From spectacular Mountain Passes and Vistas in Colorado to the Enchanting Land of Eastern Utah, this adventure, which begins and ends in Denver CO, beckons to the explorer in us all. Highlights include Estes Park, Rocky Mountain National Park, Breckenridge, Pikes Peak, Telluride, Durango, Mesa Verde National Park, Moab, Canyon Lands National Park, Arches National Park, Vale, Aspen.
July 2 – July 11
Travel to Denver, Colorado. When booking flights, “DEN” is the Airport code. Early afternoon arrival is best. Upon your arrival, call the hotel for free airport shuttle service to the property. After check-in, a Ride America Tours representative will be available to assist you with collecting your bike and gear and to answer any questions you may have regarding the awesome days ahead. Be sure to gas-up your bike this evening in preparation for the ride tomorrow.
Be prepared for a breathtaking introduction to the Rocky Mountains as we ride north to Estes Park and into Rocky Mountain National Park. Entering the Park, you will soon find yourself riding above the tree line and crossing snow covered peaks at elevations in excess of 12,000 feet. Watch for Elk and Mountain Goats along the hillsides and the shorelines of crystal clear lakes. Feel the power of your bike as it carries you ever upward around wide sweeping turns while you kick back and enjoy the incredible vistas that surround you. The exhilaration and excitement of our ride today will be with you long after we return to Denver for the evening.
Today we begin our journey into the scenic interior of Colorado. After breakfast, we leave Denver for our ride to Salida, CO; where we will stay overnight. Before the end of day, we will visit the Royal George, home to highest suspension bridge in Colorado. Enjoy the ride through canyons, along rivers and over mountain passes.
This morning we head out early, leaving Salida in route to South Fork, CO. where we will stay overnight. Our ride takes us through Gunnison, Uncompahgre, National Forest and La Garita Wilderness; headwaters of the Rio Grande River, and past snow-covered peaks in excess of 14,000 feet. Enjoy the incredible ride.
Leaving South Fork in route to Durango, CO. where we will stay overnight. Along the way, we will ride through incredible country, including across Wolf Creek Pass, EL: 11,000 feet. In the afternoon, we will visit Mesa Verde National Park, famous for its Archeological Sites and cliff dwellings. Later in the evening, take a step back in time while enjoying Durango at your leisure.
Today, we leave Durango in route to Moab Utah. The first leg of the trip will take us due north along San Juan Sky Way to the old mining town of Silverton. Known as the Million Dollar Highway, this route parallels the Narrow Gage Rail Line between Durango and Silverton and it provides incredible views of river gorges and mountain peaks. Continuing on, we will visit Ouray where we will have lunch before continuing on our way to Moab where we will stay the night.
Fantastic sights await us as we leave Moab in route to Canyon Lands and Arches National Parks, both unforgettable works of nature. We will eat lunch in Moab. Afterwards, we make our way along the Colorado River on our way to Grand Junction CO., where we will visit Grand Junction Harley-Davidson, and spend the night.
Leaving Grand Junction we have another day of riding scenic highways and visit the well-known ski resort of Aspen. Again, experience breathtaking elevations and incredible scenery as we cross Independence Pass, nicknamed “The Top Of The Rockies”, at an elevation of over 12,000 feet. Crossing the Continental Divide, we make our way to the Old Mining Town of Leadville, CO. where we will stay the night.
From Leadville we return to Denver for the last night of our tour. In route, we will visit Breckenridge along with Mountain Passes and Old Mining Towns. A casual dinner will be hosted by Ride America Tours this evening in appreciation of you and your fellow participants. The event is always filled with good fun and great fellowship.
Following breakfast, checkout and return your bike and luggage to the staging area for reloading upon arrival of the transport.
Flying home? The hotel provides free shuttle service back to the airport with pickup times at least 2 hours before flight time.
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