RIDE & EVENT DETAILS
We work to minimize pavement mileage, maximize scenery and fun, and generally only use paved roads as necessary to tie dirt loops together and access amenities.
Our rides cover routes you cannot put together on a map. If you could put the routes on a map, you couldn’t follow the map. Trail markings in the Rocky Mountains are, even in designated riding areas, often missing, non-existent, outdated, misplaced or confusing.
Chaffee County, Colorado should truly be called a ‘Mecca’ for off-road motorcyclist’s. The Arkansas River starts to the North in Leadville and exits the Rocky Mountains to the East through Salida, which means ‘Exit’ in Spanish. The headwaters of the Rio Grande river are the Southern boundary. The Continental Divide is the Western boundary.
Mecca – noun
1) A place that is regarded as the center of an activity or interest.
2) A goal to which adherents of a religious faith or practice fervently aspire.
Old miners cabin @ the Continental Divide
This region is called the rooftop of North America.
There are more 14 thousand foot peaks in Chaffee County than in any other County in the Continental U.S.
There are hundreds of miles of old mining roads, railroad right of ways and singletrack trails in the area.
Plus, one of the only portions of the Continental Divide trail open to motorcycles.
Riders start the ride whenever they want and ride at their own pace with whoever they want, but everyone should be on the route by 9 am.
This ride will start and end at the fairgrounds where primitive camping is included from Thursday until Tuesday for the group.
STAY ON MARKED TRAILS
The X-Roads of the Rockies rides are self-guided – We do not provide guides. Every rider will be emailed GPS tracks and maps . Roll charts that contain turn mileage, important route information, and other notes are included with the GPS Track Que sheets. The maps provide an overview of each day’s route so that riders have a general sense of where they are and where they’re going, but are not detailed-enough for navigation. There will be no course markings.
Important information concerning the routes will only be contained on the roll charts. Turn mileage, landmarks, points of interest, etc. We recommend every rider have a roll chart holder and re-settable odometer.
Use your GPS as the good tool that it is, but we highly recommend you install and use a roll chart to enhance your ride experience, safety and enjoyment.
Because we have so many loop options available in 2019, you should choose which routes you want to ride beforehand and print, tape and cut your own Roll Charts from the GPS Track Que Sheets.
The 7 P’s
- On the Singletrack and Dual Sport loops you will ride through remote, rugged locations that are often inaccessible by truck.
- You should carry your own tube, plug kit, tool kit, air, lighter, first aid, water, snacks, tow strap, etc.
- Carry a cell phone and we highly recommend the use of a satellite-operated tracking and rescue device such as a SPOT – you will often be out of cell phone range.
- Have your motorcycle geared for at least 70 mph, so that you can keep up with traffic on highway sections.
Creek crossing in the Summertime
- We may provide “outriders” to help you if you need a shortcut to the finish or have questions along the way, but they should NOT be considered “sweep” riders: They are not medics, will not be available to fix bikes or change flats, nor will they have extra parts.
- If you get stranded we will of course do whatever we can to bail you out, however if we need to arrange evacuation, medical aid, or any other form of rescue assistance for you there may be a reasonable charge associated with that assistance.
- There may be a course photographer in a strategic place each day to take your picture and provide photos for you online after the event.
- Our rides comply with USFS land use requirements, but there is no guarantee that it is permissible or legal to ride everywhere on our routes.
- Most USFS and BLM Motor Vehicle Use Maps are outdated, inaccurate, ambiguous, and difficult to read even for the rangers, but especially for the general public.
- Even in designated riding areas, USFS and BLM route signs are often missing, non-existent, outdated, misplaced and confusing. In many areas private property boundaries are not well defined or even posted.
Heart of the Rockies Map
WHERE DOES THE RIDE START?
At the Chaffee County Fairgrounds which are located 5 miles Southwest of downtown Salida near the the intersection of Hwy’s 285 & 50.
10165 C.R. 120, Salida, Colorado, 81201.
More Miscellaneous Info:
- Secure truck parking for the weekend
- Chase Truck will be available if necessary
- These rides are Limited to approximately 75 Riders because of USFS Club Ride Parameters.
- Limiting the size of the group keeps its manageable, so we can all have a more enjoyable experience without a large crowd.