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Just checking to see if it’s possible and/or recommended or not (hills, narrow roads and/or traffic) to do a self bike shuttle from Rancho and/or State Bridge back to Pumphouse? Then again from Dotsero back to a possible put in a little ways up river? By the looks of things a bike shuttle looks pretty good from Glenwood Springs up river via the bike trail. Also, anyone have a recommendation on a camp site near Glenwood Springs that would be possible to get on a Friday/Saturday nights? Thanks!
 

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Campsites near Glenwood are few. There's a newish commercial campground west of town between New Castle and Silt with all the expected amenities. There's a Forest Service campground along the Eagle River on the eastern side of Glenwood Canyon. Ami's Acres in Glenwood looks full all the time, even in the winter. Good luck!
 

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Regarding the biking part: Rancho to Pumphouse seems like quite a haul. There's two separate 600-800 ft. climbs on Trough Rd. to get up and around Red Gorge and Little Gore canyons. That's like a half-day bike ride in itself.

I just shuttled Two Bridges to Yarmony Bridge on a mountain bike earlier this week. 4-5 miles on 131 - traffic is pretty sporadic although there is no separate bike lane/shoulder. There's one mile or so climb above Anticline of about 250', but it's not that bad. Then went up to first switchback on Rd 11 and took Old Trough Road (starts behind the guardrail) to cut off the top part of that climb. Bonus: a mile of singletrack! (although there's quite a bit of rock deadfall on that trail, so you'll have to climb over a few sections). Took me exactly 45 minutes.
 

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"Regarding the biking part: Rancho to Pumphouse seems like quite a haul. "

"Gore canyon is a super easy bike shuttle, FWIW."

May be a bit subjective for an easy answer.
 
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