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Great Sand Dunes Hot Springs Adventure Ride

July 26-28 ’24 – Great Sand Dunes Adventure

3 Day Adventure Ride to the Great Sand Dunes Hot Springs and the Arkansas River.

The Great Sand Dunes Loop is a spectacular 3 Day 500+ mile Adventure loop.

  • That doesn’t just take you down the Highway to get there.
  • Day 1 the loop visits old mining towns, railroad stops and takes little used dirt roads on a circuitous route from the Colorado Springs Airport to overnight at the Sand Dunes Hot Springs.

 

On Day 1 there is a Challenging route over a 10k Medano foot pass, into the back of the Sand Dunes.

Or you could ride an easier Alternate loop from Silvercliffe and avoid Medano Pass entirely.

  • Ride over Pass Creek Pass and La Veta Passes and avoid the sand all-together.

 

On Day 2 ride over 4 Passes on a semi Challenging off-road loop to the Big Bend of the Arkansas River.

Or on Day 2 ride over 5 passes on a easier loop. (2 passes paved) to the river via the Highest Pass on Hwy 50.

  • The easier loop is longer and possibly more scenic.

 

Camping is included at the Sand Dunes Hot Springs on Friday, as is soaking or swimming in the Hot Springs pools.
Glamping cabins are available.
  • Saturday Camping is included at the Drift-In Bar & Grill, right on the Arkansas River.
  • Or you could grab a hotel room in Salida or Poncha Springs.
Getting closer to the sand dunes
Sand Dunes Jeep road

On Day 2 both loops end up at a private campground on the Big Bend of the Arkansas River.

  • Where you can Camp at the Drift-In Bar & Grill, or if you choose, stay in a hotel room.

Day 3 is Off-road from Salida, around the back side (Westside) of Pikes Peak.

  • Off-road to the old railroad line in Elevenmile Canyon and along the South Platte River.
  • Off-road down Rampart Range road to Old Colorado City
  • Day 3 you have option of riding through the Garden of the Gods or riding up Pikes Peak
Oak Creek Grade on the back way to the GSD
Smooth Dirt Roads

These are Epic routes on little known Passes you would not typically do on your own.

  • You have the option to Camp both nights
  • Or stay in a Glamping Cabin at the Sand Dunes Hot Springs on Friday, and to stay in a hotel Saturday night.
  • Or camp at a private campground right on the Arkansas River on Saturday.

Ride your Motorcycle through a little known National Park and enjoy:

  • No Crowds
  • No hassle
  • No Stop Lights
  • Gear Portage (Tent, cot, sleeping bag, ice chest)

 

  • Hot Springs on Day 1
  • Tent camping or a Glamping Cabin

 

  • Camping on the Arkansas river on Day 2
  • Good food and High Adventure with like-minded enthusiasts.
  • Bar & restaurant on site at both camping locales.

 

  • The Club will also transport a community Ice Chest, BBQ, Grill and Utensils
  • Secure Truck parking at the Colorado Springs Airport ($8/day x 3 days)
Great Sand Dunes Loop Map
Great Sand Dunes Loop Map (Clickable)

On Day 1, from the Colorado Springs Airport, ride your Adventure motorcycle around Pikes Peak on spectacular Adventure bike suitable route.

  • On old railroad lines to a Gold mine near the old mining town of Cripple Creek,
  • Then down another outstanding old Railroad line in a canyon to Canon City.
  • To over a Pass to the Oak Creek Grade to the old mining town of Silvercliffe.
Medano Pass from Cripple on the old Railroad line
Arrow to Medano Pass, in the Sangre de Cristo range from Cripple Creek behind Pikes Peak

From Silvercliffe, ride down the Wet Mtn Valley to over 10k foot Medano Pass to the Great Sand Dunes Jeep Road.

  • Through 9 Creek crossings on Medano Creek, to the Great Sand Dunes National Park and then to the Sand Dunes Hot Springs.

 

Or on the Alternate easier route, by-pass the Sand, and ride over dirt Pass Creek Pass to paved La Veta Pass.

