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Climbing the Pikes Peak Highway

Pikes Peak Highway scenic stops

Stacy V. Bearse
December 3, 2013

The year was 1806. After traversing the flat plains of what is now eastern Colorado, Zebulon Pike saw a smudge on the horizon. The next day the smudge became a bump. By the third or fourth day, Pike realized he had a mountain to climb. I had the same feeling as I cruised westward on State Route 24, headed... Read more »

Great Roads: Oklahoma

Red Rock Canyon outside Hinton, Oklahoma.

Story by Alan Paulsen, Edited by Heather Reinhart
September 4, 2013

Upon entering Oklahoma, a decorative granite sign demarcates the state line, followed soon by a billboard depicting a Buffalo Bill character, waving his Stetson, astride a spotted horse rearing out of the sign in welcoming exhortation. My next stop was the Route 66 museum in Clinton. This so-called Mother... Read more »

Twisted Sisters: The Texas Hill Country’s Most Famous Trio

A ranch valley from Ranch Road 337. These valleys are found in between the ridges in the Hill Country and most of them are jewels.

Russ Locke
July 8, 2013

Three Hill Country Ranch Roads, 335, 336 and 337, are known throughout Texas as the Twisted Sisters, and riders come from near and far to enjoy them. For me it is near, just a short ride from my home to the first Sister. The first stop is usually in Bandera at the Old Spanish Trails Restaurant, better... Read more »

Wild Texas: A Winter Ride to Big Bend

The Sierra Del Carmen Mountains at sunset on the east side of Big Bend National Park.

Don Mills
May 6, 2013

When winter drifts into North Texas, those of us who ride year-round seek more agreeable climates, yet never have to leave the state. Big Bend National Park, where the Rio Grande does a U-turn on the border between Mexico and Texas, is very attractive between November and April. During the summer months,... Read more »

Riding The Santa Fe Trail: A Journey Back in Time From Missouri to New Mexico

Black Beauty, my Harley-Davidson steel horse, in the middle of the Santa Fe Trail (U.S. Route 350) heading for Trinidad, Colorado, 80 miles of arrow-straight history.

Bob Jacobs
April 2, 2013

In 1821, everything south of the Arkansas River was Mexico. Newly free from Spain, the Mexican government took new resources north to the provincial capital of Santa Fe and welcomed trade with America—we just had to get there. For centuries, Indian tribes like the Pawnee, Cheyenne and Comanche and... Read more »

Motorcycle Travel Through the Rocky Mountains

My wife, Sandy, enjoying the scenery as we rode through the Sawatch Mountain Range.

Don Metz
October 8, 2012

The high mountain passes of the Rocky Mountains are an incomparable motorcycle touring experience, ringing with the legacy of tens of thousands of gold prospectors who fearlessly blazed trails across them in search of riches. Sunsets over the Front Range of the Rocky Mountains are often a spectacular... Read more »

Colorado Chasms: Riding the other Canyonlands

The serpentine park road winds along the edge of the canyon for 23 miles.

Kathleen Kemsley
June 4, 2012

(This Favorite Ride was published in the June 2012 issue of Rider Magazine.) Story and photos by Kathleen Kemsley Colorado is best known for its lofty peaks, and rightly so. Those reaching at least 14,000 feet in elevation, known as Fourteeners, number 53 in this not-flat state. A lesser-known side of... Read more »

Going Loopy for New Mexico: Motorcycle Travel Feature

Spectacular scenery along the gravel road to Ghost Ranch.

Bill Stermer
April 2, 2012

At an overlook near Cumbres Pass (elevation 10,022 feet) north of Chama, New Mexico, I parked the 2011 Victory Cross Country to take a break. Soon I was joined by a man in a cowboy hat who had climbed out of his pickup truck to stand on a granite outcropping and peer through binoculars. He explained... Read more »

High Adventure in Colorado and Utah

Rainbow

Steve Larsen
February 1, 2012

[This High Adventure in Colorado and Utah was originally published in the September 2011 issue of Rider magazine] Few regions in the United States have more low-traffic miles of wonderful twisty roads and stunning natural beauty than western Colorado and southern Utah. The goal this time is to link great... Read more »

Crossing Western Colorado on Old U.S. 6

Old U.S. 6 and I-70 in Colorado

Ken Bingenheimer
January 24, 2012

[This Crossing Western Colorado on Old U.S. 6 was originally published in the January 2012 issue of Rider magazine] I’ve eyed it longingly on countless trips on Interstate 70 across the Colorado mountains. The sparsely traveled two-lane winds its way alongside the interstate, at times close by, at... Read more »

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