thanks again

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There are some good maps here: http://www.garna.org/friends-of-fourmile.htm

Trails Illustrated also has one, but I've found that printing the one above & keeping it in my pocket works great for that area.

It seems like there were some nice spots by the water on 307 & 308. It's a dry year, so that creek may be pretty small now.

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taylor park would have all the seclusion you are looking for along with DAYS of the kind of riding you are asking for and also the scenic views. I just got back from a week there.

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Thanks everyone for the insight. We ended up in Buena Vista for the 3 days. We camped at Ruby Mountain and off 308/307. Deff. liked the woodsier feel of 308/307 area. There were also tons of nice spots not near any water. The trails were perfect for her also. I would absolutely go back if I weren't so eager to see every other part of Colorado. we lost alot of time lolly-gagging around so we didnt see all the trails. alos would have liked to hit the white water. But thats what you get when you only have 3-4 days.

Taylor Park or Alpine Loop next time I think.

How difficult is Alpine Loop?

P.S. tchancey's map link was by far the best to go by. Thanks

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Thanks everyone for the insight. We ended up in Buena Vista for the 3 days. We camped at Ruby Mountain and off 308/307. Deff. liked the woodsier feel of 308/307 area. There were also tons of nice spots not near any water. The trails were perfect for her also. I would absolutely go back if I weren't so eager to see every other part of Colorado. we lost alot of time lolly-gagging around so we didnt see all the trails. alos would have liked to hit the white water. But thats what you get when you only have 3-4 days.

Taylor Park or Alpine Loop next time I think.

How difficult is Alpine Loop?

P.S. tchancey's map link was by far the best to go by. Thanks

Alpine loop is not good for the GF. Lots of better choices.

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You may be thinking Alpine Trail. Alpine Loop o.k., Alpine Trail bad.

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