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My wife and I are coming to town for a few days (july 18th -27th) of riding and we wanted to camp in a primitive area rather than the usual pay to camp comercial camp grounds. We will be riding the 401 and others and would like to be in riding distance to the trails. Is this possible? I've been to the area (I lived in Denver for a few years) but never really checked out the local scene. Ant help from you locals would be wonderful. Also, would any of the bike shops in the area be willing to entertain two MTB's (for a fee or free) while folks went Rafting? Yes, I think that takes care of all my crazy questions. It would be so much easier to just bike to Co and leave the car home. Then I wouldn't have to worry about what to do with the bikes while rafting. Could anyone recomend a good rafting outfit around that area also? If you ever make it to KC Mo give a shout and I'll answer all your crazy concerns and questions ( I might even entertain a guided MTB tour of our trails ;) )! Thanks!

On a side note I'm currently in KC Mo but have friends and have lived in san diego as well as denver and used to joke about how wierd it was that Folks from Co were friendly and receptive to folks from Mo relocating there but Ca wasn't. However Ca was very receptive and friendly to folks from Co. A strange dichotomy that cannot be reconciled hence the fact that i found i had to live in Co prior to moving to Ca. :D Yep...alright then. :rolleyes:
 

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My wife and I are coming to town for a few days (july 18th -27th) of riding and we wanted to camp in a primitive area rather than the usual pay to camp comercial camp grounds. We will be riding the 401 and others and would like to be in riding distance to the trails. Is this possible? I've been to the area (I lived in Denver for a few years) but never really checked out the local scene. Ant help from you locals would be wonderful. Also, would any of the bike shops in the area be willing to entertain two MTB's (for a fee or free) while folks went Rafting? Yes, I think that takes care of all my crazy questions. It would be so much easier to just bike to Co and leave the car home. Then I wouldn't have to worry about what to do with the bikes while rafting. Could anyone recomend a good rafting outfit around that area also? If you ever make it to KC Mo give a shout and I'll answer all your crazy concerns and questions ( I might even entertain a guided MTB tour of our trails ;) )! Thanks!

On a side note I'm currently in KC Mo but have friends and have lived in san diego as well as denver and used to joke about how wierd it was that Folks from Co were friendly and receptive to folks from Mo relocating there but Ca wasn't. However Ca was very receptive and friendly to folks from Co. A strange dichotomy that cannot be reconciled hence the fact that i found i had to live in Co prior to moving to Ca. :D Yep...alright then. :rolleyes:
There are several places to camp along the Gothic road on the way to the 401 trailhead and finding a spot w/in riding distance should not be a problem.

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Great places to camp for free is on BLM land. The one great spot that I know about is on a creek and very close to riding areas. I can’t remember the name of the campground however I can give you directions. As you enter CB continue through CB as you were headed to Mount CB (the ski resort) there will be a cemetery to your right then a dirt road to you left, take the road. Go for about 3 miles and you will see the camp ground in the bottom of the valley to your left. The road down is steep and rocky, but I saw plenty of sedans and RVs make it down with little problem. There are lots campsites, some by the creek, more if you want to cross the river. The campground has a vault toilet and little else.

Closer to trail 401, the best trail in CB in my humble opinion, is on the other side of Gothic from CB. You will see it off to your left several miles outside of Gothic before you start the accent to Shofeild pass. This is a really beautiful primitive area with lots of wildlife. I did not camp here so I cannot say what amenities the campground has. It also is very close to where trail 403 ends.

I will be in CB the first two weeks of August camping at the first location. Have a great time.
 
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