2020 Route

The 35th annual Ride the Rockies features the stunning roads of southwest Colorado, with this year’s start and finish situated in Durango, one of the Centennial State’s most popular outdoor recreation and tourism destinations.

Along with easy access to some of Colorado’s best road and mountain bike riding, Durango offers visitors a plethora of recreation and leisure opportunities. Ride the historic Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad, raft the rollicking whitewater of the Animas River, or simply enjoy delicious food and drink at one of the town’s many great restaurants and bars. Durango has it all.

And for the second year in a row, the Ride the Rockies route is a loop, simplifying logistics while taking riders on a breathtaking adventure around one of the most scenic areas in all of Colorado. Besides Durango, other host communities along this 6-day, 418-mile clockwise tour include Cortez, Norwood, and Ouray County. Along the way are challenging uphill encounters with Lizard Head Pass, Red Mountain Pass, Molas Pass, and Coal Bank Pass, which together account for the bulk of the route’s 28,484 feet of climbing.

COVID-19 Update

We are experiencing a difficult time in the world and, understandably, it is causing great levels of stress and anxiety for many.  The Denver Post Ride The Rockies has been assessing the current COVID-19 situation with our Medical Director and a team of local medical and civic authorities in addition to monitoring direction from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Our first and foremost priority is and always will be the safety and well-being of our constituents.  In consultation with this team, at this point it is our intention to move forward with the 2020 Ride The Rockies.


Elev. Gain

Durango to Pagosa Springs (79 miles/4,750’ Elevation Gain)

This experience is a fundraising event to benefit the Denver Post Community Foundation, the Adaptive Sports Center and the Davis Phinney Foundation. Limited to 50 participants, this is luxury on and off the bike.


11th Annual VIP Prologue Experience

Enhance your Ride The Rockies’ experience by participating in the 11th annual Prologue. Ride along cycling celebrities while being treated to the finest accommodations accommodations. Register today as space is limited to the first 50 people!