On your own.
Day 4, Tuesday; August 15, 2023
Aspen to Glenwood Springs on the Rio Grande Trail
Ride your bike from Aspen back to Glenwood Springs on the Rio Grande Trail, a dedicated bike path with a few low traveled roads. Enjoy the slightly downhill route for the entire ride. (Descending is always better than ascending.) Start riding at the trail head in Aspen or explore the city of Aspen, named after the abundant Aspen trees in the area, that was founded as a counter-culture city in the 1970s, but now is a thriving area with The Wall Street Journal noting that it is the most expensive town in the United States; and a recent search on Zillow showing the cheapest stand-alone house listed at $1,459,637! Enjoy viewing the scenery that is different from the rest of the Rockies with grass and tree lined hills on either side of the open fields and prairies that make-up the valley between Aspen and Glenwood Springs. Peruse the various towns, attractions and stops on the way back to Glenwood Springs. After arriving in Glenwood Springs explore the downtown area or make your way to the World's Largest Hot Spring Pool.
Bicycling route: 0 miles, staying at the hotel; or 42 miles, taking the van trip to Aspen and riding back to the hotel in Glenwood Springs. [Route is slightly downhill and 98% on dedicated paved bicycle paths.]
On your own.
Day 5, Wednesday; August 16, 2023
Free Day or Optional Ride in Grand Junction, Colorado
Enjoy the day exploring Glenwood Springs or join the optional bike ride in Grand Junction. Options include spending the day at the world's largest hot springs; or experience whitewater river rafting on the Colorado River; or take a short hike from the hotel to see Doc Holliday's Colorado Grave; or ride and hike to Hanging Lake; or take the Glenwood Gondola to the mountain top and America's only mountain-top theme park; or go shop and have a bite to eat at one of the 70 restaurants that Glenwood Springs has to offer. Use the transportation hub, located just a block from the hotel, to visit your favorite recreational destinations. With the beauty, views, great biking and bicycle paths available in and around Grand Junction, Colorado, we thought we we would add this optional bike ride. We will ride on the One Riverfront Trails, located along the Colorado River in Grand Junction. After the ride we will stop in Palisades, home of the world famous Palisades Peaches! A little background on Grand Junction: Grand Junction is known as Colorado's Wine Country with over 20 vineyards. The warm temperatures during the day and their cool nights are exceptional conditions for producing hearty grapes and red wine varietals in particular flourish in these conditions. In September 1881, the area experienced a land rush settlement and a townsite was staked. This town, in the Grand Valley, it was first called Ute, then West Denver and finally came to be known as Grand Junction. The name stems from its location at the confluence—or junction—of the Gunnison and Colorado Rivers. After getting a glimpse of the Grand Junction area, you may want to spend more time there whether learning Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) on the Colorado River with plenty of stretches of calm waters; or visiting the 50+ year old Museum of the West to fulfill your inner cowboy or cowgirl; or really going back in time with a dino dig at the Dinosaur Journey museum.
Provided by hotel
Bicycling route: 0 miles, enjoying a free day or staying at the hotel; 13 to 27 miles, taking the van to Grand Junction and riding on the bike paths next to the Colorado River. [Route is flat.]
On your own
Day 6, Thursday; August 17, 2023
Eagle to Glenwood Springs through Glenwood Canyon
Join the flat bike path from Eagle, riding near the Eagle River and enjoying the views of the plains and hills on a series of slightly downhill bike paths and finally joining the last path taking a small tunnel to the dedicated bike path that follows the Colorado River through Glenwood Canyon. As you know, the Colorado River is one of the principal rivers in the United States traversing seven states and creating the Grand Canyon before reaching Lake Mead. View the whitewater rapids and fast flowing river while riding only a few feet away on dedicated bike paths, bridges and overpasses, allowing some of the most beautiful river views anywhere in the world. Ride into Glenwood Springs and pass the Hot Springs.
Bicycling route: 0 miles, staying at the hotel; or 32 miles riding from Eagle to the hotel in Glenwood Springs. [Route is slightly downhill and primarily on paved bike paths.]
Glenwood Canyon Brewpub
Glenwood Springs, Colorado
Mezcal Salmon - Atlantic Salmon, smoky tequila citrus glaze, cilantro lime rice and harissa snap peas
Wild Game Mac - Elk jalapeño sausage, roasted peppers, scallions and mornay sauce
Brewbup Burgers - Unique ingrediants from roasted poblano to crispy prosciutto or the old standards with buffalo or beef burgers
Brewpub Tacos - blackened cod, chipotle chicken, beer battered shrimp or hatch green chili pulled pork with citrus slaw, pineapple pico, avocado, cilantro lime cream with black bean corn salad and lime cilantro rice.
Day 7, Friday; August 18, 2023
Say goodbye to Colorado and the Rockies and start your journey home!
Please note all trip information is based on previous trips and/or contracted lodging and restaurants and is subject to change based on availability or specific trip needs.
Riders who are comfortable riding at least 10 miles per hour should have an enjoyable trip. We have designed the routes utilizing bike paths wherever possible with the vast majority of the trip utilizing bike paths, but there are some roads that connect the bike paths. Though we are in the mountains the routes were designed to have a slight decent each day with only one climb on the trip. Of course, if a rider is tired or does not feel like riding, the SAG vehicle will transport the rider to the hotel. All routes are on paved bike paths and roads. All riders may ride at their own pace, slow or fast.
Arriving by automobile:
Drive to Hampton Inn, 401 West First Street, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601, parking your car at the hotel for free for the duration of the trip.
Arriving by Plane:
You can fly directly into the Denver International Airport (DEN) and take Colorado Mountain Express shuttle coloradomountainexpress.com or rent a car and park at the starting hotel for the duration of the trip. Parking at the hotel is free. Also, you can fly directly into Aspen Airport (ASE) or Eagle/Vail Airport (EGE).
$200 due to reserve your spot and the remainder due 45 days before the trip start.
Ride packets including maps & cue sheets (directions)
Fully sagged including ride leaders, luggage transport, van transportation and rider assistance.
Breakfast with the group each morning
Dinner with the group three nights (see above)
Fun and Enjoyment
Most participants bring their own bicycles.
To ship your bike, we would suggest using shipbikes.com or bikeflight.com for shipping. Your bike can be sent to the starting hotel: Hampton Inn, 401 West First Street, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
If you fly, most major airlines including Delta, American, United and Alaska Air now waive the oversize fee for bicycles (sporting equipment) and just the standard luggage fee applies. Please contact your airline for all the details.
Weather in August in the Downhill Colorado riding area: