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DAY 1

Cottonwood

Afternoon biking

Cottonwood is a classic trail in Salida that dates back to some of the pioneers of mountain biking. Parts of it had a major renovation in 2014 so you can expect a well-made but still technical ride. It has to be one of the better downhills in the area. It is fun and somewhat flowy with a few punchy climbs. Take a minute to soak up the massive views of the stunning Collegiate Range before you head down some fun switchbacks and in and out of a drainage which will present you with enough challenges to keep you on your toes! Includes lunch and dinner.

 

 

DAY 2

Browns Canyon Rafting

Morning rafting, afternoon biking

Swap your bike for a raft and a helmet and paddle through the pink granite walls of Browns Canyon National Monument and enjoy whitewater thrills on the Arkansas River. This is some of the most popular white water riding in the entire country, and it’s easy to see why. Put in near Buena Vista, Colorado, and travel 12 miles through remote wilderness where you can spot bighorn sheep, deer and, if you’re lucky, mountain lions.  Enjoy the challenge of class 2-3+ rapids in spectacular Colorado wilderness. Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

 

DAY 3

Crested Butte

Full day biking

We’ll wait until the day to decide which of Crested Butte’s over 700 miles of epic mountain bike trails to do at this point in our trip. We’ll be absolutely spoiled for choice with some of the world’s best alpine mountain biking on offer here. Whichever trail we choose, it’s sure to thrill you with breathtaking mountain and alpine lake views and whatever mix of flow and technique that the group prefers. This is truly a must-go destination for any mountain biker. Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

 

DAY 4

Durango

Afternoon biking

This is the mecca of Colorado mountain biking. Durango’s thousands of world-class trails act as a magnet for mountain bikers from around the globe. The local university, Fort Lewis College is famous for its mountain bike team, and many professionals have made it their home.. Surrounded by majestic mountain ranges and breath-taking deserts, we’ll choose the perfect trail from this single-track wonderland. Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

 

 

DAY 5

Engineer Mountain

Full day biking

Durango deserves a second day of our time, so we will find head up to Engineer mountain about thirty minutes outside Durango near Purgatory resort. This ride starts with a long climb with some technical steep inclines. The sweat is well worth it, though. After topping out at 11,700 feet, you’ll have one of the most fun downhills you’ve ever experienced. This section of trail drops 2,500 feet over five miles! It’s steep, narrow, technical, fast and thrilling--easily among one of the best downhills in Colorado! Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

 

DAY 6

Phil's World

Morning biking

Phil's World is one of the Bureau of Land Management’s “Back yard to back country” treasures. In conjunction with the local Kokopelli Bike Club, they have developed a world-class riding experience best known for the area’s most prominent feature ‘Rib Cage.’ This section of the trail is super fast and fun, across rolling terrain that will make you want to do it again and again.. You can indeed lap this feature, but we’ll make sure we explore the rest of Phil’s World, too. Other trails such as Ledges and Stinking Springoffer a bit more challenging terrain, as well as great Colorado mountain views.. Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

 

 

DAY 7

Fruita

Full day biking

The high desert of Fruita, Colorado offers--you guessed it!--some of the best twisty, flowy single-track trails in the state or, indeed, the entire country.  Our campground is simply surrounded by hundreds of miles of awesome desert trails--you’ll see why Fruita is seen as Colorado’s alternative to Utah’s famous mountain biking mecca of Moab. Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

 

DAY 8

Ribbon Trail

Morning biking

How does a 1500 foot  descent down long sandy washes and slabs of desert rock sound to you? With, of course, brilliant views along the way! Ribbon Trail is classic desert slickrock mountain biking, rivalling anything you’ll find in Moab. Once we’ve dealt with the downhill, complete with tricky technical transitions between slabs of rock, we’ll  end up at the classic lunch loop trails of Grand Junction. Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

 

DAY 9

Monarch Crest

Full day biking

We saved the best for last! You better have your lungs and cameras ready for this spectacular route through some of  the highest rideable terrain in Colorado. Start in pine forest before emerging into more open country with astonishing views of mountains and valleys to the west.  Get your fill, and photos, of the scenery before enjoying some fun flowing downhill and tree-lined contours. This is a fantastic ride to conclude a memorable trip with. Includes breakfast, lunch and dinner.

 

DAY 10

Back to Denver

You’ll feel both like you only just arrived and you packed in a lot of unforgettable mountain biking as we make our way back to Denver. Maybe you can spend the drive planning your next trip to this biker’s paradise… Includes breakfast.