Colorado: Our Ride the Rockies
8 Day Inn Tour
One of our guides, Michelle, lives here and designed this tour for us. It’s well known that Colorado has some of the best roads and most beautiful scenery in the world for bicycling. Less well-known is its abundance of amazing bike paths. They cut through passes, go for miles along babbling brooks and circle alpine lakes. Come with us as we explore some of the best bike paths and scenic byways the Rocky Mountains have to offer.
The first 6 women to sign up receive 5% discounts.
Long gradual climbs and descents at altitude. Moderate to advanced cycling level.
7 nights lodging, 6 breakfasts, 4 picnic and sack lunches, 5 dinners, snacks, detailed cue sheets, van support & trained guides.
$195 for Specialized road or hybrid bikes designed specifically for women. $295 for an electric-assist ebike.
Fly into Denver and take the Colorado Mountain Express shuttle to Frisco. Or drive and leave your car at our starting hotel for the week. WomanTours will provide a complimentary shuttle back to the Denver airport by 11:00am at the end of the tour.
"It was absolutely wonderful. The rides were the right distance and difficulty. The scenery and weather were fantastic. I loved all the boutique hotels. My favorites were the Hotel Frisco and Annabelle Inn. The restaurants were amazing. I ate way too much on this trip but I managed not to gain weight. Michelle and Denise were awesome! "
DAY 1: We meet in Frisco, known as Main Street of the Rockies. After a rental bike fitting at 3:00pm and an orientation at 5:30pm, we’ll have our first dinner together. Consider coming a day early to help yourself acclimate to the altitude. There’s plenty of hiking and shopping to do in town. 0 miles.
DAY 2: After breakfast together, we’ll begin our tour with an easy warm-up loop on a fun bike path around scenic Lake Dillon. Another bike path will then take us up and over Swan Mountain to Breckenridge where we can stop for lunch on our own. Be sure to get a homemade donut before leaving town. Then enjoy the stunning view of the lake and the surrounding snow-capped mountains on your way back to Frisco. 33 miles.
DAY 3: Today we cycle over Vail Pass. It is the only Colorado mountain pass with a bike path the entire distance on both sides. You’ll bike alongside creeks as the beautifully paved path makes it way up the valley. We will reward you for your climb to the 10,600’ summit with a picnic lunch. From there, it’s down hill to the beautiful town of Vail. Stop for a coffee or ice-cream before continuing on to Edwards, on the banks of the Eagle River, where we’ll spend the night. 42 miles.
DAY 4: Today we ride the Glenwood Canyon Recreational Trail, a gorgeous paved bike path that winds along the roaring Colorado River through Glenwood Canyon. Just before the end of the ride, you can choose to take an optional 2-mile hike up to Hanging Lake, an emerald gem hidden in the side of the canyon wall.
We stay right in downtown Glenwood Springs, across the street from the world’s largest natural hot springs pool, You’ll have time to take a dip before or after dinner if you’d like. 49 miles.
DAY 5: After breakfast we begin our gentle climb to Aspen along the Rio Grande Trail. This 42-mile paved rail-to-trail follows the Roaring Fork River. Aptly named, its waters cascade down thousands of feet and will serenade you as you cycle today. 44 miles.
DAY 6: On our layover day in Aspen, you can choose to cycle to Maroon Bells Scenic Wilderness Area. The quiet road closed to almost all traffic gently climbs for 10 miles to an alpine lake. Behind it are Maroon Bells, two of the highest peaks in the Elk Mountains. It is one of the most photographed places in the country. Once there, you can hike around the lake, or just enjoy the descent back to town.
You can spend the rest of the day exploring Aspen. Though best known for the rich and famous who flock here to ski in the winter, Aspen is a vibrant year-round community. You can walk its pedestrian mall lined with shops and outdoor cafés, check out an outdoor concert, or get a massage. Whatever you do, you probably won’t want to leave. 0 or 21 miles.
DAY 7: We’ve saved the most challenging ride for last. We’ll rise in the morning to head up over Independence Pass. Voted “Best Imitation of a Tour de France Climb” by Bicycling magazine, this steady climb reaches a summit of 12,095’.
Along the way, you’ll cycle along the Roaring Fork River until it becomes just a trickle. Once above tree-line, you’ll have amazing views of the alpine tundra and the valley below. Enjoy your packed lunch waiting for you at the top before descending into Lake Creek and finishing at Twin Lakes. Then we’ll all shuttle back to Frisco for our final dinner together to celebrate our accomplishments. 38 miles.
DAY 8: Enjoy breakfast on your own this morning. WomanTours will provide a complimentary shuttle back to the Denver airport, arriving by 11:00am. Or you can take the commercial shuttle at your leisure. 0 miles.