Sunday, June 11
Alamosa to Pagosa Springs
92.8 miles/4,122’ Elevation Gain
Highlights – Wolf Creek Pass; 10,856′
This year’s tour starts in the charming community of Alamosa; the ‘Gateway to Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes’. Alamosa is a small town surrounded by big views of the San Luis Valley. The first 50-miles will warm your legs up before climbing and descending Wolf Creek Pass into Pagosa Springs.
Monday, June 12
Pagosa Springs to Durango
68 Miles/4,004’ Elevation Gain
Highlights – Yellowjacket Pass; 7,785’
Day two has a few hills to climb, but nothing too major and the peak elevation is about 7,800 feet on top of Yellowjacket Pass. At Bayfield cyclists will turn off the main road and enjoy a stroll through beautiful farmland and scenic valleys. The ride will provide moderate climbs and a couple of nice challenges before winding into Durango.
Tuesday, June 13
38.7 Miles/2,468’ Elevation Gain
Highlights – Hesperus Hill, Southern Ute Reservation
The first half of this picturesque ride begins with a good climb, making you appreciate the second half and return back toward town. The ride will touch the Southern Ute Reservation and will be a great recovery ride, helping you feel rested and ready to tackle Day 4.
Wednesday, June 14
Durango to Ridgway (supported by Ouray)
83 Miles/7,792’ Elevation Gain
Highlights – Narrow Gauge Railroad, Coal Bank Pass; 10,640′, Molas Pass; 10,910′, Red Mountain Pass; 11,018′
Ridgway is a first time host community
No amount of training can prepare you for the breathtaking views that will present themselves on this day. This is one of the nations most remarkable rides; every turn, summit, and mile will deliver unspeakable beauty. The route is part of the San Juan Skyway, and between Durango and Silverton it parallels the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. After climbing Coal Bank, Molas and Red Mountain Pass, Cyclists will be rewarded by a warm welcome in Ouray, at their last aid station, before spinning out their final miles into Ridgway.
Thursday, June 15
Ridgway to Montrose
32.4.Miles/438’ Elevation Gain – regular tour
51.9 Miles/2365’ Elevation Gain – Government Springs Out-and-back Challenge
It’s the shortest day of the week at 32 miles unless you accept the Government Springs Challenge, which is a local favorite and was recently highlighted in the 2016 Official Montrose Visitor Guide. The Challenge won't disappoint, but if you choose to skip it you, you have certainty earned if. The quick spin from Ridgway will route you through peaceful farmlands and rolling hills before bringing you into the the quaint community of Montrose.
Optional 'Government Springs Challenge'
Friday, June 16
Montrose to Gunnison
65 Miles/6,691’ Elevation Gain
Highlights - Cerro Summit; 8,042′, Blue Mesa Reservoir, Curecanti National Recreation Area
On the sixth day, RTR cyclists will enjoy a 65-mile ride, with a couple climbs to the top of Cerro and Blue Mesa Summit. Participants will meander through the Curecanti National Recreation Area and enjoy the spectacular views of the Blue Mesa Reservoir, one of Colorado's must see destinations, before pedaling their way into the base camp of the Rocky Mountains; Gunnison.
Saturday, June 17
Gunnison to Salida
65.9 Miles/4,359’ Elevation Gain
Highlights – Monarch Pass; 11,312′
On its seventh and final day, the route will have no shortage of scenery and challenges. Cyclists will make their way to top of Monarch Pass and enjoy close to 20 miles down hill to the finish line in Salida. Participants will celebrate with 2,000 new and old friends as they reflect and rejoice at having turned 447 miles into a lifetime of memories!
Please note: All routes are subject to change pending permits. All miles and elevations are estimated using online GPS mapping software. If necessary, the RTR crew will provide updates to the information in the spring, after riding the course.
Route miles and elevation highlighted on marketing materials are based on the full tour route map created using the Ride With GPS website, available HERE.
Ride The Rockies is in partnership with Ride with GPS for the 2017 event season! The following page will serve as your information hub regarding the daily routes: ridewithgps.com/events/2017-RTR
On the event page you may "RSVP" to the ride, which will save a link to all of the routes and make them easily accessible. You can download any of the routes to your Garmin unit, or use the Ride with GPS app on iPhone or Android to view, record, and navigate. After the tour, the event page will update to show you and others who record with or upload to Ride with GPS.
Founded in 2007, Ride with GPS has established itself as the preferred route planning website of bicycle clubs and events, and the first choice for cyclists focused on experiencing and sharing great bicycle rides.