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For those with the passion for heat, a visit to the hot mineral springs in Glenwood are a must before you start your weeklong journey. Try to arrive a few hours early to enjoy the historic town and the soothing hot springs.
During the course of this adventure, we climb McClure and Keebler Pass and enjoy the peaceful surrounding of Redstone and Marble. We will tour the agricultural regions of western Colorado; climb the Grand Mesa; overnight in Crested Butte; enjoy the vistas from the plateaus of The Colorado Monument and bike the Rio Grande Trail.
Highlights include: Grand Junction, the Colorado National Monument, Wine and orchard country, Grand Mesa, the Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park.
We skirt through groves of aspen trees as we continue our trip up and over Grand Mesa. Grand Mesa covers most of the skyline when we look up from small western Colorado towns. Grand Mesa is situated between the Colorado and Gunnison Rivers and is the camping and hiking playground of western Colorado. Most of the mesa sits at elevations greater than 10,000 feet and covers some 500 square miles.
Most of Colorado’s vineyards and orchards are located in the valley near the Colorado River and skirt the hillsides along the Grand Valley and Orchard Mesa, near Palisade. Colorado boasts more than 80 vineyards growing at the highest altitudes in the US. We will have ample time to sample the wines from this region for two evenings, while staying in Palisade/Grand Junction area.
The namesake of this tour “Colorado National Monument” is the highlight and the grand finale to the week.
Add this tour to our two weeks prior to create your Epic Colorado bike tour.
Assembly: Glenwood Springs, CO
Airline service to Eagle, Vail or Denver with commercial van shuttle to Glenwood. Airline service should be scheduled from Grand Junction following the tour.
- Amtrak service is also available from Denver to Glenwood Springs
- Airport pick up time is 2 p.m. in Eagle/Vail on first day of tour
- Drop off time is 4 p.m. in Grand Junction on final day
- Inquire about possible van shuttle to Denver after the tour
- Please call the office for full details (303-945-9886)
All lodging is included
Glenwood Springs – Redstone
29.5 miles; 1809 ft elevation
Redstone – McClure Pass – Keebler Pass – Crested Butte
57.9miles; 5494 ft elevation
Crested Butte – Gunnison – Black Canyon of the Gunnison – Crawford – Paonia
110 miles; 5805 ft elevation
Paonia – Hotchkiss – Orchard City – Cedaredge
30.6 miles; 2175 ft elevation
Cedaredge – Grand Mesa – Powderhorn – Palisade
48.2 miles; 4818 ft elevation
Grand Junction – CO National Monument – Fruita – Grand Junction
41.1 miles; 2876 ft elevation
Palisade Orchard Loop
39.8 miles; 1042 ft elevation
- All lodging
- Transfers to and from local airports
- All breakfasts, dinners, and picnic lunches on riding days
- Cocktail social hour on first day of trip
- Van support
- GPS mapping
- Two or more experienced guides
- Meals on off days
- 12% gratuity for guides, mechanics, volunteers and tour staff is not included, but greatly appreciated
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