SingleTrack trail ride, Dualsport Adventure and Adventure M/C Hot Springs Tour in the Heart of the Rocky Mountains
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September 6th-9th 2013 Buena Vista, Colorado50% Dirt 100% Fun Open to all AMA Members with a Street Legal Adventure Motorcycle
The Rocky Mountain Autumn Hot Springs Adventure Tour on Sept 6-9 will start at Cottonwood Hot Springs in the town of Buena Vista, Colorado and take you through roughly 1,000 miles of the most spectacular scenery the Rocky Mountains have to offer.
The Tour will visit 3 Hot Springs on an Epic Journey through the Rocky Mountains laid out by Sean Barr of Mountain Tech Yamaha. This can be either a self guided or guided tour with sweep riders & chase truck with trailer and luggage portage. And will most likely be a '3 Day Adventure'. Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Sean Barr on the cover of the May 2013 AMA Magazine
The “High Adventure, No Hassles” approach includes plenty of riding on asphalt, gravel and two-track routes mapped by our local experts and the camaraderie of like-minded enthusiasts.
$600 entry fee includes 3 nights lodging at iconic Hot Springs, hot springs passes, breakfasts, welcome BBQ, chase truck & trailer, luggage portage, guides and sweep riders, GPS Tracks, hoddie, swag and Camaraderie. AMA Membership is required.
No worries about Luggage on the Hot Springs Adventure Tour as we will portage your gear.
Spectacular views are guaranteed, as are fun dirt roads, climbs and descents, fast and slow sections, unforgettable twisty pavement sections, aspen trees and multiple mountain passes over 11,000 feet.
We can alsoguarantee a few rocks, epic roads through the forest and water crossings.
Navigation by GPS 45 Rider Limit
Entry Deadline is June 7th 2013
Passengers Ride & Stay Free (Passenger must be an AMA member)
A few of the Pass signs on the Autumn Hot Springs Adventure Tour
Boreas Pass 11,482 Ft. Blacksage Pass 9,745 Ft. Guanella Pass 11,669 Ft. Hoosier Pass 11,542 Ft.
Kenosha Pass 10,000 Ft. Old Monarch Pass 11,375 Ft.
Quite possibly with no exaggeration the Rocky Mountains could be called the rooftop of North America. With eight peaks reaching over fourteen thousand feet, the Collegiate Peaks are some of the highest peaks in the United States. These peaks and passes form the backbone of the Rocky Mountains and the Continental Divide. Our playground on the Autumn Hot Springs Adventure Tour will be among the densest concentration of high peaks and passes in North America.
Loveland Pass is where US Highway 6 crosses the Continental Divide between Loveland Basin and Arapahoe Basin. Most people stay on the I-70 and pass through the Eisenhower Tunnel, going through the mountain instead of grinding your way slowly up the steep switchbacks and over the top of the ridge... then through the switchbacks on the other side. It's a long climb up the hill but the scenery is most excellent. There's a couple of good turn-outs so you can stop and take in the views.
Entry Fee: $600 Entry Deadline is June 7 2013
Cottonwood Hot Springs in Buena Vista Entry Fee of $600 includes: 3 nights lodging (one night each) at Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn, Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge and the Inn of the Rio Grande. GPS tracks and maps, luggage portage, support riders, chase SUV with trailer and 3 Breakfasts.
Lodging at Cottonwood Hot Springs Inn is somewhat domitory style, while Lodging at Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge and the Inn of the Rio Grande are Single Occupancy.
Also included are a commemorative hoodie, Friday night welcome dinner and hot spring passes at Cottonwood Hot Springs, Glenwood Hot Springs and the Great Sand Dunes Hot Springs Pool. Passengers Ride & Stay Free (Passenger must be an AMA member)
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Cottonwood Hot Springs is surrounded by 14,000+ foot Mountain Peaks
Beginning on Day 1 at Cottonwood Hot Springs, the Hot Springs Adventure Tour cross's Weston, Hoosier, Boreas, Kenosha, Guanella, Loveland and Ute Passes and then follows the Colorado River Road through Glenwood Canyon to the Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge. 350 Miles.
Day 1 destination is the Glenwood Hot Springs Pool & Lodge In 1888 the world’s largest hot springs pool was born in the newly established town of Glenwood Springs. It became world-renowned as a healing wonder set in a mountain paradise. Around the turn of the century, the Golden Age of Mineral Spas, it was referred to as “Spa of the Rockies”, when "spa" was defined as hot spring bathing. During WWII the hot springs and hotel were used exclusively as a U.S. Naval Convalescent Hospital.
