CR37 - CR1A Mc Coy Gulch(sh)
Wherever Dakota Sandstone crops out along the Front Range of
Colorado, the scenic splendor of craggy foothills are the
result. Take the lower Platte River Canyon as an example.
Here is another example: the Dakota sandstone outcrops south
of Cotopaxi, Arkansas Canyon area. This small dirt road
summit leads through this area. The highest point is located
at its junction with CR1A
just north of its summit.
START-END WEST: Cotopaxi: jct US50 - CR1A
2.(mile04.0,7310ft) TOP: just apast the turnoff from
CR1A onto CR37
3.(mile10.2,6270ft) START-END EAST: JCT US50 - CR37,
back along Arkansas River
From West. This approach is on paved
CR1A. There are a few more sentences about it on that
page. Just before reaching the portion of the road, that
rolls over the summit, a dirt road marked as McCoy Gulch
branches to the left. This is the highest point.
From East. (described downwards).
It's probably best to traverse this road in the downward
direction, because of a few sandy stretches near the bottom.
Riding this downwards I only had to get off the bike twice for
very short periods. Why ride it at all ? - Because of an - in my
opinion - the extremely scenic 2 miles at the top, where the
road negotiates between several monuments of billowing
sandstone, that make a perfect foreground for three different
subjects: the Sangre de Christo Range to the south, the Sawatch
Range to the far west, and also more rugged foothills around the
Arkansas Canyon to the east. This is a side of the landscape,
that you would never imagine exists, if you limit travel to the
paved CR1A from Cotopaxi to Westcliffe.
A Dayride with this point as intermediate summit
is on page: CR169 Waugh