Trinidad Colorado Gravel

Gorgeous high-country gravel riding

In a few short years, Trinidad and Las Animas County have emerged as a gravel bike destination that offers a unique old-west inspired, rural cycling experience. With a county road network of 1,600+ miles, cyclists can enjoy a number of rides that see more cattle guards than cars, all while taking in the culture, history, and scenery that make this region distinctly different than the rest of Colorado. Trinidad itself still has its old western charm – you’ll love the charming Victorian architecture and brick-lined streets.
The route is best suited to a gravel bike (a drop-bar bike with a tire width over 30mm), and is only for riders with advanced bike handling skills who have experience on varied surfaces. Due to safety concerns, we do not allow e-bikes on this ride. Thanks for understanding! 

Tour Highlights

Great Sand Dunes National Park

San Isabel National Forest

Adventurous gravel roads

Fun small town vibes

Lodging Options

Hilton Garden Inn nights 1,2 & 3

La Veta Inn nights 4 and 5

Day 1: After meeting your guides and fellow cyclists at the Colorado Springs airport, we’ll shuttle to the start of the ride in Ludlow Colorado. This ghost town is the site of a 1914 Coalfield War called the Ludlow Massacre. Relics of the old town remain and you’ll get the chance to explore before begging the ride. Take in the views of the Spanish Peaks and Trinidad Lake too. Today’s 37 mile ride brings you from here to your lodging for the next 3 nights in downtown Trinidad. 90% of the time you’ll be on gravel roads and will enjoy a 10 mile downhill! Any of the sections that you may find too “techy” for your skills are easy to hop off your bike and skip around.


Day 2: Lollipop Loop riding! We will start and end today’s 38 miles ride at the Hilton Garden Inn. You can expect incredible scenery including mountains, valleys and pastures. 75 % of the ride will be gravel today with a picnic style lunch part way through. 


Day 3: We have a quick shuttle to the start of our ride today. It’s the most challenging ride of the tour with amazing views along the 36 miles. Our loop takes us into the Spanish Peaks wildlife area, up and down a few beautiful passes, and back to the valley where we began.  You can expect the most technical gravel day today with options to shuttle around those sections. Plan for celebrations at the day’s end and dinner all together back in Trinidad.


Day 4: Departing Trinidad, we head for the town of La Vita located in the heart of the Spanish Peaks. This small, laid-back town sits along the Scenic Highway of Legends. La Veta (translates to the vein), served as a vital lifeline a century ago; the town was originally a busy trading center, supplying the nearby area with goods. It is now home to a diverse population of artists and ranchers. Our accommodation tonight is La Veta Inn, a charming historic hotel. Today’s 25 mile ride, 90% being on gravel roads, will fill you with beauty of the mountains, large Ponderosas in their glory and landing in this unique and wonderful town.


Day 5:  One of the crown jewels of this tour is today! Explore the Great Sand Dunes National Park. These tallest dunes in North America sit at the base of the Sangre De Cristo Mountain Range in an absolutely spectacular setting. We’ll take the day off the bikes to hike and explore. Returning to La Veta with stories, our final dinner will be enjoyed together. Great Sand Dunes National Park.


Day 6: Back to your bikes and a final day on gravel! We’ll return from La Veta riding 35 miles to Aguilar. Lunch will be enjoyed part way through the ride. We’ll finish with a big group picture and then shuttle back to Colorado Springs tired, happy and with stories to share for years!

“Wonderful trip. Our guides… made it awesome. They were both super reliable and helpful. The bikes were well attended to as well. Great accommodations and service throughout the trip. Thanks.”

~Diane P., CO

Trip Information


Trip Length - Days

New York Finger Lakes Bike Tour
Multi-surface: Road and Gravel
Difficulty Level 4
Tour Rating
SAG Vehicle New York Finger Lakes Bike Tour
Support & Gear Vehicle

Daily Mileage


Daily Climbing

Check In Location
Bike Tour Routes with Elevation gain and loss
Route Overview

Minimum Age


5 Breakfasts | 6 Lunches | 5 Dinners

  • PP Double Occupancy

  • Single Supplement*

  • Bike Rental


*This is required if you are traveling solo or if you are traveling with someone but require separate beds.


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