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MNawman

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Posted: 05/05/21 04:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I’m planning a trip from Estes Park Co to the Black Hills SD. I ll be driving a 43 ft class A with Jeep in tow. Can I take US 34? Any input would be greatly appreciated.

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Should not be a problem, good road with turns but not to sharp.


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craig7h wrote:

Should not be a problem, good road with turns but not to sharp.


^^^^^ This.

After the 2013 Flood, much of the roadway, especially below Drake, was rebuilt. It was raised in places, and straightened out in places. Very good road surface.

If you have the time, 2 places to check out: The Cherry Pie place just before you enter the Narrows on the eastbound side, has great cherry cider, pies, and jellies; and the Dam Store as you exit the Narrows and canyon, has a great view of a waterfall there and a gift shop.


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Great. Thank you!

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MNawman wrote:

Great. Thank you!

Mark


And if you don't know already, get north as fast as you can. Denver has gotten to be horrible... We were going to Estes as long as 35 years ago and have friends (natives) who can no longer afford to live there even though their parents left multiple kids a couple hundred K each after estate settlements. That's bad... We now live in MT and the "last best place" is starting to head down that path itself...

We don't even go to Estes anymore and I hear Rocky Mountain is going to have "reserved" access this year... Amazing. We were going to retire there but now have land in Custer in the Black Hills. Custer is a good place to base out of for the Black Hills.

Big Pine and Fort Welicat are good sites that can take your unit and are NOT parking lots. Good luck getting a reservation. Hit the "purple pie" place and the little restaurant downtown for breakfast... In the park, hit the Game lodge, get an adult beverage and sit on the porch... Best time to hit the wildlife loop is early and late for animals. But anytime is good. Day trips to Badlands easy, Iron Mountain road and needles are a must... Sylvan lake lodge is very nice also for an easy hike around the lake or hard if you want and do dinner at the lodge there and sit outside. Ask for one of the local maps by most every cash register in the Black Hills... Looks like this https://www.blackhillsvacations.com/plan-your-visit/black-hills-maps

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Thanks for the info Kavoom! This is a scouting trip for future trips. We want to gather information on utv trails as well as good campgrounds. We are looking forward to exploring the Black Hills. This may be our last trip to Estes if it’s that bad.

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MNawman wrote:

Thanks for the info Kavoom! This is a scouting trip for future trips. We want to gather information on utv trails as well as good campgrounds. We are looking forward to exploring the Black Hills. This may be our last trip to Estes if it’s that bad.

Mark


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If you like that sort of trail/back road riding, then ride the old Trail Ridge Road up to the visitor's center. It is narrow and crooked and dirt but interesting. One way going up so you have to figure and heading back by highway if you are in something like a Polaris. We saw a lot of wild life the last time we were that way a few years back. We were in a Honda Element so it is doable in a street type ride also.

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Posted: 05/06/21 02:40pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

34 will come out on 25 north of Denver. The farther from Denver the better. JMHO Have a good trip and be safe. Betsy.


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Horsedoc wrote:

If you like that sort of trail/back road riding, then ride the old Trail Ridge Road up to the visitor's center. It is narrow and crooked and dirt but interesting. One way going up so you have to figure and heading back by highway if you are in something like a Polaris. We saw a lot of wild life the last time we were that way a few years back. We were in a Honda Element so it is doable in a street type ride also.


You are definitely NOT allowed to ride a ATVs/UTV/golf cart in the National Parks!

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