Motorcycles on Mountain Highways

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(Colorado) – When you leave your house on any trip, you always intend to return.  Don’t let your two-wheel tour of Colorado’s San Juan Mountains, the Waldon Loop or the Peak to Peak Highway end anywhere other than in your own driveway. Know your route before heading out to ensure a successful Colorado motor tour.

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It may be 80 and sunny at home, but be sure to bring that cold weather gear and plenty of water. Elevation and unpredictable road conditions are a part of riding through the Rockies. Watch some of our troopers’ dashcam video footage of popular routes to help you plan and anticipate a variety of common conditions on Colorado’s western slope. It’s easy to get caught up in taking in the scenery and forget for a moment to scan for animals on the road or those uneven lanes due to summertime construction.

Here are some of the more common hazards to watch for during your ride:

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  • Blind corners with sheer rock faces next to the road
  • Narrow shoulders or no shoulder at all with sharp drop-offs
  • Rocks, gravel and other debris from snow melt
  • Switchbacks and tight corners with little preparation time
  • Congestion from RVs and vehicles towing boats and ATVs
  • Potholes, bumps and weather-damaged surfaces
  • Wildlife

To help prepare for your ride, visit Colorado State Patrol’s Super Cruising web page to watch videos on your selected roadway or similar ones.

As part of a recreational travel awareness campaign to Colorado’s western slope, Super Cruising in Colorado, the Colorado State Patrol has created a web resource to help prepare visitors on the scenic byways and mountain roadways throughout the area and common traits of two-lane roads.

With a little advanced planning and practice, you will be ready to tackle the western slope and enjoy the scenic views.


Since our origin in 1935, the Colorado State Patrol (CSP) has focused on preserving human life and protecting property within our communities. Our 1,100 members embody the core values of Honor, Duty, and Respect in their daily jobs.  In addition to our expertise in motor vehicle safety on the state’s roadways, the CSP is responsible for the Governor and other dignitaries’ protection, commercial motor vehicle enforcement, hazardous materials, homeland security, communications, investigative services, criminal interdiction, community education, aviation operations, and more.