Mesa Verde National Park and Southwest Colorado
Includes all lodging, all breakfasts and dinners, van support, park entrance fees, leaders, tour maps & narratives.
Timberline van shuttle is included to and from Durango.
Not Included: Airline Service to Durango-La Plata County Airport; Guide Gratuity.
Airport 3 pm, Hotel 3:30 pm
“Keep doing what you are doing!” Julie K.
Extravagant rhetoric is unavoidable as we consider our Southwest Colorado program—there is just no other way to describe the awesome and singular beauty of Colorado’s San Juans Range. Their jagged, snow clad peaks rise dramatically from the valleys and their lush stands of evergreen and aspen are reminders of the snowfalls that can isolate this alpine region during the depths of winter. To further enhance this array of natural beauty, we add to it a tour of the historic region of Mesa Verde National Park, built by the Ancestral Pueblo people, a stay in the famous western town of Telluride at the end of a box canyon, and a trip through the quaint mining towns of Ouray and Silverton. History, natural beauty and small town charm abound in our Southwest Colorado tour.
|Day 1||Orientation and bike fitting|
|Day 2||Durango - Mesa Verde National Park||57|
|Day 3||Mesa Verde - Tour Cliff Palace or Balcony House - Cortez- Tour Anasazi Heritage Center - Dolores||30|
|Day 4||Dolores - Ride through the old mining towns of Stoner and Rico, climb Lizard Head Pass (10,222') - Telluride.||72|
|Day 5||Layover Day, hiking and cycling options available|
|Day 6||Telluride - Dallas Divide (8,970') - Ridgeway - Ouray||40|
|Day 7||Challenging ride up Red Mountain Pass (11,008') then downhill to Silverton||22|
|Day 8||Silverton - Molas and Coal Bank Passes and a long downhill for our return to Durango||45|