Colorado Cols

5-Day: Ultimate High Country Loop
or 7-Day: Grand Junction Loop

Wheeling Through Colorado’s High Country

If you are looking for cool mountain temperatures, wildflowers, above tree line views and quiet roads, this is your tour.

Tour Dates

2021

  • July 11 – 17 * Tour a go
  • July 18 – 24 * Tour opened
  • August 1 – 7
  • August 15 – 21
  • August 22 – 28 * Tour a go
  • August 29 – September 4

New for 2021:
5-day version ‘Ultimate High Country Loop”
Itinerary: Days 2-6 of the full 7-Day “Grand Junction Loop”

Tour Details

  • Duration: 7-days;
    5-day option available (ask for details)
  • Ride Type: Road
  • Difficulty: Advanced / Expert
  • Average Daily Mileage: 60 – 132
  • Price from: $3,095

As Colorado locals, we believe this is among the finest Colorado Bike Tour offered – the Colorado Cols. 

This carefully crafted cycling adventure spins a stunning route through the picturesque Grand Mesa, Gunnison, and White River National Forests plus over some iconic mountain passes (called “cols” in Europe) including: 

  • Kebler Pass
  • Cottonwood Pass (newly paved)
  • Independence Pass
  • McClure Pass

We also visit and spend time in both Crested Butte and Aspen – two very different, but equally enchanting Rocky Mountain towns.

Southwestern Colorado is the most remote area of the state and therefore has the least amount of vehicular traffic.

Although this Colorado bike tour is advanced, it’s not as hard as it may sound. The median age of our guests on this tour is around 50 years.

Cyclists from lower elevations ride in Colorado each year, and most have no problems. All it takes is some preparation, patience and a little more hydration than you’d normally have. Yes, you’ll likely ride slower, and your heart rate will increase, but these are the Rockies, after all.

Tour Itinerary

DAY 1 – Grand Mesa Scenic Byway
DAY 2 – Kebler Pass
DAY 3 – Trinidad to La Veta, CO
DAY 4 – Cottonwood & Independence Pass (Creted Butte to Aspen)
DAY 5 – Layover Day in Aspen, Maroon Bells & Castle Creek
DAY 6 – Aspen to Redstone via Snowmass
DAY 7 – McClure Pass

* Request the full itinerary via the contact form below.

Tour Highlights

  • Rim Rock Drive
  • Kebler Pass and Marcellina Mtn
  • West Elk Mountains and Molas Pass
  • Pine and Aspen Forests
  • Crested Butte
  • Optional MTB ride of Slate Creek, Paradise Divide, Baldy Mountain, and Gothic Valley
  • Cottonwood Pass and its 20-mile descent
  • Independence Pass
  • The enchanting towns of Aspen & Crested Butte
  • Rio Grande Trail – 26 car-free miles!
  • McClure Pass to Paonia
  • Summit the world’s largest flat topped mountain, Grand Mesa

Inclusions

  • 6-days of guide service 
  • Mechanical support
  • Support vehicle
  • 6-nights of lodging 
  • All meals
  • Entrance fees
  • Energy food, snacks, and non-alcoholic refreshments

Elation, beauty, laughter, self-knowledge, timelessness, satisfaction, discovery – this and more on every tour with you.

– Jim A

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This trip was fantastic – we had the best time ever. I am pretty sure I want to come back to North America to ride my bike again. We were lucky to have a great weather day by day, the itinerary was perfectly set up, we enjoyed all kind of landscapes, we had a nice bunch of cyclists and there was always a warm and friendly atmosphere in the group and with the guides. We took home a huge number of beautiful pictures but those most memorable are written deeply into our memories. This trip exceeded my best expectations and my thanks go to all of you organizers.

– Tomas

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