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
“A well planned tour through majestic landscapes and another excellent, memorable experience. Timberline office personnel are always pleasant and prepared to help, and guides are consistently informed, capable, enjoyable and caring for their customers and work.” Walt H.
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. This high and rugged mountain range has over 40 named*, jagged, snow clad peaks that rise dramatically from the valleys. The lush stands of evergreen and aspen contribute to the isolation of this alpine region, especially under the snowy blankets 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 tour of Canyons Of The Ancients Visitor Center & Museum, 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.
*In Timberline’s 40th anniversary year, we are celebrating all things 40
|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 the Canyons Of The Ancients Visitor Center & Museum - 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, historic mine tour available||22|
|Day 8||Silverton - Molas and Coal Bank Passes and a long downhill for our return to Durango||45|