  • Ride around Mt. Blanca to the Great Sand Dunes National Park.
  • Then onto the Sand Dunes Hot Springs.
GSD Medano creek
Great Sand Dunes Medano Creek crossing
GSD POOL
Sand Dunes Hot Springs pool (Sand Dunes in the background of photo)

Camp, Soak and eat & drink at the restaurant at the Sand Dunes Hot Springs on Day 1.

Indoor Pool at the GSD Hot Springs
Indoor Pool at the GSD Hot Springs
Pass Creek Pass summit sign
Pass Creek Pass Summit is on the alternate route
Sand Dunes and Medano Pass
Sand Dunes and Medano Pass

On the Great Sand Dunes Hot Springs Adventure Ride, we do Not ride into the Dunes.

  • We Ride around the back of the Great Sand Dunes on a Jeep Road from 10,000 Foot Medano Pass.
  • The Great Sand Dunes are a National Monument, and you cannot ride in the Dunes.
  • Instead, we ride over the 2-track pass and around the back of Dunes on a sandy Jeep road.
  • Then visit the Great Sand Dunes, and ride to the Sand Dunes Hot Springs Pool.
GSD indoor pool
One of the Sand Dunes indoor pools
Glamping Cabins at the Sand Dunes Hot Springs
Glamping Cabins at the Sand Dunes Hot Springs

Oak Creek Grade
Oak Creek Grade on the back way down to Silvercliffe. Sangre de Cristo Mountains in the background.
Entering the Great Sand Dunes National Park from the east side
Entering the Great Sand Dunes National Park from Medano Pass
Medano Pass from the East side
Medano Pass from the East side

Alternate route descriptions:

Off-Road tires are required to ride over Medano Pass and into the back of the Sand Dunes.

  • The Challenging routes on this ride are suitable for a large Adventure bike with off-road tires and a rider with some skills.
  • If you don’t show up with off-road tires, or are concerned with your sand riding skills, choose the alternate route.
  • You can skip Medano Pass.
  • Day 2 there is an Alternate route that avoids semi difficult sections on Ute Pass and the Otto Mears Toll road.
  • These Alternate easier routes make this ride suitable for Novice riders or Pan American Harley’s or Himalayan’s.
  • Or anyone who doesn’t want to ride in the Sand or Rocks !
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LODGING LINK
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Please see these Links for more Info and photos of the Great Sand Dunes Hot Springs Adventure :

GSD INFO:

advtours.com/great-sand-dunes-info/

Great Sand Dunes Info

Railroad History you can ride around Pikes Peak

Great Divide Rides

PHOTOS:

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2022 Google Share File Photos of the Great Sand Dunes Adventure

 

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2023 Google Share File Photos of the Great Sand Dunes Adventure

 

Sand Dunes Recreation, Natural Hot Artesian Water

LINK: SAND DUNES POOL

drift in bar

LINK: DRIFT-IN RIVERSIDE BAR & GRILL

Indoor Pool at the Sand Dunes Hot Springs
Indoor Pool at the Sand Dunes Hot Springs
Outdoor Hot Springs fed pool at thebSand Dunes Hot Springs
Outdoor Hot Springs fed pool at the Sand Dunes Hot Springs
Medano Creek at the Great Sand Dunes National Park
Medano Creek at the Great Sand Dunes National Park
Beer & Wine bar at the GSD Hot Springs Pool
Beer & Wine bar at the GSD Hot Springs Pool
Glamping Cabinsat the GSD Hot Springs Pool
Glamping Cabins at the GSD Hot Springs Pool
Entering the Great Sand Dunes National Park from the east side
Entering the Great Sand Dunes National Park from the east side
Rampart Range Road down to the Garden of the Gods
Rampart Range Road down to the Garden of the Gods

Otto Mears Toll-road
Otto Mears Toll-road on a Honda CRFL 1000

 

FACEBOOK PAGE
GSD FACEBOOK PAGE

GSD ADVENTURE HOMEPAGE

Great Sand Dunes Hot Springs Adventure

 

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