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If you end up returning through Utah/Colorado you should definately consider heading south from Grand Junction, Colorado and following that to Druango. Basically between Ouray and Durago is The Million Dollar Highway. It winds through the mountains and is very scenic. It's one of the best rides in the western part of Colorado. A group of us went through there a couple years back. You can do a Google search for the million dollar highway and find out more info.
yep Mese Verde is cool. I'm not sure how much free camping you'll find in national parks. I think you meant national forests. In the NF pick a spot and camp, just mind your fire and make sure it's out when you leave. I can tell you about a trip I took from Colorado out to Monterey California for the MotoGP races at Laguna. I took hwy 50 out to Reno and then dropped over the Sierras on hwy 4. Then hung out at the races and rode hwy 1 along the coast for a few days. The trip back was the best route. From Monterey I made my way east through Yosemite and Tioga Pass and stopped near the Nevada/Ca border in Lee Vining for the night. The next morning I had to cross Nevada-in July, so I left Lee Vining early and made my way across the desert averaging probably close to 80mph, which means I had long sprints of 100+ mph. I made it across Nevada in 6 hours and stopped in Cedar City Utah for the night. The next day was a trip across southern Utah from Bryce through Escalante and Blanding. This was a great route along hwy 12,24,95. I stopped in Montecello Utah for the night. The Colorado border was just a quick 2 hour sprint the next morning and I went through Mesa Verde for a couple hours before heading over Wolf Creek Pass on hwy 160 to South Fork Colorado. Then I headed north on hwy 149 through Creede To Lake City and camped near Lake San Cristobal. Home was just 4 hours away from there so I did some fishing and cruised home later in the afternoon.
It was an epic trip and a great route-highly recommended.
Near Durango and Mesa Verde
Million Dollar Highway hwy 550
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