Western Slope to Rocky Mountain National Park and Boulder, Colorado
August 25-30, 2018
Early registration discount ends January 15, 2018! Register early for $50 off the registration fee.
This departure is limited to 60 people.
The newest Climate Ride is an amazing 6-day adventure that begins in Western Colorado at the Carpenter Ranch near Hayden, CO, a private conservation ranch known for its beauty and superb bird habitat. Our route travels quiet roads to Steamboat Springs and the Yampa River Valley. Then we cross the Rockies through Rocky Mountain National Park to our triumphant finale in Boulder. Climate Ride will provide a shuttle from Denver and Boulder to the ride start. Daily cycling mileages will suit all types of cyclists.
|Trip Dates:||August 25-20, 2018|
|Start Location:||Denver, CO|
|End Location:||Boulder, CO|
|Fundraising Commitment:||$3,200 minimum|
|Trip Length:||6 days|
|Total Mileage:||250, with multiple daily mileage options|
|Average Daily Mileage:||50|
|Accommodations:||Mix of Rooms, Campgrounds, Lodges (full Indoor Accomodation/Hotel options available)|
|Maximum Group Size:||60|
|$500 to be raised by:||July 6, 2018|
|$1600 to be raised by:||July 27, 2018|
|$3200 to be raised by:||August 17, 2018|
August 3, 2018
Note: If you'd like to register after or near a fundraising deadline, don't worry, we're here to help you get up to speed!
Day 1 – Shuttle to the Rockies and Hike
Climate Ride's new Colorado adventure begins in the Mile-High City (Denver) – with a shuttle transfer to Carpenter Ranch in Western Colorado, a private, 900-acre conservation ranch idyllically located on the Yampa River. The Ranch is a birdwatcher's paradise and is one of The Nature Conservancy’s premiere conservation projects that aims to protect this historic, biologically important area. We’ll get a chance to explore the Ranch on a short hike and tour of the property, then we’ll settle into our camp (rooms are available at the Ranch) and then gather for a Western BBQ welcome dinner (veggie options available!) and to hear from conservation and climate experts.
Day 2 – 36 miles
One of our shorter days, our pace will be more relaxed today. Following a hearty hot breakfast at the Ranch, our journey takes us through rolling open plains, dotted with sagebrush to the quaint town of Steamboat Springs. Here we’ll pedal along the Yampa River bike trail into downtown where we’ll enjoy a picnic lunch at a local park. The afternoon includes shuttles into town for shopping or a relaxing soak in the natural waters at local hot springs. Tonight, we’ll enjoy an outdoor picnic dinner at camp before hearing from an informative speaker. Then it’s your choice whether to hit the hay early for the big day tomorrow or stay up stargazing. Camping or cabins at the campground tonight, or you can get a hotel (from our hotel list) in Steamboat Springs.
Day 3 – 48 or 73 miles
Today is a big day! We have some amazing riding this morning when we head south from Steamboat Springs and pedal past small family farms toward the striking Flat Top Mountains. We’ll have a picnic lunch in the town of Yampa next to a historic jailhouse and the town’s quirky General Store. After lunch, we climb over Gore Pass, and then a 10-mile downhill descending through a vast verdant forest to the town of Kremmling, our destination for the night. We’ll stay at a local hotel this evening, and explore the town’s dining options during an on-your-own dinner.
Day 4 - 46 miles
On the morning of Day 4, the epic cycling continues as we ride along the headwaters of the Colorado River to the foot of Rocky Mountain National Park. Along the way, we’ll ride through a stunning canyon and enjoy a fortifying lunch in the town of Hot Sulpher Springs. In the afternoon, we’ll pass by several wildlife viewing areas that showcase the rich diversity of this region. Then, turning north, we’ll climb alongside Lake Granby to Grand Lake – a classic vibrant mountain town lined with souvenir shops, stores, and eateries. Enjoy a well-deserved ice cream cone in town before the last few miles to our camp located adjacent to the National Park. Camping and cabins available.
Day 5 - 45 miles
Today we’ll traverse Rocky Mountain National Park on Trail Ridge Road – hands-down one of the most scenic and challenging stretches of highway in America. From camp, we’ll roll through stunning sub-alpine meadows before beginning our climb to above the tree-line. The ascent is gradual and eventually, we’ll top out at 12,090 ft – more than two miles above sea level. The views from the top are spectacular and worth the climbing and heavy breathing! After taking it all in, we’ll descend down the east side of the mountain range to Estes Park where we’ll stay in rustic lodge rooms, enjoy a private camp cook-out dinner, and hear from our final speakers of the week.
Day 6 – 49 miles
This morning, we head out early on our final ride! After a hearty breakfast and packing up snacks, we’ll depart Estes Park, and begin riding through thick forests of the Front Range to the town of Ward where we’ll visit a local artists’ collective gallery. From there, we’ll descend to the Great Plains and jump on a bike path into the famous town of Boulder. Here we’ll enjoy a final picnic lunch and then retrieve our gear before saying goodbye until the next Climate Ride.
Overnight Locations - Camping and Hotel Options
Climate Ride Colorado is a 5-night, 6-day cycling trip that showcases the best of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains from Hayden to Boulder through Rocky Mountain National Park.
Each evening, our accommodations vary and we'll be staying at a campground, hotel or lodge along the route. Amenities in camp include hot showers, a first aid station, electronics charging station, clean restrooms, and shared accommodations in cabins or rooms (at some locations). Three of the nights are camping, so you should bring your tent, sleeping bag, and pad.
If you'd like to stay at hotels during the ride on these nights, we will shuttle you to designated hotels near camp. Please be advised that you need to confirm hotels with the Climate Ride staff immediately and that there are extra logistics involved in the hotel shuttle. More information will be available in the Travel Planner after you register.
Breakfasts and dinners are handled by local caterers. Think hot breakfasts with lots of options and coffee, and nourishing, tasty dinners with delicious desserts. Picnic lunches are prepared by our amazing food crew and include lunch meats, veggie options, salads, and all the fixings. Our morning snack table will have items to-go to keep you energized all day while riding.
On Climate Ride Colorado, camp becomes a traveling village and dynamic community. In the evenings after dinner, we’ll gather for our Evening Program which features speakers, locals, and experts. A community doesn’t get better than on Climate Ride!
The trip begins in Denver, Colorado on Saturday, August 25, 2018, at 12 noon. If you’re traveling to Denver for the ride, you’ll probably want to arrive the night before and stay in the Denver area. More detailed information about the ride start is available in the Travel Planner which you’ll receive once you register.
At the trip end in Boulder on Thursday, August 30, we’ll have a shuttle available destined for Denver as well as the Denver airport. The shuttle will depart at 2 pm after a picnic lunch and group photo. We recommend not making flight arrangements until after 5 pm.
TRAIN: If you are traveling to the ride with Amtrak, you may be able to bring your bike onboard! Learn more here.