285 South over Kenosha Pass to Fairplay, 9 East to Breckenridge/Frisco
The great riding to be had in Colorado is simply endless. A quick jaunt out of Denver to HWY 285 and the adventure ahead is just beginning to present itself. The ride down 285 opens with some spirited cornering to get your blood pumping for miles. You will want to check out the Buck Snort Saloon near Pine, CO. Even though this little stop may be a bit off the beaten path, the place is treasured among the biker community. Once you have settled in to your ride a bit, you will find yourself in Bailey, CO. Bailey is the quintessential small mountain town. You are certain to find a cup of coffee and a quick bite that will haunt your memory, for good or ill, in Bailey. Keep heading down 285 over Kenosha Pass and the world’s largest Aspen grove. Make this an early fall destination and you are sure to see colors you have only imagined blanketing the high mountain vistas. Keep on truckin’ down to 285 past the high mountain plains and unbeatable views of a string of 14ers (mountains with peaks over 14,000 ft.) and you land in Fair play. Also referred to as South Park. Yes, this is the South Park from the cartoon. Heading northwest from here on HWY 9 will lead you over Hoosier pass and into Breckenridge. Breckenridge will have enough shops and restaurants to keep you entertained all afternoon. Keep following HWY 9 to Frisco for more shops and restaurants with plenty of Colorado mountain flair. You will have options from here. Pressed for time? Then its I-70 east all the way back into Denver. But if you still have a thirst of adventure, we recommend you choose HWY 6 for a little more adrenaline packed riding over Loveland pass (nearly 12,000 ft. in elevation). Then keep heading on HWY 6 to finish up your ride in style through Cold Creek Canyon.