2024 Ride The Rockies Route
We’re thrilled to announce the 2024 Ride The Rockies Route with you all. This route is very unique to not only Ride The Rockies but Colorado, you will see parts of the state this tour has never been to and some amazing views. The roads are quiet and extremely well paved, the riding through Northwest Colorado is a hidden gem and sure to be challenging. Read more below on what each day of the route has in store and check out the video!
Daily route maps coming soon!
Total Mileage: 409+ Miles
Total Elevation: 23,010’+
Two National Monuments
Two Optional Gravel Sections
Day 1: June 10th, Steamboat Springs to Craig
Total Mileage: 66 Miles
Elevation Gain: +3595′
Your first day of Ride The Rockies 2024 will take off from Steamboat Springs High School and finish at the Moffatt County Fairgrounds in Craig. You will head south out of Steamboat Springs into the Yampa Valley and pass through the town of Oak Creek. After passing through Oak Creek you’ll turn east and summit Grassy Gap at an elevation of 7050′ then pass through the town of Hayden just before the finish in Craig. The first day will have a total mileage of 66 and elevation gain of +3595′ it’ll be a great beginning day that will set you up perfectly for the rest of the ride.
Day 2: June 11th, Craig to Meeker
Total Mileage: 61 Miles
Total Elevation: +3259′
Leaving out of Moffatt County Fairgrounds you’ll head through the town of Craig and South towards Hamilton. You’ll then continue south to Axial enjoying the quiet and well paved roads of this section of the route. After Axial, you’ll approach Ninemile Gap, a 7476′ pass with some tough climbs just before you end the day in Meeker at the Rio County Fairgrounds.
Day 3: June 12th, Meeker to Rangely
Total Mileage: 58 Miles
Elevation Gain: +1977′
Day three will give your legs a bit of a rest before a couple tough days of riding ahead. This is the second shortest and least elevation gain day on the tour, you’ll enjoy some great views and long descents from Meeker to Rangely. There will be plenty of time to enjoy Ride Head Quarters at Colorado Northwestern Community College and the town of Rangely a short distance away. Make sure to rest up for a tough day of riding. For the first time ever in Dinosaur National Monument.
Day 4: June 13th, Rangely to Rangely – Dinosaur National Monument
There are three different optional loops for day 4 and an epic ride through Dinosaur National Monument for the first time in Ride The Rockies History. Read below for each loops descriptions.
Day 4 Long:
Total Mileage: 107 Miles
Elevation Gain: +6899′
This century ride is packed with tough climbs and unqiue views. You’ll have climbing all the way up to your first summit at Canyon Overlook then continue on to Harpers Corner Overlook and even dipping into Utah! You’ll turn back around at Harpers Corner and descend quickly through the town of Dinosaur and back to Rangely.
Day 4 Short:
Total Mileage: 84 Miles
Elevation Gain: +5595′
Though labeled as the short loop it is still a very tough day of riding with lots of elevation gain. You’ll ride from Rangely to the town of Dinosaur and reach the highest point at Canyon Overlook before turning back south.
Day 4 Gravel:
Total Mileage: 90 Miles
Elevation Gain: +5546′
We are thrilled to offer you the first gravel section in Ride The Rockies history and what better place to do it the Dinosaur National Monument. The Rangely Gravel Grinder will be a 90 mile loop that will split off as the two others head for Canyon Overlook. This gravel section will have some punchy climbs and a long epic descent before joining back with the road riders in Dinosaur.
Day 5: June 14th Rangely to Fruita
Day 5 includes two great routes (road or gravel option) with breathtaking views and scenic riding over either Douglas or Baxter Pass (gravel).
Total Mileage: 79 Miles
Total Elevation Gain: +4,181′
This scenic route is sure to be one of the prettiest days of riding with pristine roads on the tour. Though we have had higher elevation passes on RTR Douglas Pass at 8268′ is sure to offer very challenging climbing. The views at the top showcase some untouched beauty of Colorado. You’ll enjoy these views through the entire descent into Fruita.
Day 5 Gravel Option:
Total Mileage: 103 Miles
Total Elevation: +6756′
You’ll immediately start off on gravel going up and out of Rangely, shortly after you’ll have a short road section before starting the ascent up to Baxter Pass. After lots of tough gravel climbing you’ll summit Baxter Pass at 8848′ and enjoy a long descent with incredible views into Grand County and finishing in downtown Fruita.
Day 6: June 15th Fruita to Fruita Colorado National Monument
Total Mileage: 39 Miles
Ride The Rockies 2024 final day! We will end the 2024 tour with a loop through Colorado National Monument and finish in downtown Fruita at Civic Center Park. This will be an incredible last day of riding through a gorgeous national monument followed by an epic party!