Colorado Vacations on Wheels: Motorcycles, ATVs and Bikes

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Written by Patrick J. Smith posted on Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

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There are lots of great ways to see the Colorado Rockies. One of the most, fun, challenging, and adrenaline rush-inducing can be hopping aboard something with wheels, whether that be a mountain bike, ATV or motorcycle, and zipping around the mountains.

Generally you’ll cover more ground than you would on foot, and find yourself have a terrific time on your Colorado adventure vacation. Below you’ll find some info to help you get started.

Colorado Motorcycle Vacations

Vacation in Colorado on bikes, ATVs and motorcycles.

Colorado contains 25 Scenic and Historic Byways, some of the highest (altitude-wise) in the nation. These windy roads offer great views, and of course are prime destination for many an avid motorcycle riding. One of the most popular is the Top of the Rockies Scenic and Historic Byway, a 82-mile roadway cutting through some of the highest elevations available to motorcyclists. Another popular Colorado motorcycle ride is the Trail of the Ancients. This ride, in the southwestern section of Colorado, is known for sandstone cliffs, buttes and for having a fascinating history of the Colorado’s American Indian tribes – including the Ancestral Puebloans. For more ideas on where to ride, visit our motorcycle touring article on

Colorado ATV Vacations

Want to get off the main roads and into the deep mountains of Colorado? ATVing is a great way to go. If you’re new to the ATVing, you might want to check out the scene at Jackson Lake State Park, where you’ll find 1.5 miles of OHV track over rolling prairie designed riders new to the sport. You’ll find 75 miles of great 4WD trails in State Forest State Park in Walden and hundreds of miles of trails in Vega State Park in western Colorado with OHV trails that spread throughout neighboring Grand Mesa National Forest.

Colorado Mountain Bike Vacations

Mountain biking was allegedly born, at least according to local legend, in Crested Butte, Colorado. To this day, the state of Colorado is often one of the top places that comes to mind for this sport. With its wide range of difficulty levels and an endless supply of back country, you’re sure to find the mountain biking vacation that fits you. Check out towns like Fruita, Grand Junction and Durango for great biking options. If you don’t have a suitable fat tire or you want an introduction to mountain biking before diving in, there’s plenty of excellent mountain bike guiding services all over the state.

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