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Old 07-26-2014, 05:13 PM   #1
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I'm getting ready to head to Colorado for a week, and was looking for some light-to-medium wheeling ideas from y'all. I'll be spending Monday-Wednesday around Colorado Springs (I'm staying with some friends on their ranch near Elbert). Thursday and Friday I'll be outside Estes Park - I'm planning on spending the night up on the divide, doing some astrophotography. So anyway, could any of you point me to some cool trails/fire roads that will be fun/cool for some light wheeling. I'm taking my sister with me, but we'll be wheeling alone, so I don't want to attempt any places that might require extraction.

Also, does anyone know the gun laws for Colorado? I usually keep a revolver in a case under my seat, and don't want to run into any problems. I don't have a CC license, but like to keep something on hand "just in case."

Thanks for the help!

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I did goose creek trail last weekend, real light wheeling but it goes across the hayman fire area from back in 2002 I believe. A couple people in my office said Imogen pass is a trail with spectacular views, a few old mining towns and great valley views. Check out traildamage.com and you can view trails by county
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Old 07-27-2014, 11:43 AM   #3
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Imogen pass is a trail with spectacular views, a few old mining towns and great valley views.
That sound pretty cool - old mining towns could be fun! I'll take a look at the site, I also came across staythetrail.org, which shows a bunch of areas and trails.
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samnmax,

In short, you may conceal your firearm in your vehicle. You may not conceal your firearm on your person without a concealed handgun license.

See 18-12-105, 2(b)-(c)
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Now, that applies for Colorado. You'll need to research any other state you pass through on your way to Colorado in the event that you get pulled over and your vehicle is searched.

You may want to consider a CHL as you often have the advantage of reciprocity when traveling from your home state to other states. I myself don't like the idea of having the state place my name in a database, thereby knowing I have firearms, but it does have its advantages.
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Old 07-27-2014, 09:56 PM   #5
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You'll need to research any other state you pass through on your way to Colorado in the event that you get pulled over and your vehicle is searched.
Thanks for the info! I'm in Kansas, so I won't have to worry about any other state laws.
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When you are in Estes Park it's a short drive over to Nederland. There's a trail called Caribou that runs from Eldora over to Rainbow Lakes campground. You can also hit it in the middle if you want to skip the hard(er) stuff. If you start in Eldora it adds significantly to the time. The first few miles were more difficult than I anticipated. Very narrow. Steep in some sections. Fortunately I didn't run into anyone coming down while I was going up...backing down that would have been beyond my comfort zone. The last 3 miles are relatively easy with lots of mud right now. The views at the top are fantastic. It's all Fire Road 505.
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Just got back yesterday from telluride and ouray.

I'd suggest doing Imogene and Yankee boy basin. I liked the top to ouray side more because it wasn't a 9000 foot shelf road and it had more rocks and streams to play on. Also, you could do Ophir pass which I didn't get to do but it's a popular one. We did a really easy one called alta lakes and it breaks off to gold king basin and it was awesome scenery. Others are engineer pass/alpine loop from ouray.

If your down in Durango there are 6-7 trails you can do there also.

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