SFACON 2022 COLORADO MOTORCYCLE TOUR

Welcome to Colorado! If you haven’t been here before we’ve assembled some notes for you as you enjoy our wonderful scenery during the ride.

While the route we chose is fairly short (174 miles) it will take about 4 to 5 hours to cover the distance with planned stops. Additionally, we go from 6,100 feet above sea level to 10,000 feet, down to 5,300 feet and back to the hotel at 6,100 feet. Remember to drink plenty of water and dress accordingly as the temperatures change with the altitude and terrain.

Our Route; Riders are encouraged to start with a full tank of gas. There are two gas stations at the entrance to the hotel. Our first opportunity for a stop is at Elijah Murphy’s Historic Ute Inn in Woodland Park for those that wish to eat/drink, say Hi to Murph and use the facilities. We will stop at Wilkerson Pass to view the high plains and the Collegiate Peaks. Our next stop is in Hartsel, once a rendezvous location for mountain men. Approximately 3 to 5 miles from Hartsel is a ranch that has a significant amount of buffalo and if they are near the road we will stop for photos. There is an opportunity in Canon City, and Florence for gas/food and facilities. Our next planned stop is at the Special Forces Motorcycle Club’s Clubhouse on 206 South Pikes Peak Avenue in Florence to stretch and get some refreshments. Once done there we will continue north on 115 to Lake and back to the hotel.

We caution all riders that wildlife is prevalent along the roads all over Colorado, so beware! The roads have many hills, sharp curves, switchbacks and chicanes to maneuver, so watch your speed. We will have a motorcycle mechanic and tow truck follow us on the ride if there is any need for vehicle recovery.

A commemorative t-shirt will be available at $45.00 each. Please let us know your size.

All riders and passengers will sign a liability waiver prior to departing from the hotel.

If you plan on renting and not riding to the convention there are no Harley-Davidson motorcycle rentals in Colorado Springs, the closest being in Denver through Eaglerider Motorcycle Rentals – Motorcycle Tours | EagleRider. Indian does rent motorcycles from their location in north Colorado Springs Find a Location – Indian Motorcycle Rentals. Other brands may be available through Ride Share Motorcycle Rentals done right. Find motorcycles for rent near Colorado Springs, CO – Riders Share (riders-share.com).

ROUTE INFORMATION

WOODLAND PARK: Woodland Park, Colorado is located just west of Colorado Springs up Highway 24. Experience the history, adventure and charm of the Rocky Mountains in this mountain community. Surrounded by unspoiled wildness and nestled among one million acres of Pike National Forest. Woodland Park, CO is your perfect mountain hideaway. The natural surroundings include spectacular views of Pikes Peak and Rampart Range.


HARTSEL
: Founded in 1880, Hartsel is known as “The Heart of Colorado”, due to its location at the geographic centre of Colorado. Highway 24 runs though the commercial strip, which offers a restaurant, coffeehouse, gas station and few stores.

US HWY 50: U.S. Route 50 (US 50) is a part of the U.S. Highway System It connects the Western Slope with the lower Front Range and the Arkansas Valley. The highway serves the areas of Pueblo and Grand Junction as well as many other smaller areas along its corridor.


CANON CITY
: Known as Colorado’s Royal Gorge Region, Canon City offers world-class attractions and activities. The area draws in visitors from all over to see the Royal Gorge Bridge & Park and its unique collection of dinosaur bones and fossils.

FLORENCE: Florence is indeed small, and nowhere near as busy as larger cities, but it is a place you can go to slow down and settle in. There are more than enough places for dinning, coffee or cold beer.