View Full Version : Some good ON pavement drives?

cool breeze
05-17-2012, 07:38 PM
I know not the norm for here but we got a new little car and want to go for a drive. Something the cruiser kills my pocket book to do so i don't know where to go :D.

Looking at Trail ridge rd as a great scenic road that just opened so the views should just be awesome. How is this drive?

We plan on tent camping and don't need any hook ups but showers and fire wold be nice. Any ideas? But being close to Memorial day weekend seems there will be lots of traffic and would like to get a camping spot.

If anyone cars to join that would be cool, just out to drive and have a good time for the wkend. :cheers:

05-18-2012, 09:21 AM
Mt. Evans / Squaw Pass!

cool breeze
05-18-2012, 09:44 AM
Thanks ill check it out!

Forgot to mention: We also would like to end up near water to camp/fish.

05-18-2012, 09:53 AM
Since you're in the Springs.. what about driving up Pike's Peak?

Or whatever that road is that goes through Woodland Park, and pops out at Hartsel? 24 I believe... From there you're another pass away from Breckenridge, and there's a reservoir on the way (name escapes me) where you can camp & fish. Heck there's also several huge lakes down near Hartsel- check out Antero Reservoir, or Spinney State park.

then it's hwy 9 to breck, or for more adventure 24 through Leadville then down to Copper Mountain, or for even more adventure 82 through Aspen and Snowmass.. ultimately dumping you out at Glenwood. All beautiful drives, paved.

05-18-2012, 10:20 AM
Depends on how much time you want but the critical part for me is the drive from Gunnison to Lake City up and over Slumgullion Pass (stop at the overlook for incredible views of Uncompahgre, Wetterhorn and the whole San Juans) over to Creede and South Fork for 60 miles of gorgeous undeveloped driving along the Rio Grande which is I think the most picturesque river in CO and out into the San Luis Valley for a view of the Dunes and the Sangre de Cristos. You can pop out and come out 24 or 9 as mentioned.

If you want a cool way to get there, go to Glenwood and drop down to Paonia over McClure Pass and along the Crystal River. Then drop down to Blue Mesa and down to Lake City. This will get you some nice views of the West Elks too.

05-18-2012, 11:10 AM
Sand Dunes. There's a campground just outside the dunes that rarely fills and has many tent sites. 4 hours from the Springs, but paved. If you hike to Zapata falls (you'll see it on the right, short of the dunes a few miles), you will be rewarded with very cool waterfalls - bring shoes you can get wet and hike the short hike through the falls. Not sure about fishing nearby, however.

cool breeze
05-18-2012, 08:57 PM
Hmm, site didn't take my last reply and deleted it so short story:

Going to rocky ntl park to check out open fall river road and trail ridge road. Named 1 of 10 best scenic drives in america!

Just need to find a place to camp with fishing close by...

05-18-2012, 09:46 PM
Fall River Road is dirt btw.

cool breeze
05-18-2012, 10:41 PM
Dirt is ok as long as its not too wash boarded...like Gold camp up here is terrible.

05-18-2012, 11:10 PM
Old fall river road is currently closed. Fyi.


Rock Dog
05-19-2012, 10:31 AM
There is a cool Drive down through the GreenHorn (wet) mountains (down south West of Pueblo) that takes you by Bishops Castle.. We used to do it on our cycles.. Go to Canyon City the back way over Cripple creek, then cross the river and head toward Wetmore and Rye...

There are good places to camp in those low mountains as well.. If you have not explored south, this is a fun place to go...

Check out the castle:

05-22-2012, 07:03 AM
I believe Independence Pass is already open.