Day 1
Sunday, June 14

Colorado National Monument Loop
47 Miles / 2,992′ Elev. Gain
3 Aid Stations
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The Tour starts in Colorado’s Wine Country, Grand Junction; an outdoor adventure mecca with over 275 days of sunshine, surrounded by the beauty of the Western Slope. The 45 mile day, pedals you through the breathtaking Colorado National Monument; known for its dramatic landscapes and famous for its role with the Coors Classic and in the movie American Flyers.

*Please Note – front and rear lights are required while riding through the tunnels in the Colorado National Monument.

Day 2
Monday, June 15

Grand Juction to Hotchkiss
96 Miles / 7,631′ Elev. Gain
7 Aid Stations & 1 Pit Stop
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Just shy of a century, this epic day will be one of the biggest of the week, punctuated with a 20 mile grind over the Grand Mesa. The 98 mile trek will feature Palisade’s Wine Country, Plateau Creek, Powderhorn Mountain Resort, Mesa Lakes and Ward Creek. At days end, you’ll roll into the “Heart of the Historic North Fork Valley,” Hotchkiss, a three time host community, thriving with diverse arts, food and culture.

Day 3
Tuesday, June 16

Hotchkiss to Gunnison
79 Miles / 5,990′ Elev. Gain
5 Aid Stations
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Another big day with stunning scenery and four notable climbs.
78 miles takes you past Crawford State Park and Reservoir, along the Black Canyon of the Gunnison, through Curecanti National Recreation Area and past Blue Mesa Reservoir, Colorado’s largest body of water. Get ready to party at the I-Bar Ranch in Gunnison, where they’re no stranger to Ride The Rockies, having hosted cyclists for 11 years.

Day 4
Wednesday, June 17

Gunnison to Crested Butte
27 Miles / 1,424′ Elev. Gain
1 Aid Station
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Enjoy your recovery day with a short 27 mile spin from Gunnison up to the ever scenic Crested Butte. With over 400 miles of trails and more townie bikes than cars – you’ll quickly see why we chose this town to stop and party.

Day 4 – Option
Wednesday, June 17

(Weather & Road Conditions Permitting)
Dirty Thirty – Gunnison to Crested Butte
35 Miles / 2,796′ Elev. Gain
2 Aid Stations
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For adventurous riders looking for a little more than a recovery ride, there’s the “Dirty Thirty” – or 35 to be exact. In recognition of Ride The Rockies’ 30th Anniversary, this optional route will travel along a gravel road and explore Ohio and Kebler Pass. Riders will be rewarded with views of the Castles, Storm Ridge, Carbon Peak and the Anthracite Range in the West Elk Mountains. Whichever route you choose, you’ll end up in Crested Butte, a town that eats, sleeps and breathes cycling.

Day 5
Thursday, June 18

Crested Butte to Salida
102 Miles / 5,812′ Elev. Gain
6 Aid Stations
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It’s the longest day of the week – at 102 miles. But don’t be discouraged, what goes up must come down and the second half of the day will have you cruising. Highlights of the day include Taylor Canyon and Taylor Park Reservoir, the 13 mile dirt ascent of Cottonwood Pass and Mt Princeton Hot Springs. Views of the Collegiate Peaks will leave you breathless as your day ends in Salida, a town that will be bustling with activity from the FIBArk Whitewater Festival.

Day 6
Friday, June 19

Salida to Canon City
66 Miles / 3,087′ Elev. Gain
4 Aid Stations
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Gravity is your friend as your first 45 miles, of the days’ 66, are mostly downhill. Highlights of the day include the infamous “Wall”, Royal Gorge Bridge and Park – standing tall as ever after the forest fires of 2013 – and Skyline Drive.

Day 7
Saturday, June 20

Canon City to Westcliffe
47 Miles / 4,281′ Elev. Gain
3 Aid Stations
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The Tour culminates with a half century day and an unbelievable trek over Hardscrabble Pass. It’s a tough 29 mile climb, but you’ll be rewarded with views of the Sangre de Cristo Mountains. We’re honored to conclude the week in Westcliffe, who is hosting Ride The Rockies for the first time in our 30 year history! Enjoy unparalleled views of the Wet Mountain Valley and countless meadows filled with wild flowers.

*All routes are subject to change pending permits. Routes may also be altered due to adverse weather and/or road conditions; in particular Ohio Creek Rd. and Cottonwood Pass Rd. in Gunnison County.