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Colorado Ride

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). Visit and spend time in both Crested Butte and Aspen – two different, but equally enchanting Rocky Mountain towns.

Total Mileage
Group Size
15 Maximum (new small group departure)
Range of Daily Mileage
47-86 (E-Bikes available!)
Fundraising Commitment
Registration Fee TBD
Trip Length
5 Days

Climate Ride Colorado Cols explores the beauty of Colorado’s natural splendor and interesting mountain towns. Riding on quiet back roads and remote byways, this Climate Ride will challenge, inspire, and surprise as you pedal and connect with like-minded people dedicated to advancing sustainability.

On Climate Ride Colorado Cols, you’ll spend five days cycling on a scenic journey that explores some of the best that the Rocky Mountains have to offer. We’ll see inspiring scenery, stay at comfortable camps, visit several well-known mountain towns like Crested Butte and Aspen, and experience the thrill of touring by bicycle with a small community united by their passion for sustainability, renewable energy, and bicycles – the ultimate carbon-free form of transportation.

Climate Ride and our outfitter’s staff takes care of all the details, so you can focus on riding the 50-86 miles per day of carefully-planned routes on scenic roads. It’s challenging yet achievable, and you have all day to make it to the next rest stop. Meals, snacks, bike support, luggage transport, and all of the logistics are included when you reach the fundraising commitment. On the road, our support team is always nearby to assist you, keep you happy and healthy, and make your ride worry-free and memorable. Bike rental and E-bike rental options are available.

Proceeds from this event will support Climate Ride directly (no beneficiary selection for this event).


This is a road cycling camping trip. You will need to bring or rent a tent, sleeping bag, and sleeping pad. You can rent these through our outfitter and they will be brought to camp (rental information will be provided the Ride Guide).

Breakfasts, lunches, dinners, and snacks are handled by our expert local guides. We serve delicious energy packed meals with lots of fresh ingredients to satisfy all tastes. We can accommodate special diets; just let us know your preferences. We do not provide alcoholic beverages but feel free to bring your own. We’ll provide lots of snacks, and plenty of water.

Travel Information & Accommodations

This trip will meet at up in Paonia, CO. Exact times and dates will be announced soon.

The cycling event will end in Paonia, CO on Day 5 in the evening.

Getting To and From Grand Junction, CO

We recommend arriving in Grand Junction at least one day before the departure of your trip. Cars from home and rental cars can be left in Paonia for the trip.

The nearest airport if flying is Grand Junction international airport.

Airport Code: GJT

Grand Junction Lodging

Grand Junction is a popular summer vacation spot. It is a good idea to book your rooms several months in ad­vance if possible. There are many lodging options in Grand Junction, but we’ll have some recommendations and an official trip hotel listed here soon, and in your Ride Guide once you register.

Cell Phone Service & WiFi

There is limited cell phone access during the day, but there should be service in town. We recommend you enjoy this digital detox!

What do I need to bring on the ride?

All riders need to have a road bike, helmet, tent, sleeping bag, sleeping pad (see camping gear rental info), and a suitcase or duffle containing clothes, toiletries, and anything else necessary for several days on the road. The Ride Guide will contain a more detailed suggested packing list and will be distributed to registered participants before the event. If you have a non-perishable personal favorite snack or electrolyte brand please feel free to bring some along! Bike rental info will be provided in the Ride Guide after you register. There will be E-bikes available to rent.

IF BRINGING YOUR OWN BIKE: Have your bike tuned up before the tour and have any worn-out parts replaced. You may want to ship your bike ahead of time to our bike shop partner in Grand Junction. There will be an assembly fee, and they can also disassemble and box it up at the end of the trip as well.

What kind of support can I expect on the ride?

Climate Ride has partnered with an outfitter to provide the most experienced and friendliest professional guides. We have rest stops each day with snacks and water, and on-route we have vehicle support that carries luggage, and also functions as a mobile mechanic and first aid station. You can also expect an unlimited supply of camaraderie and encouragement from the Climate Ride staff, the guides, and your fellow riders!

What does my fundraising support and why is it so important?

This is a special Climate Ride Funders Trip and the proceeds directly support Climate Ride’s work. Your fundraising on Climate Ride Colorado will benefit the programs and efforts of Climate Ride including our community scholarships for young climate leaders. You are helping us grow the organization to become an advocacy powerhouse that engages people in the world of active environmental philanthropy and sustainable solutions. On this special departure, you cannot select from the beneficiary list. All donations are tax-deductible.

Fundraising and Transfer Deadlines | Important Dates

Fundraising Deadlines:


Transfer Deadline: No transfers are available for this ride. Because of the preparation that is undertaken to create this trip, if you cancel for any reason, your fundraising cannot be transferred to another event but will go directly to support Climate Ride’s work.

Learn more about deadlines and transfers on our Policies page.

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!

More Questions?

Be sure to review our general FAQ and policies or contact us!

Katrina Peterson
Colorado Ride

Loved it! The route was gorgeous. The staff was outstanding. The weather was perfect. It was a wonderful way for me to ease back onto my bike.

The six Climate Ride events that I have completed I consider to be among my proudest achievements as someone who loves the planet, who loves to give back, and who loves to cycle and hike. If you want to hit this awesome love trifecta, too, then sign up today!!

Melissa Valentin
Colorado Ride

Climate Ride encouraged me to participate in a supported, physically challenging bike ride through the Rockies while raising funds for climate research and creating relationships with 3-dimensional, compassionate, and inspirational individuals. Although I am an experienced climate warrior, I am a novice biker and I felt supported and encouraged throughout the ride thanks to the extraordinary staff and fellow riders.

Claire FitzGerald
Death Valley National Park

Climate Ride’s combination passionate people and amazing riding creates a magical community like no other. I work in the sustainability space for my job which can be tiring, and climate ride is where I come to recharge. After each ride (I’ve done four now!) I leave feeling a sense of gratitude and fulfillment for my rider buddies what we we accomplished together.