Ride The Rockies has been fortunate enough to experience the hospitality of the following host communities throughout its years: Alamosa, Aspen, Avon, Boulder, Breckenridge, Buena Vista, Cañon City, Carbondale, Castle Rock, Chama, N.M., Colorado Springs, Copper Mountain, Cortez, Craig, Crested Butte, Delta, Denver, Durango, Edwards, Estes Park, Fort Collins, Frisco, Georgetown, Glenwood Springs, Golden, Granby, Grand Lake, Grand Junction, Greeley, Gunnison, Hotchkiss, Idaho Springs, Leadville, Manitou Springs, Montrose, Ouray, Pagosa Springs, Rifle, Salida, Silverton, Steamboat Springs, Telluride, Trinidad, Vail, Walsenburg, Westcliffe and Winter Park.
In 2018 we look forward to revisiting 5 of these towns : Breckenridge, Edwards, Grand Lake, Winter Park and Steamboat Springs. This is our 10th visit to Steamboat Springs!
Breckenridge • 9,600’ Elevation
In the 1800s, prospectors flooded what was to become Breckenridge, Colorado with the hopes of striking gold (and they found it). Today, travelers will discover a mountain community rich in adventure and history. As one of the nation’s premier year-round resorts, Breckenridge offers an incredible selection of activities and signature events.
Summer offers unforgettable rounds at the Breckenridge Golf Club, one of the world’s only 27-hole, Jack Nicklaus-designed municipal golf course. Beyond the greens, Breckenridge is continually improving recreational territory with an expanding trail network that connects downtown with Rocky Mountain wilderness. It’s the perfect playground for fly fishing, rafting, horseback riding, biking, historical tours and more.
When the vibrant gold of fall gives way to snow, Breckenridge offers an array of winter activities. Breckenridge Ski Resort continues to be one of the most popular winter destinations for visitors from across the U.S. and around the world. More than 2,900 acres and 187 trails are covered annually with 355 inches of snow. In addition to the downhill skiing and snowboarding available across five mountain peaks, Breckenridge boasts miles of snowshoeing and cross-country skiing trails.
For more information, visit http://www.gobreck.com/
Edwards • 7,221’ Elevation
Located 110 miles west of Denver, Edwards is an unincorporated town located in the heart of the Vail Valley. Situated below the Sawatch Mountain Range with the Eagle River running through its midst, Edwards offers shopping, dining, lodging and access to other businesses to visitors looking to experience the nearby resorts and lifestyle afforded in the high country.
Established in 1984, Edwards is situated at an elevation of 7,226 feet and has a population of approximately 7,500 people, making it the single largest community in Eagle County. Exemplifying the best aspects of a small town with its friendly neighborhoods, wide range of activities and access to the mountains, river and open space, Edwards has quickly become a destination on its own.
To visit Edwards, simply drive 15 miles west of Vail or 5 miles west of Avon to discover a wide variety of shops, restaurants, bars and services in a beautiful mountain setting.
For more information, visit: www.visitvailvalley.com
Steamboat Springs • 6,732’ Elevation
A Rocky Mountain destination in Northwest Colorado, Steamboat Springs is a year-round outdoor playground and a historic resort town where western heritage meets abundant adventure. From world class skiing on Champagne Powder® in the winter months, Steamboat Springs has more Olympians than any other town in North America. Summers are filled with miles of single track and endless county roads, tubing the Yampa and soaking in the hot springs, golfing among the peaks and valleys, and exploring the abundant lakes, rivers and streams that dot the landscape. Downtown Steamboat Springs pays tribute to its ranching roots with a renowned weekly rodeo, heritage shops and outfitters, and a culinary community that takes homegrown to new heights. Throughout the summer, Steamboat blooms with activity from Lincoln Avenue to the mountain base and beyond. Get up here and experience one of Colorado’s authentic western mountain towns.
For more information, visit: www.steamboatchamber.com.
Grand Lake • 8,369’
At the western edge of Rocky Mountain National Park sits the historic town of Grand Lake, Colorado. It is a town where one steps back into time, where the store owners proudly manage their businesses, and greet visitors every day from their western boardwalk storefronts. It is home to fabulous dining, overseen by local restaurateurs, and designed to give visitors the optimal dining experience. Grand Lake is a town that buzzes to life at night; live music resonates from local lodges and saloons beckoning patrons inside for premiere entertainment. It is a place that houses the Rocky Mountain Repertory Theatre, and frequent festivals and parades.
Grand Lake, Colorado is steeped in rich western history, which is embodied in our daily culture. One may find horses parked outside local establishments alongside cars. Once home to the Ute Indian Tribe, the spirit of the west is alive in Grand Lake, long after the tribe dispersed. There are historic walking tours, museums, and other opportunities to immerse yourself in the way of the west during your visit to Grand Lake.
It is “The Soul of the Rockies”, and visitors understand the feeling of being able to really breathe again here. Its namesake, Grand Lake, is the deepest natural lake in Colorado, dipping to 265 feet. Fed by high mountain runoff, the lake is clear and pristine. Home to the Colorado River Headwaters, streams and rivers snake through the area, inviting you to fish and hike along their waters.
In the spring watch the wildlife emerge from Rocky Mountain National Park, cow moose and their young calves toddle across our local streets. In the summer months visitors can explore the lake by boat, kayak, and even paddle boards. Horseback riding, ATVs, and cycling opportunities are as plentiful in the area as the trout are in our waters. Golf, hot air balloon, and live your dreams here.
For more information, visit: www.grandlakechamber.com
Winter Park • 8,574’ Elevation
Just because you’re all grown up, doesn’t mean you have to stop playing. Welcome to Winter Park, Colorado’s favorite® playground! With hundreds of miles of cross-country trails and two downhill bike parks, Mountain Bike Capital USA™ has it all: mellow rides, heart-thumping epic singletrack adventures and gravity-fed adrenaline. No matter what level of adventure seeker you happen to be, beginner to expert, low-key to high-adrenaline we’ve got you covered!
Winter Park was voted Top Adventure Town for good reason! Tucked against the Continental Divide Winter Park offers the best of the Rockies: magnificent views of towering mountain peaks, exciting camping, hiking, biking, and boating experiences and we’re an incredible basecamp to enjoy all that Rocky Mountain National Park has to offer since we’re just 37 miles from the west entrance.
Winter Park is buzzing all summer long with music, beer, wine, tequila and food festivals as well as art events, bike and running races. Top that off with great places to stay and a unique downtown where you can dine and shop, Winter Park truly is a fun and affordable mountain town to enjoy.
If you can’t join us for summer, we do put the winter in Winter Park, with over 360” of snow each year for skiing, snowboarding, tubing, sleigh rides and snow angel making, surely your inner child can find plenty to do. Good thing we’re only 67 miles from Denver.
Maybe it will be your first visit, but we're betting it won't be your last. We invite you to come and explore Winter Park, Colorado’s favorite® playground.
For more information, visit: playwinterpark.com