I'm leading a trip to the Devil's Spine in New Mexico / Arizona, leaving tomorrow (Friday 4/27/12) from Buena Vista, CO.
The riders are from Denver and Colorado Springs so we'll be meeting in Buena Vista for breakfast at 8:30am and leaving after breakfast for Montrose, CO and then down south to Gallup, NM.I have 5 riders total and room for 1 more if anyone is interested in this last minute trip. It's 1600 miles over 3 days (Fri/Sat/Sun).
Original thread is here.
Total mileage: - 1,600 give or take.
Day 1: - Colorado Springs > Montrose > Galluphttp://mapq.st/xaCNos
Day 2: Gallup > Alpine > Clifton > Reserve > Grantshttp://mapq.st/xh4J3n
Breakfast in Gallup, Lunch in Alpine (we'll hit Alpine for a second time after completing the spine) - then ride to Grants, NM for the night and dinner.
Day 3: Grants > Durango > Montrose > Colorado Springshttp://mapq.st/xcKPM1
Lunch in Durango or Silverton or Ouray. It's 260 miles from Grants to Ouray and 237 from Grants to Silverton. Durango is 190 miles from Grants.
Sunrise @ 6:09am
Sunset @ 7:48pm
Day 1: Buena Vista > Montrose > Cortez > Gallup, NM - 500 miles.
7:00 AM meet at Jan's Restaurant in Buena Vista for breakfast and a pre-ride briefing. Buena Vista is roughly 100 miles (2 hours) from both Denver and Colorado Springs.
Departure at 8:00 AM.
304 US Highway 24 S Buena Vista, CO 81211
As always I'll provide detailed maps, emergency contact info and words of encouragement.
As we get closer to Gallup we'll be going to the Navajo Nation. If you've never seen their mountains, well... they're a little different then what we have in Colorado. Definitely cool. You'll see this by the end of day 1.
Day 2. Ride The Spine!
Gallup, NM> Alpine, AZ > Clifton, AZ > Alpine, AZ > Grants, NM
The Spine is basically 95 miles of this.
Bring your A game! We'll grab breakfast and then it's 150 miles to the Alpine, AZ and the start of real fun. The route begins and ends in Alpine, AZ. Route goes clock-wise.
Immediately following the Spine we'll stop somewhere for lunch and collectively decide where to go. The two primary options are Grants, NM or Socorro, NM.
What's the difference you ask? Grants is north and puts us through Durango, The Million Dollar Highway, Hwy 50's triple digit sweepers and if time allows, The Black Canyon and Independence Pass.
Socorro takes us through Las Alamos, Taos, The Enchanted Circle and Hwy 12 to La Veta, CO. This route also involved significant portions on I-25 so it's overall quicker. Both routes are within a few miles of total distance.
We'll play it by ear after the Spine.
Day 3. Approximately 500 miles
Home via Durango, million dollar highway and highway 50 east.
Estimated Cost - $250-300
1700 miles / 45mpg = 37.8/gal of fuel @ $4.00/gal = $151 in fuel cost
Lodging - 2 per room @ $30-35 each per night, 2 nights = $60-70
Food - $25/day x 3 days = $75