A motorcycle adventure into the mountains of Summit County is an indescribable experience, with high altitude passes, hairpin switchbacks, and the long rolling curves of wildflower-laden valleys providing postcard scenery.
- Crossing the top of a pass should include a stop to take pictures of the scenery, as well as relive the switchbacks and hairpin turns to get there!
- Join up with a tour to take a group mountain ride through the valleys, meadows and passes of Summit County.
Motorcycling has long been part of Colorado's history, starting from the earliest years when riders began exploring the back mountain roads that cut through the majestic forests. Back then, many of these roads were mining or logging paths for the trucks, accessing some of the most pristine wilderness.
Today, many of those roads remain unpaved for the off-road bikers who venture into them. Fortunate for the touring and cruiser crowd, many roads are now paved, accessing rides through the canyons and mountain passes that make Summit County famous.
Where to go Motorcycling
Sure, you could go through the Eisenhower Tunnel, but why would you when there's Loveland Pass? A long series of switchbacks, hairpin turns and fun mountain curves gets to a great view point at 11,990 feet elevation.
Loveland Pass is on Highway 6, starting at exit 216 of I-70 and finishing in Dillon.
Take a quick trip to the ghost town of Alma by heading over Hoosier Pass from Frisco. Highway 9 takes riders up switchbacks on the northern side, then flattens out to a wide valley on the south side, heading towards Fairplay.
Fremont-Tennesee-Vail Pass Loop
This 93 mile loop makes for a long, but rewarding day. Hitting three major passes in the area, this loop goes through some of the most beautiful scenery in Summit County, which happens to include some fun riding!
Starting at Copper Mountain, head south on Hwy. 91, which goes over Fremont Pass at 11,318 ft. Once you reach Leadville, head north on Hwy. 24 over Tennessee Pass (10,404 ft.). This will run into I-70 once again past Minturn. Head south through Vail Pass (10,554 ft.) and back to Copper Mountain.
Bikes can be rented from a number of shops in the area, take a look below for some options. The shops will be happy to provide you with anything you may have forgotten back home.
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Motorcycling is a great group event, but vacationers are often individuals or small groups. Consider joining one of the tours that meet regularly for an exhilarating mountain ride with some new friends.