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Alberta to New Mexico Route Suggestions

This September I am taking 8 days off to ride from Alberta down to Taos New, Mexico. Any suggestions as to Routes would be greatly appreciated. Ron
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Route to Taos

I haven't attached a map lately so I am going to do this using words. I drove thru Taos on Memorial day and returned via Red River stopping at the rally. My suggestions are based on a trip I took to and from Banff so I am going to assume a start point for you on I-15. I drove south by southeast to Bozeman which allowed me to drive thru Yellowstone National Park. A more rapid route would take you via I-90, 94 and 25 to Casper, WY and points south to Cheyenne and Denver. From Denver I would take I-25 to Raton, New Mexico. Leave the interstate and head for Cimmaron, Eagles Nest and Taos, NM. I have driven many of the other highways which aren't as direct or as fast but I will share them with you only if you really want to know as there are many options. Jim

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Just returned from a trip through that area. You a have a lot of great options. Mountains of Colorado are worth exploring and I liked the west side the best. Consider Hwy 133 on to 92 from Carbondale to Montrose. Hwy 550 from Montrose to Durango is spectacular. From Durango should be a nice run into Taos. We came back along the eastern portion of the rockies - hwy 24 thru Leadville. Its fairly direct bit I did not find it as interesting (the snow did limit visibility and enjoyment).
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I'm sure you know the good roads in Alberta. Crossing into the States, my suggestions would be to pick up 2 south at Fort Macleod or 6 south off 3 or 93 south off 3, the point being to get to Babb on the east side of Glacier National Park in Montana or to Whitefish on the west side. From either town you can pick up the Going to the Sun Hwy thru Glacier. If you go west across Glacier from Babb you can pick up 93 heading south. The only problem is that if you want to see Yellowstone you have to take the I-90 slab east at Missoula to pick up 287 at Three Forks, or you can continue on 93 south to its intersection with 20 and take 20 up to Yellowstone (this requires some backtracking, but it does take you by Craters of the Moon). If you cross Glacier from west to east you can take 89 all the way to Yellowstone. South of Yellowstone is unknown territory to me, so I'll be interested to hear from others about recommended routes. Have a great and safe trip.

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Thanks guys! I have a map of the Western United States spread out in my den and I will be adding your suggestions in with a yellow highlighter tonight. I appreciate your input. Motorcyclists have a very different view on what makes a great riding road then do cages. Ron
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Any road in northern New Mexico is going to be great riding. If you are going through Denver, you may want to look at taking 285 south out of Ft Garland to Taos. Great road and gets you off of the interstate. If you are really adventurous, you could take 285 south out of Denver. REALLY GREAT riding.
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Any road in northern New Mexico is going to be great riding. If you are going through Denver, you may want to look at taking 285 south out of Ft Garland to Taos. Great road and gets you off of the interstate. If you are really adventurous, you could take 285 south out of Denver. REALLY GREAT riding.
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Thanks Ray! The further I can get from the interstate, and the more adventurous the road the better I like it. Ron
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Ron:
For roads in Colorado, go to cohcc.org. This is the website of a great bunch of Valk riders I used to ride with when I lived in Colorado. They have a calendar; it will list rides and give ride maps. If you tell me your planned route, I can get you through any part of Colorado with out being on the slab; some areas are more scenic than others.
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West Yellowstone to Durango

I am not too familiar with either Montana or New Mexico but I have attached a file that shows a possible route from West Yellowstone to Durango.
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Just found this link posted by Ghaison in another thread. State by state compilation of the best motorcycle roads, with mileage and maps: http://www.motorcycleroads.us/

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In Taos, stop for dinner at Orlando's. You won't be disappointed.
The locals will know where it is.
There is a route called the Enchanted Circle that circles through Taos
which is worth the drive.
In my case I rather head to Revelstoke!

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I am not too familiar with either Montana or New Mexico but I have attached a file that shows a possible route from West Yellowstone to Durango.
Yes!!! This contains the best m/c road in Colorado; HWY 141. The road is great, no decreasing radius corners, no sand, no traffic, virtually no leo's and runs through Unawheep Canyon. I have ran that stretch from Whitewater to Naturita soooo many times. Never get tired of it, ever!!!!
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In Taos, stop for dinner at Orlando's. You won't be disappointed.
The locals will know where it is.
There is a route called the Enchanted Circle that circles through Taos
which is worth the drive.
In my case I rather head to Revelstoke!
Or continue on south on 287 to Embudo Station; it's the old stage stop along the Rio Grande River. Great food and great ambiance. Serves the best bread pudding I have ever eaten.
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