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"Epic Colorado" 4 segments

Ride Details

Dates: June 1-30, 2019

Distance: Total miles & elevation TBD

Cost: $2446-$3146 per wk $9990 for entire tour

Rider Level: Advanced

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Adventurous Cycling Trips in Colorado- Create an "EPIC" ride!

We have taken all three of our colorful Colorado tours plus the "Ride the Rockies" route and created four weeks of fabulous and challenging cycling.

The Denver Post's ride the rockies is always new and exciting. The only difference is we ride it one week earlier, add exqusite dining and comfortable accommodations.

Our second leg of Epic Colorado starts on the western slopes and includes Glenwood Springs,Crested Butte, Black Canyon of the Gunnison, Grand Mesa, wine country of Palisades and The Colorado National Monument. The Million Dollar highway carries us in and around Colorado's desert SW for views of ancient dwellings, the comforts of soothing hot springs and overlooks of the state's expansive ranchlands on leg three of the Epic tour. You will experience some of the most photographed mountain scenery in the world while in the Aspen High Country. You'll enjoy small resort towns, climb a dozen of Colorado's highest passes and cruise past dramatic canyon walls. To make your ride safe and enjoyable, your guides have 45 years of experience and knowledge of the Colorado routes. In addition to cycling, we have 3 rest days built in so that you might enjoye activities of fly fishing, kayaking, rafting, hiking, golf or spa experiences.


Tour Details

Travel Logistics:  Fly in and out of Denver International Airport or meet at our starting hotel. Friday-June 1, 2018 at 2 pm,  drop off time: Sat. June 30 at 5 pm in Denver.

Highlighted Hotels: Wine Country Inn • Canyon Crest Lodge• Glenwood Hot Springs Lodge • Mesa Verde National Park

Included: Breakfast, picnic lunch and dinner on all riding days. Dinner on off days and cocktail social on the first night of each segment. Transfers from designated areas on segments 2, 3, and 4 will be provided. However, commercial transfers to and from Denver will be the financial responsibility of the guest. Colorado Mountain Express has very reasonable rates and we will help with your schedule. Also included are maps, gps mapping, snacks and refreshments, narratives, park entry fees, 2 guides and van support. Transportation to and from off day activities is included, but guest is responsible for activity fees.

 

Segment I  June 1-8 (7 days/7 nights Fri- Fri) 

Ride the Rockies- See the 2018 on our "Ride the CO Rockies" page

 

Segment II June 9-16, 2018 (7 nights/7days; Fri-Fri)

Colorado Wine Country and the Monument

New Guest Pick up in Glenwood Springs, CO June 9 by 4:30 pm. Commercial shuttle to and from Denver International

Drop off time: June 16, 2018 5 pm at Grand Junction Airport for those now continuing on segment III (commercial shuttle service available to Denver)

 

Day  10 - Glenwood-Crystal River Valley-Redstone  48 miles  2866/-1447 ft

 

Day  11  - Redstone-Marble-McClure Pass (8,735 ft)-Kebler Pass (9,980 ft)-Crested Butte  70 miles  6329/-4619 ft

 

Day  12 - Crested Butte-Gunnison-(Shuttle to Blue Mesa Dam)-Paonia 84 riding miles  5160/-8387 ft

 

Day 13 - Paonia-Hotchkiss-Redlands Mesa-Cedaredge  41 miles  2804/-2096 ft

 

Day  14- Cedaredge-Powderhorn-Grand Mesa (10,389 ft) Palisade  51miles  4715/-6265 ft

 

Day 15 - Palisade-East Orchard Mesa-Carlson Vineyards-Palisades  27 miles  859/-859 ft

 

Day  16 -Palisade-Colorado Monument-Grand Junction  55 miles  3048/-3261 ft

Total miles: 371 miles   Total elevation: 25,781 ft

Drop guests off by 4 pm at Grand Junction Airport who are not continuing on segment III

June 16 Transportation to Telluride in the afternoon

 

Segment III June 16- June 24 (7 nights and 7 days)

Colorado- Durango and the Southwest
Pick up new arriving guests in Grand Junction by 2pm and shuttle to Telluride. Drop off time: June 24, by 4 pm in Grand Junction. 

Day 17 Telluride Mountain Village-San Juan Skyway-Cortez   74 miles  3178/-5744 ft

 

Day 18  Cortez- Mesa Verde NP  45 miles  4720/-2877 ft

 

Day 19  Mesa Verde-Durango   51 miles  3481/-5041 ft

 

Day 20  Durango-San Juan Skyway-Coal Banks Pass-Molas Divide-Silverton  50 miles  5986/-3255

 

Day 21  Silverton-Red Mountain Pass-Ouray   28 miles  1842/-3389 ft

 

Day 22 Ouray-Ridgeway-Dallas Divide-San Juan Skyway-Naturita   70 miles  3114/-5468 ft

 

Day 23 Naturita-Dolores Canyon-Gateway - Shuttle to Grand Junction - then Glenwood Springs   51 Miles  1608/-2409 ft

Total miles: 365 miles    Total elevation: 23,939 ft

 

Segment IV June 24-30  (6 days/6 nights  Sun- Sat)

Aspen and the High Country

New guest pick up in Glenwood Springs on June 24 by 4PM. Drop off at Denver International airport on June 30 by 5 PM.

Day 25   Glenwood Springs - Aspen  ( 42.1 miles,  3214' elevation)

Day 26   Aspen - Snownass or Maroon Bells ( hike)- Aspen ( 60.9 miles, 5520' elevation)

 

Day 27   Aspen - Independence Pass -Twin Lakes- Leadville   ( 77.6 miles, 7920' elevation)

  

Day 28   Leadville- Tennessee Pass - Minturn- Vail  (37.5 miles,  1830' elevation)

  

Day 29  Vail - Frisco - Breckenridge - Frisco  (30.1 miles,  2693' elevation)

Day 30  Vail - Lake Dillion - Loveland Pass - Georgetown (30.5 miles, 3378'elevation)