Join Date: Mar 2007
Location: lakewood, CO, USA
LA to Denver
Just got home from a 1500 mile trip from LA to Denver. Went out there in the fall and left the LT to be fixed. Flew out to LA and rode her back. The map said 1022 miles from address to address. The way out it took 1945 miles and the way back was 1500 miles taking different routes.
I always seem to find the great camp sites and this trip was no different. I had the full moon going out at the end of Sept and had the full moon coming back, I like that.
Here's some great places to camp on your trips: Cottonwood Hot Springs Buena Vista CO, Orvis Hot Springs Ridgeway CO, Hite UT, Great campground between Boulder and Escalante UT on Hwy12, Lees Ferry AZ, Grand Canyon North or South Rim, Cedar Point AZ, Mystic Hot Springs Monroe UT, No Name Camp Ground Glenwood Springs CO.
Coming back into Colorado Monday, I called a friend in CO to get a weather update and he told me the front just blew in and the temp just dropped 10 degrees and starting to snow!!! Well, I was still at the Mystic Hot Springs and no point in leaving a great place that was warm and head east into the desert and much colder weather. So I holed up Monday and Tuesday nights at the hot springs (it really sucked being there) and headed into western Colorado on Wednesday. Had great weather taking some side trips along the Colorado River out of Moab and the into the Colorado National Monument. My friend had 11 inches of snow at his home in Longmont CO on Tuesday.
I was thinking about hitting the high country over Vail Pass (10,603) and the Eisenhower Tunnels (11,153) in the late afternoon and get home. It's still cold up there and with snow on Tuesday I feared snow pack or ice on the road. I decided to camp on the bank of the Colorado River at No Name just east of Glenwood Springs. What a night!!! Someone left fire wood and the full moon rose over the mountain!!! I could see the silhouette of trout in the river by the moon light as they swam near the surface. A river otter was hanging around for a while. Out of 25 or so riverside camp sites, I was the only one there!!! Just wished the trains didn't come by in the middle of the night.
Made it over the high country Thursday with only a few wet spots from the melting snow with temps in the low 40's. A glorious day of sun shine and snow covered mountains!! Ruined by riding off the mountain back into Denver area!! And yes, at 40 degrees with gear, it was just fine! NOT COLD AT ALL!!! It doesn't get cold until below 30 in Colorado with low humidity. For all you in warm weather places, come on up and you'll be surprised how nice the Rockies are..