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Colorado is a state of the United States.
The traveler passing through Denver will be wise to note the presence of several Mexican bus companies. More affordable, more comfortable, more reliable, and with noteably nicer co-passengers than the Dirty Dog (greyhound), these companies can take you to Kansas City, New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, Southern California, and of course, Mexico. If you've got a few bucks and you don't feel like thumbing your way out of suburban sprawl, head over the area between Welton and Champa between 19th and 22nd streets. Autobuses Los Paisanos, Los Limosines, Autobuses Americanos and others can get you to Mexico for 50-60 dollars.
There is a bus that runs between Fort Collins and Loveland with a policy which allows you to ride free if you claim to be 17 or younger.
Colorado's Front Range
Denver sucks and while it can be difficult there are ways out. West of Denver treated me pretty good though.
Boulder is very easy to hitch into and out of. The easiest place I have ever hitched was Canyon Dr./119 between Boulder and Nederland. Used hitch hiking as a means of commuting in the mountains west of Boulder.
Very easy: US. 50 from Salida to Grand Junction (gets a little harder once you hit the Utah border, carry water)
Very easy: Rt. 135 from Gunnison to Crested Butte
Easy to Moderate: along 24 and 285 north of Salida
Difficult: 92 and 133 between Carbondale and Delta (Low Traffic)
Easy: 550 Montrose to Durango
Very easy: Durango to Alamosa
Difficult to Moderate: Fort Collins to Loveland to Greeley
Very easy: US HGWY 6 over Loveland Pass for back-country skiers (Only in the winter, and only to the top of the mountain). Make sure to find a large pull-off area on a straight stretch of road.
Note: Buena Vista and Canon City are prison areas which tend to be more difficult to hitchhike around.
42-4-805. Pedestrians walking or traveling in a wheelchair on highways.
(2) No person shall stand in a roadway for the purpose of soliciting a ride from the driver of any private vehicle. For the purpose of subsection (2) "roadway" means that portion of the road normally used by moving motor vehicle traffic.
(5) Any town or city may, by ordinance, regulate the use by pedestrians of streets and highways under its jurisdiction to the extent authorized under subsection (6) of this section and sections 42-4-110 and 42-4-111, but no ordinance regulating such use of streets and highways in a manner differing from this section shall be effective until official signs or devices giving notice thereof have been placed as required by section 42-4-111 (2).
(6) No person shall solicit a ride on any highway included in the interstate system, as defined in section 43-2-101 (2), C.R.S., except at an entrance to or exit from such highway or at places specifically designated by the department of transportation; or, in an emergency affecting a vehicle or its operation, a driver or passenger of a disabled vehicle may solicit a ride on any highway.
(7) Pedestrians shall only be picked up where there is adequate road space for vehicles to pull off and not endanger and impede the flow of traffic.
Basically, hitch all you want in Colorado from off the traveled portion of the road and not on the interstate and you will be fine. There are some municipalities in Colorado that prohibit hitchhiking, but they are required to post official notices.
- I would not hesitate to claim Colorado as the easiest state in America to hitchhike in. Anywhere west of the front range is incredibly easy. If you are like me you will wish people would stop picking you up so fast so you could have more time to absorb the scenery. I have been through most highways in Colorado and the longest I ever waited (other than a 4.5 hour wait in Greeley and a 1.5 hour wait in Pueblo) was probably about 20 minutes. - Thewindandrain 0:17:26, 6 March 2012 (CET)
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