Designed for advanced cyclists who love to climb and bomb down hills, you’ll spend six heart-pounding days flirting with the Continental Divide. Ascend and descend six mountain passes, relishing alpine wildflowers, azure blue skies and winding roads with amazing views. Our overnights include rustic Red Cliff and world-renowned Aspen. With average daily climbs of 5,000 feet, you’ll be kicking some serious pass.
Custom bike tour departures available for groups of 6 or more.
Rocky Mountain National Park
Glenwood Hot Springs
City of Carbondale
Maroon Bells & Independence Pass
Glenwood Hot Springs Resort
Day 1: Starting the day in Estes Park, Colorado, we climb over the highest paved road in the Unites States – Route 34. Riding over Milner Pass, your elevation gain is 4,993 ft to your peak at 11,795 ft. The descent is 4,569 ft as you ride to Grand Lake, Colorado. This route takes us through Rocky Mountain National Park *, tick another park off your bucket list.
Day 2: Set your sights on Gore Pass. Long, steady climbs at lower elevation make Gore a beast, even at lower elevation. Your highest point today is only 9,542 ft, but your elevation gain/loss is +4,770 ft/-6,352 ft. Your reward for a long pass-kicking day is a hot mineral soak and a night’s rest at Glenwood Hot Springs Resort.
Day 3: Ride straight from the Hot Springs Resort to the mountain town of Carbondale. Here, you’ll be set free to enjoy lunch and explore on your own. Carbondale is a progressive town, and has great dining/shopping options. After lunch, you’ll set off to conquer McClure Pass. Your elevation gain is 3,241 ft and loss is 1,785 ft, but don’t be fooled! This pass is no joke! With max grades of 8%-9%, while your kicking pass, it will be kicking you right back. You’ll reach your highest point at 8,799 ft today.
Day 4: You’ll start the day off with a bang! Van shuttle to the Maroon Bells – the most photographed peaks in North America. We’ll have some time to explore, before gearing up for 2 passes today – Independence Pass & Tennessee Pass. Independence is the second tallest pass in Colorado with a paved road, and the highest elevation of the tour. A staggering 12,095 ft! Elevation gain/loss for Independence is +6,021 ft/-5,488 ft. We re-group at Periodic Brewing in Leadville, before gearing up for Tennessee Pass. You’ll descend into Red Cliff for dinner and lodging tonight. Elevation gain/loss from Tennessee to Red Cliff is +852 ft/-2,341 ft.
Day 5: Van Shuttle to Vail, to begin your climb over Vail Pass. Riding today is steady and constant – consistent 3%-4% grade with max grades at 6%. You will gain 3,849 ft in elevation as you reach the peak of the pass at 10,662 ft. Vail Pass is fun to ride, because it’s the only mountain pass in Colorado with a multi-use trail – No Road Riding! Descend into Frisco to enjoy lunch together trailside, then ride into Breckenridge for dinner and lodging. Your elevation loss is 1,947 ft today.
Day 6: Enjoy your last day with 35 miles of downhill coasting! Riding through the Arapahoe Nat’l Forest to Ute Pass, you will gain 2,458 ft in elevation and lose 3,800 ft to reach your highest point today at 9,582 ft. You end your tour at Silverthorne Rec Center to clean-up before shuttling back to Denver.
***** Wilderness Voyageurs is authorized by the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, to conduct services in Rocky Mountain National Park
5 Breakfasts | 5 Lunches
PP Double Occupancy
Cannondale Bike Rental
*This is required if you are traveling solo or if you are traveling with someone but require separate beds.