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Sun, Aug 28


Johnson's Corner

Buckhorn Canyon - Cancelled!!

Buckhorn Canyon remains closed due to flooding in burn areas. If it opens while the weather is nice, we'll try to reschedule.

No RSVP Required
Hope to see you there.
Buckhorn Canyon - Cancelled!!
Buckhorn Canyon - Cancelled!!

Time & Location

Aug 28, 2022, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Johnson's Corner, I-25 North, Exit 254, Johnstown, CO

About the Event

Join us for my favorite Northern Colorado drive - up Buckhorn Canyon to Mishawaka, then down to Fort Collins via Horsetooth Reservoir.  Subject to some slight changes, but basically: 

Drive is ~75 miles from Johnson’s Corner, up Buckhorn Canyon to Mishawaka, down Poudre Canyon to Horsetooth Reservoir, then back to I-25 at Timnath, CO.  About 3-4 hours including lunch.  Here's a detailed map with directions.

Take I-25 N to exit 254 (CO-52).  If your interested, JC is known for their (overrated) cinnamon rolls and breakfasts.  Be sure to use restrooms here, it will be about 1 hour before the next facilities.  We’ll meet at 9:00 AM, leave at 9:30 AM.  

From I-25 we'll follow CO-402 south of Loveland then up to US-34 and on to Masonville on CR 27. We’ll stop briefly to gather up, but there are no facilities in Masonville.

Now for the good stuff, Buckhorn Canyon!  I know every dip & curve of this road, so follow me if you'd like to push it just a tiny bit.  We'll have a volunteer lead a more leisurely group also.  Hopefully we’ll be too early for many bicyclists, but please be considerate.  

About 11:00 we stop for brunch/lunch at Mishawaka Inn on CO-14, in Poudre Canyon.  It's a beautiful site with a patio right on the Poudre River.  Typical pub grub, about $10-$20.  I'll try to come up with a nearby picnic area on the Poudre if reservations are a problem, or if some folks would prefer another option.  RSVP is not required, but if you have a strong preference for Mishawaka or picnic, email me at so I can plan accordingly.

After our meal, we’ll continue down CO-14 to US-287, and on to Horsetooth Reservoir via Bellevue.  Check the map cuz there are a few jogs here and we'll probably get separated.  If there is enough parking, we’ll stop at the free Skyline picnic area for a view and rest break.  Other stopping points require payment, and just the drive along Horsetooth has plenty of lovely views.

From Horsetooth, you continue through south Fort Collins to I-25.  We will definitely get separated here, so just keep going east (on Harmony is best) till you hit I-25.  Mary & I will probably stop at the Rio Grande Mexican Restaurant if anyone wants to stroll Old Town Fort Collins.

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