Colorado High Country
August 1 - 11, 2023
(11 days, 10 nights; Tue - Fri)Related Tour Dates
Includes all lodging, all breakfasts and dinners, van support, park entrance fees, leaders, tour maps and narratives.
Timberline van shuttle is included to Boulder from Denver prior to tour and to Denver following tour.
Not Included: Airline service to Denver International Airport; Guide Gratuity.
Airport 2 pm, Denver Hotel 2:30 pm, Boulder Hotel 3:30 pm
Denver 5 pm
A truly extraordinary, eclectic adventure, the Colorado High Country Cycling Tour perhaps best expresses the magic that is Colorado. Along the way you will experience well known Colorado towns: the vibrancy of Boulder and the excitement of the ski towns of Steamboat, Vail and Breckenridge. You will cycle through the heart of the Rocky Mountain parks, along its canyons and over mountain passes: the serenity of Willow Creek; the solitude and expansive freedom of North Park, the magnificent Mount Zirkel Wilderness, following the Colorado River, bike paths over high mountain passes, and awesome, beyond-timberline Loveland Pass. And it all starts with the granddaddy of all alpine cycling experiences: the thrill of Trail Ridge Road through the majestic alpine grandeur of Rocky Mountain National Park. The Colorado High Country Cycling Tour is a Colorado classic to the core.
For this 11-day odyssey, we’ll ride 440 miles on some of Colorado’s best cycling roads; we’ll climb seven spectacular, named passes and a few additional hills you’ll argue deserve to be named. We’ll traverse Rocky Mountain National Park from its eastern gate to its western extremity. We’ll hike to magical Gilpin Lake in the Mt. Zirkel Wilderness north of Steamboat. And lest you believe that we care little about your creature comforts, we’ll enjoy the luxurious amenities of three of Colorado’s world-renowned ski resorts.
Note: This tour can be shortened to 8 days, ending in Vail. Choose Short Tour during booking.
|Day 1||Van shuttle, bike fitting and orientation|
|Day 2||Boulder - Allenspark - Estes Park||57|
|Day 3||Estes Park - Enter Rocky Mountain National Park - Trail Ridge Road—Milner Pass (10,560’) Grand Lake||47|
|Day 4||Grand Lake - Willow Creek Pass - North Park - Walden||71|
|Day 5||Walden-Muddy Pass- Rabbit Ears Pass - Steamboat Springs dafds||57|
|Day 6||Layover Day (hiking, cycling, hot springs)|
|Day 7||Steamboat Springs - Yampa - Wolcott - van shuttle available here, or on to Avon - Vail||71 - 90|
|Day 8||Layover Day (road and mountain biking, hiking, fishing, exploring)|
|Day 9||Vail – Vail Pass (10,666) - Copper Mountain - Breckenridge||36|
|Day 10||Breckenridge –Keystone-- Loveland Pass - Georgetown||39|
|Day 11||Georgetown - Idaho Springs-Echo Lake (Mt. Evans) - Squaw Pass - Bergen Park; van shuttle return to Boulder & Denver||43|