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Colorado and New Mexico Motorcycle Road Trip

Silverton Colorado

Colorado and New Mexico Motorcycle Road trip is perhaps the best way to discover the back roads, small towns, and friendly people of these states. For the first 3 days, we rode with about 30 friends to Florence for the August weekend. Then for the next 8 days, three Harley-Davidson motorcycles,  four of us — me, my husband and another couple — leathered up and pulled on our motorcycle boots for a 1,400 mile road trip.

A motley crew of bikers, about 30 rode to Florence, Colorado to support St. Judes on a run sponsored by Fremont Motorsports.

More details coming in future blogs and articles, but here’s a teaser of our itinerary and ride:

First Stop: Florence, Colorado

  • Florence, Colorado for 2 nights for the annual St. Jude’s Hospital  100-mile ride, sponsored by Fremont Motorsports.(Thanks to Fremont Motorsports for coming to the rescue and replacing my Harley Cross Bones back tire.)

    Florence-SilverCliff CO motorcycle ride
    Our motorcycle ride included a scoot from Florence to Silver Cliffs, Colorado.

Questa, New Mexico

En route to Taos, we stopped in Questa, New Mexico  at Tewa Lounge, a local watering hole, owned by the very welcoming owner Berna.  About 5 minutes after we parked our motorcycles, her cousin Roy rode up in this ’42 Harley-Davidson — and bought us all a round. And then we bought the bar a round…and so on. While we waited out the rain.

QuestaNM Old Harley

 Taos, New Mexico:

We spent 2 nights at the Historic Taos Inn and exploring downtown shops and restaurants — and, of course, the opportunity to ride the Enchanted Circle Drive.

Neon sign at the Historic Taos Inn.

Pagosa Springs, Colorado:

We hunkered down one night at the High Country Lodge in Pagosa Springs.  Also sampled brews from two of their three brewpubs: Pagosa Brewing Company and the newest Wolfe Brewing Company.


Our cabin at High Country Lodge, Pagosa Springs

Durango, Colorado, Step into the Old West

We couldn’t miss a stop in Durango, Colorado. We spent two nights at the historic Strater Hotel, exploring downtown Durango, from shopping to dining at Chimayo.

Historic Strater Hotel in downtown Durango, Colorado

The Million Dollar Highway & Silverton, Colorado

Of course, we had to ride the Million Dollar Highway (more on that later)! A must-stop is the Old West Colorado historic mining town, Silverton.

Silverton Colorado
Historic Colorado mining town of Silverton, a frequent stop of motorcyclists riding the Million Dollar Highway

Redstone, Colorado

This lovely mountain town of Redstone, Colorado has become one of our favorite getaways. We spent one night at this lovely mountain town at the  Redstone Cliffs Lodge, located on the trout-laden Crystal River near McClure Pass. We also walked to the adjacent Crystal Cafe to say hi to the owners Kim and Billy — and chow down on Billy’s amazing ribs. (But really sad Kim was out of her famous Pistachio Cake!)

Biker friendly Redstone Cliffs Lodge — say hello to owner Jonathon!

Return home through Carbondale, Aspen, over Independence Pass!

The Four biker Amigos, Colorado’s Independence Pass, Stop on Motorcycle road trip

motorcycle transport

Stop back again soon for more snippets of this motorcycle road trip in Colorado and New Mexico.



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