OCTOBER 7-12 2020
October 17-20 2020
Rio Grande Gorge, NM
Taos , NM
Great Sand Dunes Hot Springs Pool, CO
MORE INFO TO COME
HOWARD DIRT BIKE FESTIVAL
For many people, the summer of 2020 has been like no other in recent memory.
Public health restrictions caused by the COVID-19 panic have led to cancelled festivals, concerts and other big events. Despite the challenges caused by the COVID-19 panic, there’s still plenty of fun to be had.
In fact, seeking out fun activities may be even more important now. Doing something you enjoy can distract you from problems and help you cope with life’s challenges.
Why choose outdoor activities?
When you’re outside, fresh air is constantly moving. Being outside offers other benefits, too. It offers an emotional boost and can help you feel less tense, stressed, angry or depressed.
HOWARD DIRT BIKE FESTIVAL OCTOBER 7-12 2020
The weekend of October 10-11 could be your last chance to ride in the mountains in 2020.
The Autumn air will be cool and crisp and a jacket and heated grips would not be a bad idea. If inclement weather were to strike, Texas Creek and 4 Mile are both low altitude riding areas that are easily accessible from Howard, CO.
The Howard Dirt Bike Festival will take place from 2 Private Campgrounds in Howard, CO. from Wednesday to Monday. The Rocky Top River Ranch and the Blackbear RV Resort will host riders and their families from Oct 7 to the 12th. Both facilities are clean, offer motel rooms in addition to RV Hook-ups and truck & tent camping locations.
The DB Fest will include Dinner from 5-7 pm Saturday and Breakfast from 6-8 am Sunday @ Rocky Top River Ranch.
The DB Festival will consist of Singletrack trails, Dual Sport and Adventure Loops. Your motorcycle should be street legal and you should have Liability Insurance. If you have kids that want to ride, or your bike is not plated, the Turkey Rock BLM recreation area is just a short drive across one of Howard’s 2 bridges, conveniently located near both campgrounds. We may utilize some of the flat land for a grass track kids course, or your kids can just ride in the area.
The DB Festival will also host a Concert Saturday evening at the Rocky Top River Ranch resort.
Neither facility currently has a liquor license, so be sure to BYOB.
We may also stage a slow wheelie contest and have some local artisans, rock collectors and prospectors available so you may check out their local wares.
THE RIDING PART OF THE FESTIVAL
BRING 2 BIKES ? OR YOUR VINTAGE DUAL SPORT ?
If singletrack is your thing, you can get your fill. The Rainbow trail is accessible from Hayden Pass just down the road in Coaldale. You can access the Rainbow Trail and Coaldale from River Road at the campgrounds. River Road is a dirt road on the North side of the river. Ride up Hayden Creek Road where you can then ride the Rainbow up-river to Hwy 285, or utilize one of several bail-outs back down to Hwy 50.
If you make it to Hwy 285, you could then ride up past the Shirley OHV site to Silvercreek. Ride back down the Rainbow in the proper direction to Hwy 285.
The Rainbow trail is the longest continuous Singletrack motorcycle trail in Colorado.
Rainbow Trail in red
If your feeling spunky, you could also ride up Poncha Creek to the Continental Divide and Marshall Pass. Then take the CDT (Continental Divide Trail) past Agate Creek and Greens Creek to Monarch Pass. From Monarch Pass reverse course and come down Greens Creek. This is known as the 4 Pass Loop. Hayden, Poncha, Marshall & Monarch Passes. Approx 120 miles.
From Greens Creek or Hwy 285 we can get you back to Howard on 90% dirt.
You could also investigate the Rainbow East from Hayden Pass. The Hayden Pas fire compromised portions of the trail, but the trail did go all the way to the Great Sand Dunes.
How are you going to navigate if you don’t know the way ? We will not have Guides or Trail markings. Sign up for the Howard Dirt Bike Festival includes Exit Tours Club Membership. Which includes Club Membership to Ride with GPS. We will Email you loops. Loop maps work on any smart phone, even without cell service. You also have the option of an electronic Roll Chart for the Dual Sport and ADV Loops.
DUAL SPORT LOOPS
Multiple Options. River/Powerline Loop from Turkey Rock to Wellsville, Hayden Pass to Bonanza. River Road to Ute Pass to 4 Mile. Access to the CDT. Greens Creek. Agate Creek to Sargents. Marshall Pass. The Poncha Loop. Bonanza has multiple options. Multiple options in 4 Mile for 2 track and singletrack.
How far do you want to go ? You can ride loops locally of anywhere from 80 to 200 miles.
MULTIPLE MOUNTAIN LOOPS (EASY TO SOMEWHAT EXTREME)
Or you could ride a Colorado 2 Day loop of 350 + miles?
- Around Pikes Peak to Victor & Cripple Creek.
- 5 Passes to Leadville.
- The Great Sand Dunes Loop to the Sand Dunes Hot Springs Pool.
SUNDAY NIGHT MT.PRINCETON INFINITY POOL
We have reserved the Infinity Pool and a Cash Bar Sunday Night Oct 11 from 7:30 to 9:30
If you wish to soak in some hot spring water after riding, and enjoy an Adult Beverage while soaking, sign up.
You can Sign-Up for the pool on the Sign-Up Link or at either campground.
There is also a place for the kids to swim.
If the Howard Dirt Bike Festival works in 2020, look for the 2nd annual next year.
Howard CO flyer v1
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