Day 1
Sunday, June 12

Carbondale to Aspen
50 Miles / 4,253′ Elev. Gain
3 Aid Stations

This year’s tour starts in the shadow of Mt. Sopris and the charming community of Carbondale; a small town with big views surrounded by ranchlands and unending Colorado sky. The 50-mile day will treat cyclists to Missouri Heights – perched on a bluff – then meander along the Rio Grande Trail en route to Aspen.


Day 2
Monday, June 13

Aspen to Copper Mountain
85 Miles / 7,655′ Elev. Gain
6 Aid Stations

Nothing screams Colorado quite like Independence Pass; the fourth highest paved roadway in the U.S., streaming with wildflowers and high alpine pools. The grade is tough and the road is narrow, but the views are well worth the grind. Once at the summit, cyclists will be rewarded with fast straights and brake-burning curves as they approach Twin Lakes. After touring the famous mining community of Leadville, it’s one last punch over Fremont Pass – home of the Climax Molybdenum Mine – before a fantastic descent to Copper Mountain Resort.


Day 3
Tuesday, June 14

Copper Mountain Loop
79 Miles / 6,537′ Elev. Gain
5 Aid Stations

It’s another big day in the saddle with stunning scenery and three notable climbs. This 79-mile stage, made famous by our good friends at Copper Triangle, will take cyclists back over Fremont; past the Tenth Mountain Division Memorial; across Red Cliff Bridge; with a quick and punchy climb up Battle Mountain. With Fremont and Tennessee Pass in the rearview mirror, a stroll through Minturn and Vail await; followed by a slow and steady grind over Vail Pass – a first-time feature of Ride The Rockies.


Day 4
Wednesday, June 15

Copper Mountain to Grand Lake
85 Miles / 3,939′ Elev. Gain
6 Aid Stations

The day will start fast as cyclists spin along the Summit County and Dillon Dam Rec Path from Copper Mountain to Silverthorne. Once past the reservoir, cyclists will head north en route to Ute Pass Rd.; a moderate climb with panoramic views of the Gore Mountain Range. At the bottom of the pass, cyclists will test their handling skills on a 13-mile stretch of compacted dirt as they navigate their way through the open range of Grand County. Once on US 40, cyclists will roll through Byers Canyon and Hot Sulphur Springs before finishing in Grand Lake; the Gateway to Rocky Mountain National Park and a first time-host community of Ride The Rockies.

Please note: RTR will work closely with Grand County to ensure that the dirt portion of CR 3 is in the best possible condition for bicycles.


Day 5
Thursday, June 16

Grand Lake to Estes Park
49 Miles / 4,636′ Elev. Gain
3 Aid Stations

It’s the shortest day of the week at 49 miles and the day that cyclists will fall hard; hard in love with the majestic state of Colorado. West to East, across the Continental Divide, Trail Ridge Road hugs high alpine ridges with stunning views near and far. Cyclists will be treated to 11 miles above 11,000 ft. with many scenic overlooks and beautifully maintained roads all the way to Estes Park. Rocky Mountain National Park affords the most iconic ride in our Centennial State; and one you’ll treasure for a lifetime.


Day 6
Friday, June 17

Estes Park to Fort Collins
55 Miles / 2,762′ Elev. Gain
4 Aid Stations

On its sixth and final day, RTR will return to Northern Colorado with their eyes set on Devils Gulch and Horsetooth Reservoir; a stage originally planned for 2012 but rerouted by the High Park Fires. Cyclists will enjoy a 55-mile trek through Larimer County, touring the vibrant communities that not long ago were hammered by relentless rain and devastating floods. Now, standing tall as ever; a testament of community, will and grace; these towns are primed and ready for a parade of cyclists. The week will draw to a close as 2,000 friends – new and old –reflect and rejoice at Odell Brewing Company in a little town we fondly call Fort Fun!

Please note: All routes are subject to change pending permits.


We’re excited to announce a new partnership Ride with GPS for the 2016 event season! The following page will serve as your information hub regarding the daily routes: ridewithgps.com/events/2016-RTR

On the event page you may “RSVP” to the ride, which will save a link to all of the routes and make them easily accessible. You can download any of the routes to your Garmin unit, or use the Ride with GPS app on iPhone or Android to view, record, and navigate. After the tour, the event page will update to show you and others who record with or upload to Ride with GPS.

Founded in 2007, Ride with GPS has established itself as the preferred route planning website of bicycle clubs and events, and the first choice for cyclists focused on experiencing and sharing great bicycle rides.