River Road - 11/19/19 version
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River Road is a very easy DS ride along the Arkansas River southeast of Salida. There are two sections with options which provide rides of varying length and duration.
The northern section (RiverRdPowerlineRd) runs from Wellsville to the Turkey Rock trials area. The route is on Fremont County 45 (FC45) and a short section of BLM road 5965 through the gold panning area.
The ride is mostly easy dirt roads. An alternate return on the Powerline Rd is more difficult, with some easy climbs, rocky sections, and a creek crossing - just enough to make it more interesting than the river sections. The Powerline Rd is shown on the map for the Wellsville North area.
RiverRd HaydenCr Rd
The southern section (RiverRdHaydenCrRd) runs from the Turkey Rock trials area to Vallie Bridge, with an optional extension to the Rainbow Trail southwest of Coaldale. The route is on Fremont County 45 (FC45) and optionally on FC6.
The riding mileage are:
Cleora (stockyard south of Salida) to Wellsville Bridge/FC7 3.5 miles
Wellsville Bridge to Vallie Bridge and return same way - xx miles
Wellsville Bridge to Vallie Bridge and return via Powerline Rd - xx miles
Wellsville Bridge to Rainbow Trail and return same way - xx miles
Wellsville Bridge to Rainbow Trail and return via Powerline Rd - xx miles
Wellsville Bridge to Turkey Rock/Trials Area and return on Sand Gulch and Powerline Rd - 21 miles
Right-click a file name to download the gpx file:
The map clips above show the loop and spurs. Click each map to see a larger jpg version showing the entire area (print for reference).
Click north (RiverRdPowerlineRd) pdf map and south (RiverRdHaydenCrRd) pdf map to view or right-click to save pdf maps of the areas for printing. The pdf versions are higher quality than the jpg versions.
DIRECTIONS: From Salida, drive south on Highway 50 about x miles to the Wellsville turnoff at the Wellsville bridge and Fremont County road 7 (FC7). Follow FC7 about x miles to the junction of FC53 and FC45. Bear right, and follow FC45 to the Turkey Rock trials area. Take alternate routes as desired (see comments above).
YouTube no-frills video - River Road ride on 3/5/13 riding a Honda CRF250L.
YouTube no-frills video - Powerline Rd ride on 3/13/13 riding a Honda CRF250L.
See Dual Sport Riding in Central Colorado for information about other areas and rides.
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