Total tour distance: 235 miles
Daily tour distance: 47 miles
Difficulty: 70 / 100
The changing of seasons in Colorado is amazing. The mountains are covered in with golden aspens. On this tour we will take you on some of the most picturesque riding in the state. Because the leaves change quickly we are leaving the exact rides for each day open to cater the mother natures whim and color.
The tour will be focused in the Central and southern mountains of Colorado. We will take in the sights around Aspen, Silverton, Telluride and Durango. We will be riding the same route as our San Juan Skyway tour. The route is beautiful in all seasons but Fall is truly spectacular. The leaf season in the high country can be hard to catch so we have three options for timing. Have no fear there will be color on all of the options and you will love the ride regardless. If the color looks to be early or late we may adjust our route to catch the fall splendor the high country has to offer.
Following the San Juan Skyway this adventure will take you through historic mining towns, over high mountain passes, and through fall color you will never forget. The San Juan Skyway is a 230 mile loop through Colorado's Southwest mountains. We will spend the days riding in Brisk Autumn mountain air and the evenings sampling some of the best craft beer in the state.
Day 1 - Arrive in Durango
This evening we will meet as a group at the Steamworks Brewing Company for a pre tour meal and entertainment.
Day 2 - Durango to Dolores - 47 miles
The first leg of our journey around the San Juan Skyway in search of fall color brings to small Dolores, Colorado. Dinner tonight will be at the Dolores River Brewery.
Day 3 - Dolores to Telluride - 65 miles
The cycle from Dolores to Telluride is a tough ride. It is mostly up hill but the payoff is TELLURIDE. This is a town worth pedaling too. We will have great beer waiting for you in one of the most beautiful spots around. If leaves cooperate with will be surrounded by magnificent color.
Day 4 - Telluride to Ouray - 50 miles
The ride from Telluride to Ouray is majestic. You will cycle along by streams, Mountains decked in fall color and postcard perfect mountains to the Switzerland of the United States. Ouray itself is picture perfect. Tonight we will sample brews from the Ouray Brewery over dinner and laughs.
Day 5 - Ouray to Silverton - 23 miles
While this ride is a shortish ride up and over Red Mountain pass on the Million Dollar Highway the result of your effort is highly rewarded in the town of Silverton, an old school mining town that looks much the same as it did in the late 1800's.
Day 6 - Silverton to Durango - 50 miles
The ride from Silverton to Durango is a glorious day of downhill riding through high mountain splendor you will be talking about until you come back and do it again. Tonight we will celebrate our adventure with dinner before parting ways.
Hotel is provided on final evening.