Colorado - Manitou Springs

Discussion in 'Road Trips/Touring' started by BikeSAG, Jul 6, 2016.

  1. BikeSAG

    BikeSAG Active Member

    320
    28
    5
    Leaving next week for a motorcycle trip to Colorado. Will be setting up camp in Manitou Springs. Four of us going on 2 bikes. Having never been to this area any suggestions on must do or see? Thanks.
     

    Attached Files:

  2. Jeff Klarich

    Jeff Klarich Well-Known Member Contributor

    3,591
    103
    296
    Take a run to the top of Pikes Peak (14,000 feet) it will be cool at the top so dress a little warmer but the view is amazing.
    Also the ride to Estes Park is worth the ride, kind of a cool town to visit in the mountains.
    Stay clear of Boulder, yuppie dope smoking college town and the traffic is terrible.
    The ride to Cripple Creek is great and close to Manitou Springs. It's an old mining town with lots of casinos.
     
  3. BikeSAG

    BikeSAG Active Member

    320
    28
    5
    Thanks Jeff. Cripple Creek is on the list and maybe south to see the Royal Gorge via the western route. I've been told the gravel road on the upper half of pikes peak can be hard on the tires.
     
  4. Jeff Klarich

    Jeff Klarich Well-Known Member Contributor

    3,591
    103
    296
    Black top road all the way to the top of Pikes Peak. The parking lot at the top is gravel but not bad.
    Haven't been to the Royal Gorge yet but I hear it's an area to see.
    The million dollar highway is down there as well and is suppose to be a great ride. You can google it and look at the photo gallery.
    I'm going to make the southern trip myself this fall.
     
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2016
  5. D.Bradfield

    D.Bradfield Active Member Contributor

    132
    38
    17
    If your gonna go to Estes park, keep on going and ride through the national forest over to Grand Lake. See lots of big Elk, Mule deer, grizzly and moose . It's a very nice ride and plenty of stops to look over the edge and take pictures. Better than Pikes Peak in my opinion. I've been up that way on three different occasions and love riding through the national forest. Colorado Springs at the foot of pikes peak is a nice town to visit and hang out.
     
  6. dbmg

    dbmg Experienced Member

    5,800
    153
    318
  7. GaBoy

    GaBoy Member

    29
    13
    1
    Pike Peak is a must!! Best days to go are Tuesday and Wednesday...less traffic to deal with. Royal Gorge is great also, you can't ride across the bridge, but the views are amazing. One other place you may enjoy is Seven Falls. It's seven waterfalls in succession.

    No matter where you go, be prepared for weather. We were there in early June and dealt with Thunderstorms, Snow (top of Pikes Peak) and a hail storm. Temps at the summit of Pikes Peak in then were in the 50's. You will definitely enjoy the trip!!
     
  8. BikeSAG

    BikeSAG Active Member

    320
    28
    5
    Had a great ride and time. 12 hour ride going to and returning home. Weather was dry all week but a little warmer than normal in the Manitou Springs area. So much to see and do we are already planning a trip back. Bishops Castle was really interesting, worth the stop if you're in the area.

    The 2007 Heritage ran great, rode really smooth two up and fully loaded. Averaged 43 MPG with the best of 50 MPG on the leg from Boise City OK to Lamar CO.

    Who says you can't tour on a Cruiser? Wife was comfortable with no complaints.

    Here are some pics and videos.





    MS IMG_1286.JPG MS IMG_1289.JPG MS IMG_1351.JPG MS IMG_1353 (2).JPG MS IMG_1356 (2).JPG MS IMG_6727.JPG MS IMG_6733.JPG MS IMG_1286.JPG MS IMG_1289.JPG MS IMG_1351.JPG MS IMG_1353 (2).JPG MS IMG_1356 (2).JPG MS IMG_6727.JPG MS IMG_6733.JPG MS IMG_1286.JPG MS IMG_1289.JPG MS IMG_1351.JPG MS IMG_1353 (2).JPG MS IMG_1356 (2).JPG MS IMG_6727.JPG MS IMG_6733.JPG
     
  9. Jeff Klarich

    Jeff Klarich Well-Known Member Contributor

    3,591
    103
    296
    Nice pics, glad you had a good trip. You're right about the temps here, we've been running in the 90's all summer with very little rain.
     
  10. joel

    joel Junior Member

    522
    38
    48
    Looks like it was great.
    Thanks for sharing