Top 5 Best Motorcycle Rides in Colorado (2021 Riding Season Year-End Review)

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We looked at a full collection of 2021 motorcycle riding season data when millions of riders visited to find the best motorcycles rides and routes in the USA, Canada, and abroad.  For over 20 years now, has been documenting the best/most-popular motorcycle roads, routes, and rides and for about a decade, we have published annual reports after diving into the website's statistics (which routes are riders researching the most, which routes are getting the most photo/video/comment uploads, etc., etc.) to determine which of the motorcycle routes have risen to the top in motorcycle rider popularity.  We look at a complex set of factors (see Note 2 below) to determine which of the motorcycle rides in each of the states and US regions are the most popular and rated to be the best by motorcycle riders just like you.  Our very popular annual "Top Motorcycle Rides per Region" guides cover the best rides for each of the four official riding regions of the USA: the Northeast, the South, the Midwest, and the West.  This year we took things a step further and decided to gone one level deeper and develop guides outlining the Top 5 Best Motorcycle Rides in for the US states and so you are seeing one of those such guides on this page.   

Colorado has earned its reputation as a state that is among the most beautiful in the entire US with its collection of Rock Mountains that dominate the western 2/3rds of the state.  And these are not just any Rock Mountains as they have the greatest collection of mountain peaks exceeding the gold standard 14,000 ft measurement often referred to simply as 14ers.  In fact Colorado owns more 14ers than any other state in the US (including Alaska) at 53!   Now keep in mind that tall mountains alone don't make for great riding in Colorado as the state has truly wonderful rides that are in/near canyons and semi-arid rock formations as well and we've got some great examples of those in our listing below. So, starting from #5 and working our way down to the #1 best motorcycle ride in Colorado .


After reviewing an entire year of activity of Colorado motorcycle riders, here are the results:

Top 5 Most Popular Motorcycle Rides in Colorado!


#5 The Black Canyon Run

Black Canyon Trail is a 32-mile out-and-back trail in Estes Park, Colorado that has a lake and is classified as moderate. The path is best utilized from April through September for hiking, camping, and horseback riding. This trail is also open to horses.

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#4 Unaweep Tabeguache Scenic Road - CO 141

The Unaweep-Tebeguache Scenic Byway is a 131-mile path that makes its way from Unaweep Canyon to the center of the Uncompahgre Plateau, passing through a variety of plateaus and mesas. The one-of-a-kind red rock formation is one of the state's most remarkable landforms and it follows the trip from start to finish.

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#3 Peak To Peak Highway

Peak to Peak Highway is Colorado's oldest scenic byway. It is 60 miles long, runs through Gilpin, Boulder, and Larimer Counties, and would take at least two to three hours to finish. Every curve is a beautiful display of some of Colorado's greatest natural treasures.

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#2 The Walden Loop (Courtesy Of Greeley HD & Yamaha)

From Fort Collins, take Highway 14 west via Poudre River Canyon into Walden for the 220-mile Walden Loop. It is a nice day excursion, with Fort Collins on one end and Walden, called the Moose Capital of Colorado, on the other, passing through Rocky Mountain National Park and whizzing right by Grand Lake.

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#1 San Juan Mountain Skyway

Traveling over the brilliant multihued San Juan Mountains and stopping at historic areas of considerable importance, Colorado's San Juan Skyway, a Scenic and Historic Byway, is frequently regarded as an important trip for road travelers, passing through prominent mountain towns such as Durango, Silverton, Ouray, and Telluride.

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Note 1:  All facts and figures below were gathered in Dec of 2021 and will change over time as new motorcycle roads are added to the collection.  For an update listing, you can go to at any time, search on a state of your choosing, and you'll be presented with a list of the best motorcycle roads in that state.  You can also search on the newest motorcycle routes to be registered in that state as well as sift through the routes based on other filters.  Some examples of filtered searches you can do is to filter results based on - only the routes in your state that have 5-star scenery ratings, or only routes with a 5-star driving excitement rating and at least a 3-star rating for scenery, etc. etc.

Note 2:  How were these popularity ratings calculated? 
A motorcycle road’s popularity can be based on a wide variety of factors.  Our analysis considered some obvious indicators of motorcycle road popularity such each roads’ “Rider Rating” scores (star ratings) and which motorcycle road description pages were visited the most.  But, the analysis dug deeper and looked at some less obvious yet valuable indicators of a motorcycle road’s popularity such as how often a given motorcycle road was added to riders’ “To Ride” lists, how often a given motorcycle road was added to riders’ “Rode it” lists and enthusiasm indicators such how often photos and/or videos were uploaded for a given road and which roads are attracting the most buzz among motorcycle roads indicated by those roads that are receiving the most number of new/recent comments.  For the sake of being consistent and as objective as possible we use a popularity algorithm that “crunches those number” and allows us to develop a ranking of the popularity of each of the motorcycle roads used as a basis for this guide.


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