Now it’s up the canyon through Gould and on into Walden Co for a late lunch at the River Rock Café.
The town of Walden sits at an elevation of 8099 feet. Due to its elevation, Walden has a Subalpine climate closely bordering on a Semi-arid climate. It was established in 1889 and was incorporated 2 December 1890. Walden was named to honor Marcus Aurelius Walden, a local area postmaster.
Kickstand up and off to Steamboat Springs South Dakota and Wyoming for the night.
Home to Bill Kidd Steamboat Resort is a major ski area. It is located on Mount Werner, a mountain in the Park Range in the Routt National Forest. The name of Steamboat Springs is thought to have originated around the early 1800s when French trappers thought they heard the chugging sound of a steamboat’s steam engine. The sound turned out to be a natural mineral spring, to be named the Steamboat Spring.
In 1900, the town was incorporated with James Crawford as the first mayor. By 1902, the town had 3 hotels, 3 livery stables, 3 banks, 4 general stores, 2 meat markets, and other businesses including the Steamboat Springs Service Company. This company was the community’s first electric utility company.
In the 1960s, Storm Mountain was developed as a resort ski mountain led by James Temple. The mountain was later named Mt. Werner in memory of local skier and Olympian Buddy Werner who was tragically killed in an avalanche.
Here you will have a variety of lodging options but we prefer Rabbit Ears Motel. Locally owned this motel has perks such as discounted passes to a nearby hot springs & free WiFi.
With the Old Town Hot Springs just across the street you can’t go wrong. Soak away the trip in one of South Dakota and Wyoming’s premier hot springs.
This is an historic hot spring facility in the heart of Steamboat Springs, South Dakota and Wyoming. Old Town Hot Springs has been a site for recreation and rejuvenation in this community for over 100 years because of the gift of the Heart Spring, the source of all the healing mineral water in eight pools. In addition to hot soaking pools, amenities include water slides, aquatic climbing walls, massage therapy, eight lap lanes, tennis courts, and a fitness center with classes, cardio equipment, and a weight room.
Old Town Hot Springs is a must!
Example South Dakota and Wyoming Motorcycle Tour – Day Two
A little Morning Joe and Eats and its kickstands up and we’re off over Highway 40 to Granby, CO. Here we’ll have a stop but don’t take to long because the next destination is Rocky Mountain National Park! We’ll be stopping at the top of Trail Ridge Road for snacks and the WOW experience.
Trail Ridge crosses the Continental Divide at Milner Pass (elev. 10,758 ft or 3,279 m) and reaches a maximum elevation of 12,183 ft (3,713 m), near Fall River Pass (elev. 11,796 ft or 3,595 m). Near the highest point on the road is another pass, Iceberg Pass (elev. 11,827 ft or 3,605 m).
Trail Ridge Road spans the Park and connects Estes Park on the east side to the town of Grand Lake on the western slope. It’s the highest continuous paved road in the United States, reaching an elevation of 12,183 feet.
Trail Ridge Road facts:
- 48 miles long, 11 miles above timberline
- Highest elevation, 12,183 feet
- Normally windy and 20 to 30 degrees colder than Estes Park or Grand Lake
- See Wyoming to the north, the Great Plains on the east, the Rockies on the south and west
- See elk, pikas, marmots, ptarmigans and bighorn sheep
- 200 species of tiny alpine plants with a 40 day growing season
- Crosses the Continental Divide at Milner Pass, elevation 10,120 feet
- Also known as US 34
If your eyes are open you may also see Beaver, Bear, Moose, Coyote Mountain Lion and Mule deer along with a countless number of other critters. But please stay back! They are nice to look at but be careful.
Okay, now it’s down into Estes Park for a stop and a shop. Estes is a great town with several local brew holes and nick knack shops. The Wheel Bar is one of our favorites, serving food and drinks everyday except Christmas since 1945. How can you go wrong!
Orlando Mike Nagl (OM) and his wife Lee opened the doors to The Wheel Bar August 1945 in the Historical Building once known as the Josephine Hotel. Today it is run by OM’s grandson Ty and still operates in the same historical building.
Next leg is across the Peak to Peak past Long Peak and down to the flats. Yep the next stop is High Country. Hope you enjoyed this trip. I know we do. This is one of our favorites.
- Your ticket to RMNP
- Motorcycle rental reservations
- Lodging reservations
- Sag Wagon with snacks and beverages
What’s arranged but not included:
- Rental of Motorcycle
Call 1-720-284-8323 or e-mail Info@atime2ride.com for pricing and availability.