Glenwood Canyon is a rugged scenic 12.5 mile canyon on the Colorado River in western Colorado. Its canyon walls climb as high as 1,300 ft (396 m) above the Colorado River. Historically the canyon has provided the only route through the rocky mountains for trains and automobiles. The engineering required to extend I-70 through the canyon was the most difficult project on the US interstate system.
Glenwood Canyon is widely considered one of the most scenic natural features on the entire Interstate Highway System in the United States.
Aspen is a retreat for the rich and famous along with the near rich and want to be famous. In 2011 Aspen was ranked by the Wall Street Journal and the most expensive town in America. We won't be staying in Aspen long.
After a night at the historic and plush Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge, Day 2 heads up to Aspen, the iconic mountain ski town and the one that sets the standard for all other ski towns, crosses Independence, Cottonwood, Cumberland, Wuanita, Black Sage, Old Monarch, Cochatope Passes and then passes thru the La Garita wilderness to the Great Sand Dunes Hot Springs Pool and then onto the Inn of the Rio Grande in Alamosa for Sunday night. 350 Miles. Link to Lodging info:
Day 2 destination is the Great Sand Dunes Hot Springs Pool near Alamosa
Monday if your heading back to Buena Vista you can take in Medano Pass thru the back of the Great Sand Dunes National Park, the Arkansas River Canyon and Aspen Ridge. Or if your game for even more riding we have a another spectacualar 300 mile bonus loop that will take you down to Phantom Canyon near Cripple Creek and then take you to Buena Vista. We will portage your gear back to Mountain Tech Yamaha in Buena Vista on Monday.
12,095 foot Independence Pass in the central Rocky Mountains is the 2nd highest paved pass in Colorado and is the center of one of the most spectacular stretches of road in the State. The pass crosses the ridge of the Sawatch Range between Aspen and Leadville, and runs through the White River National Forest. The road is narrow and steep with a 6.5% gradient, including tight switchbacks on each approach. The Independence pass road is steep and has steep drop offs and sheer cliffs. The road narrows to one lane at several points.
"We are not out to beat the hell out of you guys. They should have fun, enjoy the ride and see what this part of Colorado is about. For riders from out of state or lower elevations this could be an epic, once in a lifetime adventure." Sean Barr - Mountain Tech Yamaha
Early autumn colors in the Rocky Mountains
Directions: Cottonwood Hot Springs is on Cottonwood Pass 5 1/2 miles West of Hwy 24 at the only stoplight in the town of Buena Vista, Colorado.
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Day 2 will start in Glenwood Springs after a night at the Historic and plush Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge. From Glenwood the route will head to Aspen & Independence pass - Cottonwood pass - Cumberland pass - Pitkin - Wuanita pass - Black Sage pass - Old Monarch pass - Sargents - Cochatope pass – La Garita and then across the San Luis Valley to the Sand Dunes Hot Springs Pool. We’ll then spend Sunday Night at the Inn of the Rio Grande in Alamosa. 350 Miles.
One of Colorado's lesser known wilderness areas, the La Garita Wilderness is, in fact, one of the state's original five. La Garita means "the lookout" in Spanish, and this area amply deserves the name. La Garita's gentle alpine terrain offers refuge to thriving herds of elk, mule deer and bighorn sheep. The La Garita area is a wild part of Colorado that few people will ever see.
Medano Pass Monday if your heading back to Buena Vista you can take in Medano Pass thru the back of the Great Sand Dunes National Park, the Arkansas River Canyon and Aspen Ridge. Or if your game for even more riding we have a another spectacualar300 mile bonus loop you can do on Monday that will end up back in Buena Vista.
Alternate Route Not Over Medano Pass
We will portage your gear back to Mountain Tech Yamaha in Buena Vista on Monday.
Great Sand Dunes
Mention Colorado, and the last thing most people think of are sand dunes, but located near the southern end of the state is a desert oasis called the Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve. Within this rugged 39 square mile park stand the tallest sand dunes in North America. Natural forces have deposited 1,900 acres of sand over the last 400,00 years. Ancient sand blew with the predominant southwest winds toward a low curve in the Sangre De Cristo mountains. The wind funnels toward three mountain passes and the sand accumulates in this natural pocket. The highest dunes are around 750 feet tall. We will not be riding in the Great Sand Dunes but if you choose to go over Medano Pass on Monday there is one nice sandy section...
Between recklessness and overcautiousness runs the narrow, uncertain ridgetop path of Adventure.
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