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, Ridgway, Rifle, Salida, Silverton, Steamboat Springs, Telluride, Trinidad, Vail, Walsenburg, Westcliffe and Winter Park.
In 2019 we look forward to revisiting these towns:
Crested Butte • Gunnison • Buena Vista • Snowmass • Carbondale • Hotchkiss • Gunnison • Mt. Crested Butte
Crested Butte • 8,909’ Elevation
Nestled in the heart of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, Crested Butte is committed to preserving the pristine landscape and mountain lifestyle. With vibrant Victorian storefronts and expressive local characters, the small historic town remains true to its heritage and radiates an unparalleled welcoming and inviting spirit that celebrates a simpler life and time. Thanks to a widely diverse landscape, outdoor enthusiasts of all levels will find a new challenge with each visit. From world-class mountain biking, to legendary skiing and snowboarding, to a secluded fly-fishing experience, Crested Butte is one of Colorado’s best-kept secrets.
Crested Butte and Mt Crested Butte Chamber link: www.cbchamber.com
Gunnison • 7,703′ Elevation
Established as a railroad hub in 1880, to support the booming mineral and mining industry, Gunnison has evolved into one of Colorado’s premier Western Slope communities, branding itself as the Base Camp of the Rockies. Gunnison is a rural community with a rich history influenced by cultural heritage, bountiful natural resources on adjacent federal lands, environmental stewardship, and traditional western community values. Located in the west-central Rocky Mountains, Gunnison is home to approximately 6,200 residents. The adjacent public lands to the City’s 4.1 square miles provide residents and visitors with a variety of recreational activities year-round including but not limited to; skiing; snowmobiling; ice fishing; skating; hunting; road, mountain, and dirt biking; hiking; and water sports on Blue Mesa Reservoir, Colorado’s largest man-made lake. In 2016, Outdoor Magazine ranked Gunnison as the 11th best community in the United States to live and play. Gunnison is also home to Western Colorado University (Western), a small liberal arts university with world class programs in a variety of academic disciplines, including several master degree programs. Western was ranked in the top 100 institutions in the western United States.
Gunnison’s western heritage is the foundation of a friendly, family-orientated, eclectic community that blends a traditional hometown atmosphere with a modern, independent spirit.
Link to Gunnison Country Chamber of Commerce
Buena Vista• 7,965’ Elevation
Buena Vista, Colorado is situated in the heart of the Rocky Mountains in the Upper Arkansas River Valley. With over 2,700 residents, our mountain town boasts of stunning views, thrilling outdoor adventures and an extremely tightknit community.
Buena Vista is renowned for its Collegiate Peaks Wilderness Area, much of which lies within the San Isabel National Forest. This wilderness area holds a collection of Sawatch Range Mountains and is set in the Buena Vista valley. The Sawatch Range contains some of Colorado’s highest peaks and provides magnificent views that inspire both visitors and local residents every day. Many of these peaks are named after universities, such as Mount Princeton, Mount Harvard and Mount Yale, earning the title “Collegiate Peaks”.
Flowing through Buena Vista is the Arkansas River, Colorado’s #1 rafted river. Surrounding the Arkansas River is Browns Canyon with its beautiful granite walls that tower over the river. Buena Vista’s mountains, river and wilderness area make this town a perfect playground for a range of outdoor activities such as mountain biking, hiking, fly fishing, kayaking, whitewater rafting, rock climbing, hunting, horseback riding and a host of other adventures.
For more information visit: www.buenavistacolorado.org
Snowmass • 14,098’
About Snowmass Village, Colorado – A renowned winter playground and vibrant summer community just 9 miles from downtown Aspen, Snowmass consistently ranks as one of the best ski areas in the world and was listed by USA Today as one of the 25 fastest-growing vacation destinations in 2018. Snowmass offers guests incredible views of mountain vistas, in addition to 2.8 million adjacent acres, open for activities and exploration. Snowmass offers a wide variety of outdoor activities, 25+ restaurants, 95 percent on-slope lodging, world-class shopping, unique special events and music – all year round. For more information and a complete calendar of events and activities, please visit: www.gosnowmass.com.
For more information visit: gosnowmass.com
Carbondale • 6,181’ Elevation
The picturesque town of Carbondale is located 170 miles west of Denver, 12 miles from Glenwood Springs, and 30 miles from Aspen in the heart of Colorado’s central Rocky Mountains. Carbondale is firmly on the bucket list of any Colorado traveler, and the summer season sees an ever-growing range of events and activities which intersect outdoor recreation with arts and culture, and agricultural heritage. Surrounded by scenic ranchland, Carbondale sits at the foot of Mt. Sopris and the confluence of the Crystal and Roaring Fork Rivers and is the perfect base for mountain adventure and outdoor recreation, where activities including mountain biking, hiking, fly-fishing, rafting, and climbing, are all doorstep accessible.
There is also plenty to do here in the winter months, and the Carbondale area offers a variety of comfortable lodging options, great casual and exquisite fine dining, creative arts and spectacular entertainment, and intriguing historical areas. Recently named one of Colorado’s “Best Active Towns,” Carbondale is Colorado’s Base Camp for recreation, dining, shopping, special events, history, and art enthusiasts. In 2016 Carbondale was designated a Creative District by the Colorado Creative Industries (CCI).
For more information visit: www.carbondale.com
Hotchkiss • 5,331’ Elevation
The community of Hotchkiss has occupied a prime spot on the banks of the North Fork of the Gunnison River, since 1882. Founded by ranchers, orchardists, former explorers and prospectors, Hotchkiss, was built on the tenacity and hard work of its founders. To this day, the Hotchkiss vibe still echoes this pioneer zeitgeist. But Hotchkiss is not limited to a reverence for the past.
As the hub of the lifestyle capital of Western Colorado – The North Fork Valley – Hotchkiss is home to an exciting mix of ideas and realities. The traditional and staid coexists with the vibrant electricity of those who have migrated here to build their own lives… often employing the grit of the founders with the vision of what a vibrant, re-imagined rural life can mean. Hotchkiss may look understated on the surface, but make no mistake, there’s a lot bubbling underneath!
Hotchkiss and the North Fork Valley are well-known for agricultural output… hundreds of acres of organic orchards and farms – check. Wineries, distilleries, breweries – check. Cattle, buffalo, sheep ranches – check. Did I say Yaks too? Beyond that, the area is a beacon for those with a creative bent. We have glass blowers, foundries, metal artists, clay workers, painters, writers, photo artists, a strong music culture, community theatre…
Not enough to pique your interest? How about the landscape! We are surrounded by stunning canyons to the south and west, mountains to the east, the great North Fork of the Gunnison River, two recreational reservoirs, the Grand Mesa to the Northwest. So many opportunities to get your “wild” on! We are here and we are waiting for you – see you soon!
For more information visit: northforkvalley.net
Mt. Crested Butte • 9,898’ Elevation
The Town of Mt. Crested Butte is home to just over 800 year-around residents. The Town is nestled among the Elk Mountains, with the East River to the northeast and Gothic Mountain and Paradise Divide to the north and Kebler Pass to the west. Our namesake mountain rises just above town to a height of 12,162 feet. This unique setting affords some of the most breathtaking vistas in Colorado. Residents, locals and visitors come to Mt. Crested Butte to enjoy a wide variety of outdoor activities such as downhill skiing, mountain biking, Nordic skiing, hiking, snowmobiling, mountain climbing, fat biking, fishing and so much more.
For more information visit: www.mtcrestedbuttecolorado.us