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Leadville to Minturn on US 24

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By asp125 (22 McR Points) on Dec 17, 2012

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Written Directions

Take Hwy 91 north out of Leadville and pick up the left turn at Hwy24 and follow it north to Minturn

Scenery

This ride is a typical high country ride in Colorado. The best time is in early mid September when stands of Aspen turn golden. 24 starts out crossing a high plain with a slow climb to Tennessee Pass. Keep an eye open for some old miners log cabins by the side of the road. Stop at the top of Tennessee Pass and pay a visit to the 10th Mountain Division Memorial to the soldiers who trained in the nearby Camp Hale and the mountains. As you descend the pass you can see the remains of Camp Hale. The road gets technical up towards Redcliff. It crosses over a high arched bridge. (take a right just after the bridge, to loop down in the deep canyon for a good photo op of the bridge). Continuing north, Hwy 24 descends into Minturn and beyond to meet up with I-70

Drive Enjoyment

Expect narrow curves and tight corners. This is a technical road with older pavement. Bumps are to be expected. Ridden spiritedly it's a workout, but well worth it.

Tourism Opportunities

In Leadville: The Golden Burro is a good eatery dating back to the turn of the century mining heydays. Leadville has a great and colorful history including Doc Holliday as one of it's visitors. At the other end, Minturn has a few good bars; The Minturn Country Club offers a grill your own dinner. The Roundtable is a cute 50's era diner with a genuine blue plate special.

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